Step-by-step: DIY cabana
Use these easy instructions to build your own outdoor lounge
- 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
- 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)
- Post-hole digger
- Tape measure
- Pencil (for marking measurements)
- 2-foot level
- Iron (for heating/pressing sewing tape)
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Electric drill with bits
- Heavy-duty wire cutters
- 2 ladders (one for each builder)
Next, cut four 1 ½-inch lengths from leftover PVC pipe to serve as connectors between the L and T joints. Slip one of the 1 ½-inch PVC lengths into an end of each L fitting, and fit it into the open end of each T (see photo). Aim it down toward the ground.
Tip: For a snug fit, use fine- to medium-grit sandpaper to sand ends of cut pipes; remove dust, then wiggle fittings over the ends.
Full story: Build an outdoor lounge
Using post-hole digger, dig one 12-inch-deep hole for the right front leg, and place a pipe sleeve in the center (see photo). Check that it is completely vertical, using level, then backfill to hold upright.
Tip: To soften extra-hard ground (like clay soil), start digging the hole, then fill it with water. Let soak overnight and start digging again.
Spray-paint the frame’s top and legs. Let dry overnight, then disassemble the top to hang curtains.
Tip: Slip legs into pipe sleeves to hold them upright for painting.
With the help of a partner, hang curtains on each section of the frame’s top, then reassemble the top (see photo): Slip legs into the pipe sleeves and attach the top of the frame to L fittings. Using an electric drill, secure each joint with screws.
Tip: Use ready-made curtains with tabs. We love Ikea’s Bomull cotton curtains ($19.99 per pair; ikea.com for stores); you’ll need 8 sets.