05/01/2015 02:25 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Outdoor Furniture Designs You Can Make Yourself

You can transform your yard, deck, or patio into a true extension of your home if you create the right ambiance -- and furniture is key in establishing the mood. Unfortunately, outfitting your space with all-new outdoor pieces can cost a bundle. This season, save a little extra cash for the vacation fund and still enjoy a really custom outdoor space when you make your own furniture. If you need a little inspiration, check out these DIY furniture projects that set the tone for a perfect summer oasis.


Hang Out in a Hammock
How often have you dreamed of lazing through a summer afternoon in a hammock? That daydream can be a reality sooner than you think. Head over to The Merrythought, and let Caitlin show you how you can make one from a canvas drop cloth. Then, grab a book and a lemonade, and settle in for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.


Take a Seat
Nothing says summer like the classic Adirondack chair. You can make your own with stock lumber -- or save some cash, like Saved By Love did, by using scraps from your local home center. Once your creation has been graced by a gorgeous chalk paint finish, who will ever know the difference?


Raise the Bar
Sipping summer cocktails just got a lot more convenient. This fold-out bar tucks away to almost nothing when not in use. Open it up, and refreshment is at the ready. Head over to Turtles and Tails to see exactly how to make this handy bar part of your outdoor decor.


Recline for the Movies
Miss the nostalgia of drive-in movie theaters? Thanks to these seat designs from Stacy Risenmay at Not Just a Housewife, you can still nestle in for a night of entertainment and watch a flick under the stars. Simply set up a screen in your own backyard and follow her tutorial to create these super comfortable outdoor movie seats. These are so quick and easy, you'll want to make a dozen or more!


Table All Work Discussions
This little side table is super easy and super cheap to make with stock lumber and a bag of concrete. Jamison, the Rogue Engineer, has broken it down for you and provided a free plan. You'll be setting drinks on your new table by the end of the weekend.

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