Bristol Outdoor Loveseat

First off, thank you so much for being patient with me.  I know I’ve been a little bit absent lately, and I’m going to be honest with you: I just needed a break.  I’m working on 2 big movies right now in addition to several commercials, and maintaining my day job (visual effects) with my night job (old paint design) just got to be too much.  So, to save myself, and my sanity, I took a little break.  But, not to worry.  Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder for this girl, and now it’s back to business.  I miss sleep, but I also miss my garage.  The garage will probably win as it usually does.

There are some other fun things that have been happening behind the scenes during my “break”… one of them is the first video to my “getting started” series.  Hooray!  I hope it’s helpful for those of you who are excited to build but don’t know how to… well… get started.  One thing I learned about myself, though: I am a TERRIBLE actress.  There is a reason that I stay behind the camera.  (Or, in my case, behind the computer.)  It’s harder than it looks!  I get all mumbly and nervous and then I curse a lot from being mumbly and nervous which doesn’t help the situation.  Lets just say that there were a lot of takes.  I have faith I will get better as the videos continue.   I’m also prepping a little “about me” section which should also go up soon.  It’s so easy to write about building but so daunting to write about myself.  In other words, lots of growing pains and new things coming up for the blog in the near future.  So, don’t think I’ve forgotten about you guys.

Anyway, we are almost wrapped up on the Bristol collection!  While I have been building several of the pieces (posts here and here), there are a few that I don’t necessarily need… but you might.  So, I wanted to post plans just in case some of you need an outdoor love seat based on Restoration Hardware’s Belvedere Sofa.  The plan is sized to fit the cushions from Restoration Hardware, but for this plan you could easily modify it to fit whatever size you choose.  (Keep in mind that the cushions slide underneath the arms, so make sure you get one that’s wide enough if you choose a different size.)  Enjoy!

Estimated Cost: $50 + cushions


Dimensions as listed above.

Shopping List:


1 – 1×3 @ 1 foot long
9 – 1×4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×8 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long

Hardware and Supplies:

1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ Finishing Nails
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Medium Grit Sandpaper
Primer or Wood Conditioner
Paint or Stain


Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Countersink Bit
Finishing Nailer
Measuring Tape
Carpenter’s Square
Safety Glasses

Cut List:

4 – 1×3 @ 2″ – feet
2 – 1×4 @ 32 3/8″ measured from the long side to the straight edge. (Bevel one side at a 15 degree angle) – arms
2 – 1×4 @ 21″ – arm support
2 – 1×4 @ 9 1/4″ – back leg
7 – 1×4 @ 53 1/2″ – seat slats
3 – 1×4 @ 22 3/4″ measured from the long side to the straight edge. (Bevel one side at a 15 degree angle) – back supports
10 – 1×4 @ 22 1/4″ – back slats
2 – 1×8 @ 48″ – seat front/back
2 – 1×8 2 28 1/4″ – seat sides
2 – 2×2 @ 28 1/4″ – cleats

General Instructions:

Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step.  Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact.  (Especially when working with doors and drawers!)  Measure your available space before building this plan to make sure that it will fit.  Please read through the entire plan before getting started.

Step 1:

Assemble the back as shown above.

Step 2:

Assemble the front side just as you did the back.  Make sure to also pre-drill your pocket holes at the top of the arms to prepare for the next steps.

Step 3:

Attach the front and back of your seat with your long sides by using pocket holes from the inside of your box.

Step 4:

Add feet as shown above to create full legs.

Step 5:

Assemble the chair back as shown above using your Kreg Jig.  The 15 degree off square beveled side of your back supports should be on the bottom.  (It will connect to your seat in the next step.)  Make sure to pre-drill your pocket holes on the back supports before attaching your seat back slats – this will make your life a lot easier!

Step 6:

Attach your seat back with the pre-drilled pocket holes from step 5.  The short side of your bevel at the bottom of your back supports should be at the back of your chair, giving your seat back a very slight recline.

Step 7:

Attach your chair arms as shown above.  This will add quite a bit of strength to your seat back.

Step 8:

Add cleats to the inside of your seat box.

Step 9:

Attach seat slats to your cleats.  There should be about a 1/2″ gap in between your slats.


Finish your project as desired.  Make sure to sand it down with medium grit sand paper and fill in all your holes with wood filler before tackling that paint or stain.  For more tips on finishing, visit The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Finishing.


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2 Responses to Bristol Outdoor Loveseat

  1. Cyndi

    I would love to take this piece and extend it for a sofa or a sectional. I know you have sectional plans else where but this design is wider. Any auggestions on how to do this?
    Lengthen the wood to include room for a 3rd cushion?

  2. Kate

    Spectacular plans! Will definitely be making the loveseat and a few chairs from this collection. Any thoughts on how to replicate the look of the corresponding chaise lounges? Would love to finish off the set…

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