By: Amanda Magnus
One of my favorite things to do is to enjoy a nice evening out on a patio with a fire. And if there’s a fire I’m probably making myself some S’mores as well. 🙂 Creating a relaxing patio is not always easy, especially if you are on a budget. If you’ve ever searched for patio furniture it can be quite expensive.
So, when we bought our house I knew I wanted patio furniture with a fire pit but quickly realized that was not going to be in our budget. So I started searching for alternatives. I looked on some for sale sites to buy used but wasn’t finding what we wanted. Then, I searched on Pinterest for some DIY ideas. After looking at some pictures of ideas I had my husband, Brian, help me come up with a plan to make my vision a reality.
The fire pit was the first thing we made. Brian came up with that all on his own. He got the bricks from Menards and stacked them into the size and shape he needed for the insert to fit. We got lucky with not needing to buy an insert since his parents were getting rid of theirs anyways.
Next was the furniture itself. We built it completely out of cement blocks and 4×4’s. First we set up the cement blocks to make sure they were spaced correctly and set up how we needed. Once they were in the correct spots Brian used cement glue to glue the sets of cement blocks together so they won’t tip over when in use.
Finally all that was left was to find some cushions. The cushions were honestly the most expensive part. I went with thick cushions to make sure they would be comfy. I waited until Kohl’s had a sale on them so I could get the best deal.
We leave the cushions out when we are using the furniture but it’s also super easy to put them away if there’s going to be rain. We use the below storage bin from Sam’s Club to store them. It keeps them safe from any rain and snow throughout the year.
Have you ever built your own patio furniture or fire pit? What did you use?