The first and most important tip for making DIY patio furniture is to understand that while making furniture from scratch will save money in the long run, this method will take more of a time investment as well as an investment in tools and skills development. If the potential builder has never completed any carpentry projects before, it is probably not advisable to make DIY patio furniture without the guidance of a more experienced carpenter or metal worker. All of the proper tools should be assembled before the project begins, and all necessary safety equipment should be used or worn at all times during the process.
The builder should research various styles of patio furniture ahead of time and find out how intensive the building project will be for that particular design of DIY patio furniture. It is also wise to take note of which tools will be necessary to complete the job so the builder can assemble them ahead of time. It is a wise decision to choose DIY patio furniture designs that are attractive and durable, but also within the skills and ability level of the builder. If, for example, the builder has never used a welder before, he or she should avoid designs that require the welding process.
Once the builder has settled on a design, materials must be chosen. It is important to choose materials that are appropriate for the outdoors; woods should be hardwoods that are resistant to rot, cracking, splintering, and other common types of water damage. Metal should be coated or otherwise protected in some way to prevent rust. All hardware such as screws and nails should be made from galvanized steel, which is a type of steel that is exceptionally resistant to rust and corrosion. Such hardware will be more expensive, but using galvanized hardware will end up saving the builder money in the long run because the furniture will be less likely to degrade quickly.
Clear out an appropriate workspace for making the DIY patio furniture. The space should be well-lit and well-ventilated, with adequate power supplies. Avoid working outdoors if possible, since weather can change at any moment, thereby leading to potential damage to equipment or materials. Never work in the rain, as this can increase the potential for injury. Make sure the work area is clearly marked so passers-by will not run the risk of wandering in and facing potential injury.