Step-by-step: DIY cabana

Use these easy instructions to build your own outdoor lounge

Outdoor Lounge
Thomas J. Story

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)

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