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Jul
14
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Project Details

You've been working so hard lately! It's time for you to have a luxurious bed that you can flop your tired body into at the end of the day. Check out this 4 Post Canopy Bed! It's a simple construction with TONS of character. After you wake up from your restful slumber, we want to see your hard work!

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$225-$275
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Tools
Lumber
  • 4 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x3 at 8’
  • 13 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 9 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 12 – 2x8 at 8’                                                          
  • 4 – 4x4 at 8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 4x4 at 7-1/4” – Legs
  • 2 – 2x8 at 84” – Side Bases
  • 2 – 2x8 at 83” – Head/Foot Bases
  • 5 – 2x4 at 85” – Stretchers
  • 10 – 2x4 at 3-3/4” – Stretcher Bases
  • 2 – 1x3 at 75-1/2” – Cleats
  • 2 – 2x8 at 89-3/4” – Side Bed Frames
  • 2 – 2x8 at 91” – Head/Foot Bed Frames
  • 2 – 1x2 at 91-1/2” – Side Trim
  • 2 – 1x2 at 92-1/2” – Head/Foot Trim
  • 13 – 1x4 at 76-1/2” – Slats
  • 4 – 4x4 at 79-1/4” – Posts
  • 2 – 2x4 at 84” – Head/Foot Canopy Frames
  • 4 – 2x8 at 84” – Headboard Slats
  • 2 – 2x4 at 83” – Side Canopy Frames
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Head/Foot Bases, Side Bases, and Legs. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Head/Foot Bases and Side Bases. Next, drill pocket holes in the two outside sides of the top each Leg (the sides that will not make contact with the Bases). Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Stretchers and Stretcher Bases. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the each end of the Stretchers and in the top end of the Stretcher Bases. Once installed, the top of the Stretchers should be flush with the top of the Bases. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Cleats. Position the Cleats as shown with a 4-3/4” space on each end of the Cleat. The Cleat will be 3/4” above the Stretcher to which it is attached.  Assemble as shown with glue and 2” Wood Screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Head/Foot Bed Frames and the Side Frames. The ends should be cut at a 45-degree angle. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the each angled end of the Side Frames. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.  

Place the Bed Frame assembly on top of the Base assembly as shown and attach with glue and 2-1/2” Wood Screws. The Cleats will sit 3/4” below the Bed Frame pieces.  

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Step 5

Cut the pieces for Head/Foot Trim and the Side Trim. Each end of the Trim pieces should be cut at a 45-degree angle. Attach to the Frame pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws or Brad Nails.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Slats. Position the Slats as shown, approximately 2-1/2” apart. Attach to the Stretchers with 1-1/4” Wood Screws – you should be fine attaching to the first, middle, and last Stretchers only. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the Posts, Headboard Slats, Head/Foot Canopy Frames and Side Canopy Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Canopy Frame pieces. Also, drill pocket holes in two opposite sides of the bottom ends of the Posts. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Headboard Slat pieces as well as along the long sides to attach the Slats together as shown. Assemble with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Step 8

Assemble the remaining Posts and Canopy Frame pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A 4 Post Canopy Bed via @thedesconf
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Jun
23
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Project Details

This table is an easy build and can easily be amped up in any manner you wish! Keep it simple and create the table top from a sheet of plywood, or get fancy and use a series of boards and a weathered finish. You can even swap the lumber for Cedar or Redwood prefab fencing (4x4 posts and fence boards) and with a bit of elbow grease in the sanding department you have yourself and pretty fancy outdoor dining table. Get creative or keep it simple, either way we can't wait to see!

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$50-$100
Dimensions
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Tools
Lumber
  • 5 – 2x4 at 8’                                                            
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 8 – 2x4 at 30” – Legs
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 39”x60” – Top
  • 2 – 2x4 at 33” – Short Aprons
  • 2 – 2x4 at 53” – Long Aprons 
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Legs. “Sandwich” two Legs together. Secure with glue and 2-1/2” wood screws. This set of two Legs will create one Leg for the Table.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Step 2

Cut the piece for the Top. With the Kreg jig for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in locations shown. Secure the Top to the Legs as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood if desired.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Short and Long Aprons. With the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends and along the bottom edge of each Apron. The Aprons will be set back 1-1/2” from the outer edge of the Top. Secure the Aprons to the Legs and to the Top as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Outdoor 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Jun
15
2015
You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Raised Cube Planter via @thedesconf
Project Details

Plants are my jam... you might have noticed? Both inside and in the great outdoors, planters are such an important feature. It's easy to see why they are perfect for your indoor beauties, but I adore using planters and pots outside as well to give interest and height to my plantings. In groupings on a patio or carefully placed throughout your landscape, there is no spot that wouldn't benefit from something like this! This planter is perfect for that vacant spot in your family room that is just aching for something living and would be a stunner scattered throughout your patio living space to spice things up and provide beauty, aside from the beauty of your lush greenery of course. Duh... Now get building and let some sawdust fly! And if you find an online resource that has a great selection of teak, cedar or redwood (all ideal for outdoor uses), let us know in the comments so we can all take our projects to the next level here as well!

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Raised Cube Planter via @thedesconf

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$25-$50
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Raised Cube Planter via @thedesconf
Tools
Lumber

For outdoor projects // Teak, Cedar and Redwood are recommended. These are typically more expensive, however this varies by region and of course each region has affordable alternatives that will work well if the previously mentioned ideals are not really an option due to budget. Which specie is best will depend on your regions climate among other things and may vary greatly from region to region. Which is the best choice for your project might be a great question to ask your local lumber supplier and regardless of lumber choice, just be sure to seal, seal, seal to protect from the elements for the greatest possible longevity and least amount of ongoing maintenance.

  • 1 – 1x2 at 3’
  • 2 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x4’
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x2 at 11” – Legs
  • 8 – 2x2 at 15” – Upper and Lower Sides
  • 2 – 1x2 at 15” – Planter Supports (could also use 2x2s scraps for this)
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 11-3/4”x18” – Front and Back
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 11-3/4”x16-1/2” – Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/2”x16-1/2” – Bottom
Instructions

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project, there are often tidbits on adjustments or helpful hints for the build and possible typos that should be accounted for. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques, and helpful hints for easier building. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a protective sealant type product such as a wax or polyurethane (spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly are extremely easy to apply and use) to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow proper safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Check back often for new tips, tricks, and helpful info for building as we will be adding to this section of the site quite a bit in the coming months. Holler at me if you need help and have fun!

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Legs and Upper Sides. With the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Upper Sides. Secure the Upper Sides to the Legs with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Raised Cube Planter via @thedesconf
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Lower Sides. With the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Lower Sides. Secure the Lower Sides to the Legs with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Raised Cube Planter via @thedesconf
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Planter Supports. With the Kreg jig for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Planter Supports. Secure the Planter Supports to the Upper Sides with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. 

You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Raised Cube Planter via @thedesconf
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Front, Back, and Sides. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both sides of the Sides and along the bottom edge. Drill another set of pocket holes in the bottom edge of the Front and Back pieces. Assemble the Front, Back, and Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Attach the Front, Back, and Sides to the Upper Sides with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood on the Planter if desired.

You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Raised Cube Planter via @thedesconf
Step 5

Cut the piece for the Bottom. Place inside the Planter as shown and attach to the Upper Sides and Supports with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. The bottom image shows the Bottom attached to the Planter, with the Front, Back, and Sides removed for an easier view. For better soil drainage, you can drill a few holes in the Bottom!

You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Raised Cube Planter via @thedesconf
You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Raised Cube Planter via @thedesconf
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

May
26
2015

My wife wanted to be able to have chairs on the ends so I extended the top by 14" over the frame.  We also wanted to be able to cover the gutter so we used $10 plastic planter boxes and I cut a 2x6 to drop into the gap.  There is a 2" hole towards the center to be able to pull the lids off.  We did the entire thing in cedar, then finished in linseed oil.  Since this will be out in the elements, we wanted to prolong its life.  :)

Estimated Cost 

$250 including lumber, planter boxes and weather resistant screws

Length of Time 

2 afternoons

Modifications 

Made out of cedar instead of fir

Extended the table top for additional seating

Change gutter to planter boxes

Lumber Used 

8 2x6s at 8'

8 2x4s at 8'

Finishing Technique 

Linseed oil

May
06
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Eunnyjang's Patio Rocker

I built this rocking chair pretty much as soon as the plans came out! It's still snowing here in Colorado but I'm making sure I'm super-prepared for summer.

I love the way this turned out, barring a couple glaring errors that hopefully won't be noticed once everything is sanded and painted. Thanks for the great plans—they were precise and error-free.

Estimated Cost 

$20 for hardware and paint—all the lumber was leftovers and scraps from other projects.

Length of Time 

An entire Saturday and Sunday morning, including two unnecessary hardware store trips because I kept buying hardware with weird threadings that didn't' work together!

Modifications 

I made a handful of modifications:

1 - I tweaked the rocker curve for a faster rock (more like a 39" or 40" radius) and to shape the edges a little more. I also made the rockers out of 2-by material instead, partially because that's what I had and also because I made my chair out of softwood—I felt like they needed to be a little beefier to be stable and wear well on a brick patio.

2 - My chair was a little prone to splaying out at the back of the rocking action—I think because of the wood—so I used a length of all-thread as a stretcher between the back legs. It works really well to keep the rockers perfectly parallel and makes the rocking much smoother and more stable.

3 - Replaced the two bolts at each joint with one because I wanted to counter-bore with a washer on the outside; the joints are additionally pinned with screws from the inside to prevent racking. The benefit to doing it this way is that I could dry-assemble the whole chair and adjust everything slightly to get things perfectly level and make the rocking super-smooth before adding glue and screws.

I also swapped out the slats for 2.5" wide strips to match better with some other patio furniture I have, and made the seat back lower for more of a low-slung look.

Lumber Used 

Construction Douglas fir that had been sitting in my shed for a couple of months.

Finishing Technique 

Unfinished thus far, but I'm planning to paint with acrylic enamel in a fun yellow. I'll probably eventually cut the bolts down, too; I counter-bored for them so they stick out a bit too far.

Additional Project Details 

I tried template/pattern routing for the first time on this project, and it worked out amazingly well. I made my rocker template on 1/2" MDF (which also gave me a good chance to lay out and tweak the curve before committing) and then used it to make two exactly identical rockers. I also used the router to trim excess off the side frames, using the rocker surface as the new "template". The finished edges are smooth, flush, and perfectly the same—something I could never have accomplished freehand with a jigsaw.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Eunnyjang's Patio Rocker
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Eunnyjang's Patio Rocker
Apr
28
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Project Details

So in all of my genius glory it appears that I posted the armless unit for this fab reef sectional sofa, and then forgot to draft plans for the corner unit. Yahoo. Well today we rectify that crazy and we give you... wait for it... the corner unit! I bet you weren't going to guess that, eh? What say you? Do you prefer your sectional sofas with all working parts and plans? Thought you might...

To view the other plan for this pair and to build an actual sectional sofa, you will want to visit the plan for the Reef Armless Unit and the cushion options here that will work best are the Threshold Outdoor Deep Seating Cushion which retails for $29 and two or three 18" toss pillows for the back. Alternatively you might also use a cushion like this for the seat which retails for $19 and would help cut cost in a large quantity but it is decidedly less boxy than the other for sure, so this is a style and budgetary choice that can be made and it is yours to make my friends!

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram or @thedesconf on twitter so I am sure to see it!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$50-$100
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 4 – 2x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 5 – 2x4 at 27-1/4” – Back Legs and Corner Back Leg
  • 2 – 2x4 at 28-1/4” – Sides            
  • 1 – 2x4 at 12-1/2” – Front Leg     
  • 2 – 2x4 at 33-1/4” – Tops             
  • 1 – 2x4 at 26-1/4” – Front Apron
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Support
  • 1 – 2x4 at 6-1/4” – Seat Support Extension
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” (ripped down to 2-3/4” wide) – Center Seat Support    
  • 3 – 1x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Slats
  • 6 – 1x4 at 16-3/4” – Back Slats    
Instructions

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Step 1

Cut the pieces for two of the Back Legs, the Front Leg, and Sides. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Sides and in the tops of the Back Legs. For one side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg, Front Leg, and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  For the other side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  

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Step 2

Cut the pieces for the two Tops, the Corner Back Leg, the remaining two Back Legs, and the Front Apron. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front Apron and in the top end of the Corner Back Leg. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

With the Kreg jig still set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the two remaining Back Legs. Assemble the other Top to the two remaining Back Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

Assemble the pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  Attach the second Top to the Corner Back Leg with 2-1/2” wood screws, if needed (depending on where you drilled the pocket holes on the Corner Back Leg, you may need additional reinforcement).  

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The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Center Seat Support, the Seat Support, and the Seat Support Extension. The Center Support will be a 2x4 ripped down to 2-3/4” wide and will be located 3/4” down from the top of the Sides to allow for the Seat Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Center Seat Support, Seat Support, and Seat Support Extension. Assemble as shown with glue and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws. 

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Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Seat Slats. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Seat Slats. Attach the Seat Slats to the Seat Support and Front Apron with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Secure the Seat Slats to the Center Seat Support with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

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Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Back Slats. The angles may be a little tricky but they should be cut at approximately 25 degrees. (see drawing). Once the angles are cut, set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in both ends of each Back Slat. Attach to the Seat Support and Top with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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