Redecorating your back yard, deck, or patio area can be a major undertaking. In fact, often if you wait until it’s warm enough to be thinking about back yard barbecues, it’s already too late to do a large scale renovation if you want to be able to enjoy it that season. But there are a few workarounds, particularly if you already have a well made deck or patio. Having seating built into your back yard can be expensive and invasive, but DIY, mix-and-match outdoor sectional sets are more affordable and much faster and easier to install. So if you’re looking to add high quality, attractive, relatively permanent seating to your back yard and don’t want to wait a year to enjoy it, consider buying your own seating set in ready-to-assemble pieces.
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The concept of DIY sectional seating is simple: rather than building an entire large seating area as a single built-in piece, they allow you to buy the seating piece by piece and assemble it yourself. The final look is very similar, as the separation between each seating chunk is only slightly more noticeable than the gap between individual seat cushions, but not only are these easier to assemble, they’re easier to move, remove, and reorganize as well.
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DIY outdoor seating sectionals generally consist of four types of pieces: seats with an arm rest on the right, seats with an arm rest on the left, seats with no arm rests, and seats designed to fit into a corner. You can buy as many or as few of each piece as you want, and each one is designed to fit seamlessly with the next, so you can build anything as small as a loveseat or chaise, or as big as your back yard can accommodate. As a bonus, any of the pieces can be moved slightly apart for use as individual chairs, or rearranged as needed to optimize seating.
The biggest advantage of having outdoor furniture custom built is that it can be made to accommodate unusual spaces. But even with only four types of pieces to choose from, these outdoor seating sectionals are amazingly flexible. Corner pieces allow the sectional to bend and curve to fit the shape of the outdoor space, while the blank middle pieces make it possible to extend each individual side of the sectional as far as necessary.
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These sets can be used to make long, continuous sectionals that are L or U shaped, but can also be installed in smaller clusters, like a more conventional outdoor sofa, or even some combination of the two. This is a particularly good option for very large outdoor spaces, where it can be difficult to find out of the box seating that’s big enough to stand up to the space, let alone provide all the seating you need to entertain. Because the pieces are perfectly matched, you can also build multiple sectionals in different areas of your deck or patio that can be a different size or shape without being mismatched.
Another advantage that mix-and-match outdoor sectionals have over custom built ones is the simple fact that they aren’t custom built. That is, if part of a custom built sectional becomes damaged, it can be really difficult to repair or replace. But with a sectional that’s built in pieces that are designed to be interchangeable, if one part gets damaged or stained, it’s much simpler to obtain a replacement for the damaged part, or even simply replace a soiled cushion or matching pillows. You’ll be able to get exactly the same one without having to worry about reconnecting with your original contractor.
Plus, many mix and match outdoor sectionals are part of larger design sets, meaning you can buy other matching furniture in the same style – like coffee or side tables, ottomans, or even dining sets or bar furniture. While of course it’s possible to match the design of a custom sectional to other pre-fabricated furniture, buying the whole set in the same style from the same company takes out a lot of the headache. And of course, when you get it all shipped to you at once, you can easily get all your furniture set up quickly, rather than waiting for construction to finish, meaning you can get it done and get on with your summer before barbecue season ends.
What are you looking for in an outdoor furniture set? How big is your back yard, deck, or patio, and how do you want to furnish it? Let me know in the comments!