Crescent Outdoor Conversation Set

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I’m building a set of furniture for my new floating deck in my back yard. In this post, I’m sharing the easy-to-build ottoman.

diy outdoor ottoman with angled feet

Hey friends! For those of you in the U.S., I hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. As for myself, I’m currently traveling after a brief (but much-needed) beach getaway. We got to take the pups along with us, so I’ll have a post for you soon all about it!

Since that means I’m still traveling (I’m probably in the car as you’re reading this!), I haven’t had access to the web as much as I needed to get today’s plans up and available for you in my Plans Library yet. So, I’m going to let this post go live to show you the new set I’m working on and to link to a few others participating in today’s outdoor challenge, and will be back later today to add the plans for the ottoman and link them to this post! (Basically, if you’re still seeing this paragraph, I haven’t updated the plans yet; I’ll remove this and write in the new instructions when they’re ready!)

This ottoman design is part of an entire outdoor set that I’m building for the floating deck I built last year. Ultimately, there will be three separate designs for what I’m calling the “Crescent Patio Conversation Set”:

Crescent Outdoor Conversation Set
  • Crescent Corner Table
  • Crescent Cross-Back Chairs
  • Crescent Ottoman

I have to give my boyfriend the credit on this one; he took my quick sketch of an outdoor furniture set and turned it into something even more incredible. The cross-backs and curved features on this set are 100% his idea, and I love it! We’ve been building pieces as time allows (most of these past few weeks have been focused on a large curb appeal project, so it’s been intermittent, but at least it’s something!). Here’s the first one in assembly; we’re building 5 total, so we’ll get lots of practice to make templates and other things that will help enrich the plans even further.

diy outdoor crossback chairs - patio furniture - by Ugly Duckling House

K has never built anything with pocket holes before, so it’s been fun to teach him how to bring this set to life. The full reveal of the entire set will come later this year once they’re painted.

Crescent Outdoor Ottoman

Tools and Materials Needed

Cut List

  • 2 – 2×8 cut to 23″ (curve details to come in plans)
  • 2 – 2×8 cut to 21″ (curve details to come in plans)
  • 4 – 1×4 cut to 21″
  • 4 – 1×4 cut to 20″
  • 4 – 4×4 post (or glue up of 2x4s) cut to 4 1/2″ and 66° angle


Ottoman assembly gif

Be back shortly with the plans! I won’t leave you hanging, though; I’m getting this post up early because there’s a blog hop going on with lots of other outdoor projects to check out. Be sure to click on the links below to see them all (planters and shutters and storage, oh my!). If you hop over and leave a comment, tell them I sent ya. ;)

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  1. Sarah,

    What a fun project. I love your graphics/video. It really makes it easy to see how it all will come together.

    That chair is fun, I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.


    1. Thanks Gail! The reveal will be so exciting (not to mention my favorite spot to drink coffee in the AM).

  2. This entire set is awesome!! The cross-backs and curved features are perhaps my favorite part.

  3. Sarah I LOVE this idea! I can’t wait to see the entire project. I’m wanting to do a patio makeover and your plans would be lovely!! I’m so excited already. lol Can you include an idea of the cost with them? That would be sooo helpful to us readers. At least I think so. ;-)

    1. Yes, I keep meaning to do that and then throw the receipts in a big folder, ha! I’m definitely going to include one and thanks for the reminder!

    1. Thanks Katie! Wish I’d had time to finish it for a good reveal but the end result with all the pieces together will look so good!

  4. Hi Sarah,

    I really really really love the whole set! Are you selling the chair? If not, do you know where I can get closely similar to the one you built?

    1. I’ll be selling the plans for the chair, yes! The ottoman plans and side table plans will be free, but the chair will be my first premium DIY plans for sale.