Outdoor recreation with family or friends is a real holiday for those who live in the city. When arranging a country house or cottage, it is necessary not only to think over the interior decoration, but also to make the garden plot comfortable and cozy, because it is so nice to organize a picnic for loved ones or just lie in a deck chair with your favorite book. Garden furniture in this case is simply irreplaceable. It will make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. You can make it with your own hands - it will not require much effort and save finances.
Cottage furniture carries the same functional load as objects in your apartment. It is only necessary to take into account one important nuance: it must certainly be not only functional, but also practical, since it will be operated on the street. It is this feature that determines the choice of materials for construction - they should not be afraid of water, sun and cold. Let's try to figure out which of the existing materials most meet these requirements.
Upholstered furniture that stands in our apartments is undoubtedly more convenient than solid wooden or metal structures. But to put such products outdoors is impractical. To comfortably accommodate on a country bench or sofa, just prepare soft bases or pillows that can easily be put into the house.
This is a classic version of furniture for the garden, which you can do yourself. Wood is a noble and practical option. It is suitable for the manufacture of almost any item. A table, chairs, benches and even garden sofas made of wood with proper care will serve you faithfully for more than a year.
Even a novice master can make an uncomplicated bench, but the aces of their craft can turn an ordinary picnic table into a real work of art.
Metal is a very practical and durable material. But when working with it, you need a set of specific tools and skills. It is possible to connect metal parts to each other both by welding, and with the help of bolts and screws. Another option is to give the desired shape by bending individual sections or structural elements.
Elegant and sophisticated wicker furniture can become an ornament of any site. The main difficulty is to learn how to beautifully bind the rods and create the necessary shapes from them. Even if you have never done this, you can start with the simplest elements. The experience gained will allow in the future to create more complex and ornate models.
Drawings and schemes
Having decided on the material from which your furniture will be made, you need to think in advance where it will be located and what kind of objects you want to make. Indeed, despite the fact that these are not apartments, you should still determine the optimal size and style for you.
The simplest and most traditional material here is wood. There are several simple schemes of country shops. You can make seats for them both from boards and from solid wood. Focusing on the above diagrams, you can easily build a convenient and practical bench or bench of the required size. After the assembly is complete, be sure to treat the wood with a protective agent.
As for coloring and design, it all depends on your imagination. You can leave clear, concise lines or cut graceful curves. The natural drawing of a tree is an invariable classic, so you can only cover it with varnish. But if your idea requires it, then you can easily give it any color.
The simplest version of the table is a product with four supports (legs) and with a solid worktop. By the way, it can be made both from boards and from an array. The whole cut of a large tree looks very unusual, and the log itself can be sawn both along and across the trunk.
Often, as a small table, you can see whole stumps. The more impressive its size, the more intricate the “table top” will be. Also important is the choice of the place where the table will be installed. Make sure the surface is flat. Otherwise, the countertop will be tilted, or the table will stagger.
The base for the country table can also be made of metal - the product will turn out to be really strong and durable. In addition, metal is very well combined with wood and weaving. But the countertop made of glass and other fragile materials is absolutely not suitable in this case. Firstly, even small drops of rain will be immediately visible on it, and, secondly, it can break even from a light mechanical impact.
This is not to say that a deck chair is the most necessary piece of furniture in the country. But remember a vacation somewhere on the seashore and that pleasant feeling when you, relaxing, lay down on it and basked in the sun. To create such an atmosphere at your dacha is a dream that can easily be turned into reality.
The most convenient option is a deck chair with an adjustable back. With this design, you can choose the perfect angle to read a book or just watch how nearby kids frolic.
For the manufacture you will need boards, bars and slats. After you assemble the frame, you can start laying the rails. Do not forget to leave small gaps between them. The height of the deck chair can be any - it all depends on your preference. If in doubt, it is best to stick to the standard size of 35 cm.
The main difference between the garden sofa will be that it will not be upholstered with soft foam and fabric. If you are used to gathering in a country house with a large company, then such a stationary object in a recreation area will be indispensable. It can be either simple or angular, and even U-shaped.
Pretty brutal look models made from a tree trunk of large diameter. In this case, you will only need to install the log in the right place and cut out 1/4 of its part so that you get a seat. You can complement this masterpiece with armrests with dimensions that emphasize the massiveness and reliability of the design. But repainting in bright colors, covering the texture of the tree, such a sofa is not recommended, since it will look most spectacular in its natural form.
In addition to the chopped model of the garden sofa, you can also make it from ordinary bars and boards. Recently, the real trend has been the manufacture of furniture from pallets. In fact, you already have "semi-finished products" that you only need to combine and give them an aesthetic appearance by coloring.
It’s quite possible to assemble a rocking chair yourself. But if you have never held a planer and a jigsaw in your hands, we advise you to start all the same with simpler furniture models: an accurate calculation of each detail will be necessary here. In addition, proper attention will need to be paid to the connecting elements: they are subject to increased requirements in connection with the increased load that the chair will have to face during operation.
Design can be absolutely anything. Most often, this can be a classic version of a wooden chair, in which it is so comfortable to sit on a warm evening, wrapping your feet in a warm plaid and drinking hot coffee. Fans of minimalist styles, hi-tech and loft are suitable options with a metal base and a rack seat.
Such a homemade rocking chair becomes a real favorite both for the adult generation, who values silence, and for small fidgets who will be happy to use it for its intended purpose.
How to collect?
In order to maximize the process of assembling garden furniture, we recommend that you stock up on all the necessary tools in advance. Professional jigsaws and planers in stores are quite expensive, so if you plan to assemble one bench and calm down, it is not advisable to purchase them for personal use - ask your neighbors or friends.
For beginners who are planning to master the manufacture of garden furniture, it is worth considering that it is not always possible to do everything perfectly the first time. It is better to stock up on material for future use, so that it is possible to replace the damaged part immediately, and not run to the hardware store.
The furniture manufacturing process will be much easier if you find the necessary instructions or drawing in advance. When you have already gained experience, you can easily improvise and create your own unique projects. But in the initial stages - it is better to adhere to proven schemes.
- It’s much easier to start making garden furniture than to come up with and make an interior item for your own apartment. This is due to the fact that special aesthetic requirements are not imposed on it. Well, who will reproach you with the fact that the shop turned out to be a little uneven ?! And, by the way, this is a great experience. And if you already have a chic garden sofa or table, then think about how to make your own furniture for the kitchen or bath.
- When choosing materials, you should not immediately run to the hardware store. Take a look at what you have in stock. It is possible that you or your friend have been using bars and boards for several years that are a pity to throw away. Stumps and snags that interfere with the site can also become a unique item or part of it. Remember, didn’t you have trophies on the mezzanines? Horns, skins and other paraphernalia will fit harmoniously into the interior of your relaxation area.
- Pallets (pallets) can be bought for little money on construction sites, in stores or via the Internet. You save a significant amount of time on cutting and assembly with these versatile designs.
- The basis for future garden furniture can also become interior items that have already lost their relevance. Take a closer look, is it time for you to replace the table at home, if it is a pity to part with it? Then feel free to pick up the tools and transform it. Polished and painted anew, it will gain not only a new look, but also a second life as a picnic table.
Can you already imagine what the relaxation area on your garden site should look like? Whether it is a cozy corner in the shade of trees or a large platform with a platform and a long garden sofa - it all depends on your imagination and desire. The examples below can serve as a starting point for you and become an inspiration for future transformations.
Proper placement of all the necessary pieces of furniture on the site will create the right atmosphere and help you spend time comfortably with family and friends. Making furniture with your own hands requires a lot of effort and time, but as a result you get unique pieces of the sizes and shapes you need, which you will be proud of for a very long time.
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