How to Build an Outdoor Couch
Expand your entertaining area with a beautiful outdoor couch using the AB Courtyard Collection. With this versatile landscaping wall system you can build an outdoor couch in just a weekend. This project shows how to build on a level surface, such as concrete or pavers. If you will be building in an area that does not have an existing patio or pavement, see How-to Sheet #120 Building Wall Panels and How-to Sheet #220 Building Posts for more information. Please visit www.allanblock.com for more information.
Approximate Dimensions 40 in. H x 27 in. D x 88 in. W
Step 1: Layout and Mark: Determine the location of your outdoor couch. Remember to leave enough space around the couch area for walking space and any additional seating or grills. Carefully draw a guideline using chalk or tape where the back of the couch will be created.
Step 2: Set the First Course: Set the first course of blocks as shown in Layout 1 (please see below document). Please note some of the blocks will need to be either cut or split on each course. To make certain your corners are square, use a square to line up the blocks. Two AB York Blocks and two AB Dublin Blocks will have to be cut or split on this course. Make sure to safe the second half of these blocks to use on the next course. Find out more about splitting and cutting blocks.
Step 3: Place the Second Course: Begin laying out the second course as seen in Layout 2. Use the remaining AB Dublin End-Split pieces from the first course. Two AB Dublin Blocks will need to split to complete this course. Again, retain the remaining split pieces to use on the third course. Please note, the split Dublin End pieces will have to be installed upside down or the raised rings will need to be removed to allow proper placement of the bench.
Step 4: Place the Third Course: Stack up the third course by repeating the pattern from the first course. Utilize the extra end-splits from the second course to finish the third course.
Step 5: Set the Fourth Course: Now begin the arms and back rest of the couch. Following pattern 4 (see below document), stack the fourth course of blocks. Use masonry adhesive beads on either side of raised rings to secure these blocks to the course below on.
Step 6: Back Rest Construction: Continue building the back rest by installing the fifth course (Layout 5 please see below document). Please note, the corner blocks on the ends will have to be cut to finish the arm rests on this course.
Step 7: Cut the Corner Blocks for the Arm Rests: Start by placing the corner block in place. With a measuring tape, measure the distance from the end of the corner block to the end of the course below. Write this measurement on the back of the corner block from the tapered end on each side. Strike a line between the marks to use as a parameter for cutting. Use a masonry blade and circular saw to cut the corner blocks. Once cut, carefully set it in place with masonry adhesive.
Step 8: Place the Last Course: Using Layout 6 (please see below document), install the final course of blocks. Adjust the blocks as necessary to ensure a straight back to your couch. Using a bead of masonry adhesive on each side of the raised rings, quickly secure this final course to the blocks below.
Step 9: Finish With Wall Caps: Once the desired height is reached, it is time to finish the back rest with Wall Caps. Place each Wall Cap, alternating each one as you move down the back rest. Make certain Wall Caps are straight, make adjustments as necessary. Lock each wall cap in place with a bead of masonry adhesive on each side of the raised rings and along the side of each Wall Cap.
Step 10: Choose Material for Outdoor Couch Seat: Select a material that fits your design. Wooden planks of cedar were used in this example to create both the arm rest covers and the seating area.
Step 11: Set the Arm Rests : To begin you will need 2 pieces of cedar cut to the dimensions shown in Figure 1. Before beginning seal the wood with a outdoor sealant designed and allow to fully dry. Next, place the arm rest covers onto the arm rests. These can easily be secured with a bead of masonry adhesive.
Step 12: Construct the Seat: To begin, you will need 4 pieces of cedar planks and 2 pieces of cedar studs cut to the measurements shown in Figure 2 (see below document). Double check the dimensions of your bench by measuring the distance between the arm rests of the couch frame. Again, seal each wood piece with an outdoor wood sealant (do this before construction).
Construct the seating bench as shown in directions and carefully seal each piece with a exterior sealant. Then gently place on top of the couch. Complete the couch with some comfy outdoor pillows. Sit back and enjoy your new outdoor couch!