Create your own outdoor cabana

One weekend, two people, a bunch of PVC pipe, and presto! The perfect backyard hangout
Peter O. Whiteley

With our checklist of tools and materials, some PVC pipe, and a little elbow grease, you can transform your outdoor space into an instant retreat ― all for about $300. This backyard lounge serves as both a casual spot for year-round entertaining and a private refuge with resort style.

Cabana checklist: What you’ll need

Frame

  • Eight 10-foot 1 ½-inch schedule-40 PVC pipes
  • 10 feet of 2-inch-diameter ABS pipe
  • Four 1 ½-inch schedule-40 L-shaped pipe fittings
  • Four 1 ½-inch T-shaped pipe fittings
  • Masking tape
  • Matte-silver spray paint
  • Twenty ¾-inch self-tapping metal screws


Curtains

  • 10 yards of 54-inch-wide outdoor fabric
  • 36 feet of #2 double-loop chain (to weigh down fabric on windy days)
  • 2 rolls of heavy-duty fusible sewing tape (we like Stitch Witchery; $2.99; joann.com)

Tools

  • Post-hole digger
  • Shovel
  • Hacksaw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil (for marking measurements)
  • 2-foot level
  • Iron (for heating/pressing sewing tape)
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Electric drill with bits
  • Heavy-duty wire cutters
  • 2 ladders (one for each builder)

Time: Approximately 2 days, including drying time for paint. (Note: Assembling the frame requires two people, so enlist a partner on the second day of the project.)

Price Tag: About $300 (about $100 for frame, plus $20/yard for fabric)

Step-by-step:  How to build this outdoor lounge