DIY design lounge ‘Yelmo’ furniture plan


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Build this outdoor sofa yourself: garden bench Yelmo

  • Why do DIY garden benches always seem to be made from scaffold planks?
  • An outdoor bench can be a lot more elegant… like a sofa!…
  • Make this beautiful sofa yourself, from just two sheets of wooden board
  • Dimensions: 225 cm wide x 81 cm deep, easy to adjust
  • Includes cutting list and cutting plan
  • With help from our step-by-step instructions and detailed drawings, you too can make this special, relaxed garden sofa.


Cool outdoor sofa Yelmo, built by our customers with this manual

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Furniture plan outdoor sofa Yelmo

The furniture plan of lounge sofa Yelmo describes the three-seater version of this bench. With the blueprints, diagrams and cutting list you can quite easily make a two-seater or other variant.
The size of the seat cushion is 65 x 65 cm, the back cushions measure 65 x ± 35 cm. Ikea has/had(?) lounge cushions in this size. Or you can make them yourself, or order them made to measure. You might find some producers on the internet.
As a material for this design outdoor furniture, we recommend plywood: for example, birch or pine plywood. You can also use old scaffold planks, but then you’ll have to make a few calculations and adjustments to account for the slightly different thickness. To cut the panels, we recommend the use of a circular saw. You can usually ask your wood supplier to do this for you..

The design

We have naturally tried to make the design as beautiful as possible. For this lounge sofa, we have taken particular account of a few things.
The furniture is easy to take apart, so that it can be stored away in the winter if necessary.
We have tried as far as possible to hide all screws. For screws that remain visible, you’ll find instructions on how to camouflage them. We also describe how to make connections with dowels in some places, so you do not need screws at all. If you want to paint the sofa, you can neatly hide any remaining evidence of screws with help from some filler. In our furniture makers tips we describe how you can do this.
We always try to make our furniture as efficiently as possible from standard size sheet or board material. Outdoor sofa Yelmo (three-seater) can be made from two standard 122 x 244 cm sheets.
Finally, the design takes account of the capabilities and limitations of a typical DIY’er and their tools. If you have a hand saw (and in some cases a jigsaw) and a drill and know how to handle them, then you should be able to make all of our furniture. If you have access to professional tools, then of course it will be even easier.

… adjustments

As you might have already seen in the photos of finished furniture, it’s really easy to make changes to the dimensions and/or design. The clear cutting list and design drawings help to give you the confidence to make any changes you like.

The manual / design plan and drawings

The downloadable manual is in the form of an A4 booklet for you to print out yourself. At the start you’ll find a list of necessities, such as the wood (board or sheet material), screws (size and quantity), glue and any other parts. Also listed are the tools that you will need and a cutting list with dimensions of all the parts that make up the piece of furniture. Outdoor sofa Yelmo also has a cutting plan, which shows the most optimal way to cut the individual pieces from standard sized boards.
Each furniture plan contains a number of relevant tips about choice of material, sawing, screws, glue, sanding, painting, varnishing, etc. When dowels are given as an alternative, there is also a detailed explanation so that you can get started with full confidence.
Finally, there is a detailed step-by-step plan for the construction of the furniture, with clear diagrams and simple explanations. Hieronder zie je drie pagina’s uit de werktekening.

Below you can see three example pages from the furniture plan of lounge sofa Yelmo.

diy furniture plan lounge sofa preview Yelmo
Our plans are complete and proven. From an experienced carpenter or woodworker to an enthusiastic DIY’er with basic skills, you can now build yourself an original lounge sofa.

Additional information


Length225 cm x Depth 81 cm x Height 67 cm B 225 x H 67 x D 81 cm.


Wood: plywood, 18 mm thick, 2 standard sheets, screws (preferably Torx, Spax or similar), waterproof expanding glue, material of choice for finishing: paint, varnish, etc., sandpaper 120, 180 and possibly 220 grit


Easy to take apart, for example for storage or transportation.


Sawing (handsaw / jigsaw), Drilling, Screwing, Glueing


Handsaw / jigsaw, (Cordless) drill, Drill bits 2, 3, 4 & 5 mm, Countersink bit, Screwdriver / bits


16 pages of A4 with cutting list, cutting diagram, clear drawings & instructions and useful tips

Dutch design

All pieces of furniture are of our own design, inspired by the latest trends in architecture and interior design.

Flexible design

With the manual and drawings it’s easy to modify dimensions and/or the design to suit your own needs.

You can do it (too)!

The design takes account of the capabilities and limitations of the DIY’er and their tools.

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