As benches are relatively affordable outdoor furniture most people just go to the store and buy or purchase their benches online. But they are missing the great opportunities that building yourself gives: to have a bench of any design, to have fun, to acquire some new skills, and to be proud of the result of your work! In this article we will learn how to build a simple wooden outdoor bench.
Plan the location
Planning/choosing the location of your bench itself is pretty simple task but it’s important because it can influence some of the characteristics of your bench. The most important thing is to see how much space the bench can occupy and plan its size accordingly to that. Don’t forget that there must be space behind it so people don’t hit their heads in a wall or three when stretching themselves, and that there should be enough space for the legs.
Good locations for outdoor benches are next to walkways, fences, house walls, or in patio areas. Draw or obtain plans. Don’t start without any plans, the risk to waste materials and time is very real. There are a lot of bench plans available online and plenty of them are even free. You can design a bench yourself too, just make sure that you have some drawings with sizes on it. The bench we are suggesting in this article is a simple wooden bench with 4 or 6 legs and a back. You can however design it or modify it easily.
Create the seat
Building the seat is a good start. It’s quite simple: you need 2 or 3 plans or 10 – 20 slats. I prefer seats from large planks because they are more comfortable. Connect these with 4 or 5 beams at the bottom, equally distributed – if the bench is longer than 1m, the beams better be 5 and the 5th one should be in the middle. Two of the beams should be near the ends, there will be attached the legs. Make and attach the legs. The legs can be made simply of good robust beams or even from thick wood branches. Attach the legs under the end beams and at some distance from the ends. Use nails or screws and glue to secure them well. Make sure all legs have equal size. If the bench seat has 5th beam in the middle, attach 2 legs there for more stability. Make and attach the back. The back should be attached after the other parts are assembled together. Sometimes it’s good even to attach it on the already installed bench. Just like the seat, the back can be made of 1-2 planks or several slats. The beams that stabilize the back can be longer and used to attach it to the bench (through the legs). Of course there are many other ways to attach the back but this one is simple and stable.
Install the bench
Most benches need no real installation, you can just drop them anywhere. However if there is a soft soil in the location you have chosen, you may need to pour a bit of concrete or at least gravel in holes right under each bench leg.
Building an outdoor garden bench is a simple project which makes it perfect for starter do-it-yourself fans. Don’t hesitate to try it!