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what is designed outdoors?

a place for beginner DIYers

At Designed Outdoors, we are about DIY patio furniture. Our focus is providing DIY tips and tricks related to building patio furniture or planters or really anything to create your own beautiful outdoor space.  The creator of Designed Outdoors is a seasoned commercial interior designer with nearly 20 years experience creating beautiful spaces.  Since I’m not a master craftsman (or craftswoman), the advice and instructions are jargon-free without holding back on detail.  

Our goal is to not only provide information and how-to guides for DIYers, but also share one-of-kind outdoor furniture designs.  New designs will be added as inspiration hits.  If there’s something you hope to see or learn, please send us an email – we’d love to hear from you!


Furniture plans, tutorials, inspiration

Head over to the Online Store to find a selection of plans for each collection.  All pieces are unique, modern and designed by the creator of Designed Outdoors.  Do you need a workshop full of tools?  No!  All pieces can be built with the bare minimum of tools.  Do you need experience? No!  The instructions are very illustrative and written with beginner DIYers in mind – very detailed and very non-jargony.  

Need extra help?  Check out our blog for tips and tricks and tutorials on how to use common power tools.  

why patio furniture

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.  If you’ve bought really inexpensive furniture, and it lasted several months instead of several years you totally get where that saying comes from. 

Many might think buying quality is money well spent, especially on furniture for your living room or bedroom.  But it’s hard to rationalize paying an arm and a leg for furniture that’s going to sit outside.

Yet, here’s the consequence of buying inexpensive patio furniture: it breaks down.  It’s made of materials that are not very weather resistant.  It requires constant care.  In some case, you end up throwing them out or replacing nearly the whole piece, like these adirondack chairs that became extremely unstable.  Who’s got time for that?! Our aim is to combine a passion for design with a love of DIY and show how easy it is to build unique, modern patio furnishings.

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designed Outdoors' Mission

For patio furniture, there really is just two options: buy inexpensive and sacrifice style and potentially durability, or pay a lot more for quality.  Designed Outdoors is a third option: build your own beautiful patio furniture that you are proud of and will last for years and years! 

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