Custom Outdoor Seating DIY

Lots of people are asking how we built the custom outdoor sofa. If you’re willing to put in the time, energy, and elbow grease, this project is calling your name. Click through for the tutorial...

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Plan and prep the area

Setup Your Workspace


Prepping the area is a lot like prepping for a paver patio. We dug out the area, tamped the ground, and added some fine gravel prior to setting our cinderblocks.


Begin setting the blocks

Stack the cinder blocks in a running bond (brick) pattern until you reach your desired size and shape.

Secure the cinderblocks

Setup Your Workspace


Insert one piece of rebar into every other hole, hammering it down with a mallet until it is flush with the top cinderblock, as shown below.


Add the caps

You’ll want to use concrete cap blocks to finish the top of the sofa. Using a brick exterior landscape adhesive, squeeze a fair amount around the perimeter of the cinderblock.

Mix the QuikWall

Setup Your Workspace


It’s like traditional stucco, but easier to apply and more durable. It is a little tricky to mix the correct consistency. Add water slowly and a little at a time. It should look a little something like this…


Apply the QuikWall

Wet the cinderblocks with a hose on the shower setting prior to beginning. Using a trowel, begin to apply the material.


Wait… then add the seat

Once the entire structure has been covered and you’ve followed the curing instructions (spraying it from time to time), allow it to harden for at least 24 – 48 hours.


Add the cushions!

Even though there are multiple steps to this DIY, this project went relatively quick in comparison to some of our other backyard projects.

We’re already spending a lot of time enjoying our yard and now we finally have a comfortable spot to hang out. This sofa comfortably seats eight.