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How to Make Rustic Patio Furniture Out of Wood

If you’ve ever longed for a nice set of outdoor patio furniture, but haven’t been sure where to start, then consider building your own! Not only will this save you a lot of money, but recycled wood and other materials are also kinder to the environment than buying new. There are many benefits to building your own furniture as well, including durability, affordability, and easy assembly. Read on to discover how to make rustic patio furniture for the outdoors.

Recycled materials are kinder to the environment than buying new

Recycled materials for rustic patio furniture are an excellent way to create beautiful outdoor furniture without spending much money. Recycled newspapers and magazines are great options because they’re kinder to the environment than new paper products. In Maine, a company called Huhtamaki Paper uses old newspapers and magazines to manufacture paper plates and other goods. Recycled magazines have high clay content that gets rid of the ink.

Easy to build

You don’t need to have a lot of woodworking skills to create attractive, rustic patio furniture. With a little time and effort, you can make a table for your deck or patio. One great idea is to upcycle an old wooden step ladder. You can also make shelves using timber scaffold boards. Clean it thoroughly to remove any splinters and screw the boards onto the ladder rungs. These shelves can be left natural or painted bright outdoor colors for a contemporary look.


To create a rustic display stand, repurpose an old wooden step ladder. Make a board with varying lengths and screw it onto the rungs. You can also use timber scaffold boards for shelves. The board needs to be cleaned of any splinters and then screwed onto the ladder. You can either leave the ladder in its natural state or paint it in bright outdoor paint to make it stand out.


You don’t need to have a carpenter to build patio furniture if you know how to make one at home. You can find inexpensive materials that will look great on your patio. Old exterior doors can be repurposed into DIY patio furniture. Then paint them if they’re peeling or shabby-chic. Or use them to make a DIY cocktail table. You can even use them to make a rustic drink station!


Eco-friendly rustic patio furniture is a great way to add rustic style to your outdoor space. Rather than buying new furniture, consider making your own. There are many options for environmentally-friendly wood furniture. Consider teak, eucalyptus, and synthetic wicker. If you’re looking to build something beautiful, but don’t want to spend a fortune, salvaged wood may be an excellent choice.

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