I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make your own outdoor sofa area, to create a piece of paradise in your own garden. As you will all know if you follow me anywhere, I LOVE my garden. When I moved to Bristol from Bournemouth it was really important to me to create my own outdoor space, a beach in my garden if you will. For the first two years, we had a mess of a garden, because our main priority was getting the house livable.
But as soon as Brad did the landscaping and it had started to take shape, I didn’t waste any time making the garden into a space that I could spend time outdoors during the summer. I also couldn’t wait to add my trademark splash of colour to it. Like everything, it’s been an evolutionary process but we finally feel like it’s a place we’re happy with.
“CREATE YOUR OWN OUTDOOR SOFA!”
I’m such sunshine baby, and as soon as there is any sun I want to be outside. I wanted to create an multi use outdoor sofa space on a budget using upcycled materials. Some where to sunbathe during the height of the sun during day, and some where to snuggle up after a BBQ in the cooler evening.
This outdoor sofa was so easy to make. I hunted out some old pallets, ideally you’ll want to make sure they’re matching, just so you can get the same height. We found some around the industrial areas and from neighbours who’d been having some building work done. I stacked them up against our colourful fence and stuck a couple of screws in the to make sure they were stacked securely. I went two high but originally I had them three high so depends how high you want the seat to be.
Originally, last year, I was using our neighbours old sofa cushions. Don’t worry, they were chucking the sofa out and I nabbed them, I didn’t whip them from under their bums! It is always best to ask permission before taking things from people’s gardens, but always be on the look out for freebies you can upcycle! Those cushions were magic last year but this weekend, I swapped them for an old single mattress that we we’re going to throw out. It’s a smaller mattress off an old Z-bed that fits perfectly with the pallets.
I’ve ordered some waterproof fabric on ebay too so when that arrives, i’ll cover it to keep it from going mouldy and not have to put it away every night. It’ll also mean, I’ll be able to sunbathe after being in the pool and not worry about leaving too much of a wet patch!