Artificial turf has come a long way since its debut in the 1970s. Not only did it look unrealistic, but it also had a habit of causing friction burns if anyone came into contact with it.
Now fake turf looks more like real grass but without the maintenance. Pet and child-friendly, it’s made from hard-wearing synthetic materials, making it ideal for outdoor use.
Use it to cover timber stools that can double as ottomans like these grass cubes. The turf is designed for all weather, so use galvanised or stainless steel hardware to keep the seats outside permanently.
Square-cut the treated pine frame pieces using a mitresaw, joining them with 75mm x 8g treated pine screws in 3mm pilot holes. For extra support, add angle brackets in the corners.
Cut out the top from marine plywood using a jigsaw and sand the edges with 150 grit abrasive paper.
To cover the cubes with turf, use a solvent-based adhesive like Selleys Kwik Grip and stainless steel staples. Add castors for mobility, with at least two lockable ones on each stool.
Drill 10mm holes 20mm deep on the ends of the long sides to recess the screw heads, then secure to the short sides. Attach the uprights, offsetting the screws. Use a router with a 16mm straight cutting bit to rout a 20mm wide rebate to 9mm deep, making several passes to complete the rebate.
Apply exterior adhesive around the rebate, then position the top, adding holding screws on each side until the adhesive dries. Round the outer edges with a block plane, then use a 12mm bit to drill nine drainage holes in the top. Fill any gaps between the top and the frame with timber filler.
Position the cube upside down on the turf, cutting a cross shape using a utility knife. Apply contact adhesive to the frame top and back of the centre turf square, then press together. Wrap the turf under the base using staples to secure it to the frame sides and uprights. Add castors to the base.