The Best Effective Way on How to Make a Garden Bench

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Written By Michael

I love gardening, building, making and fixing things. 





Need a place to sit in your garden? Then you need to know the best way on how to make a garden bench.

A bench for your garden is a necessary piece of outdoor furniture. For a beautiful bench pay attention to the knowledge we lay out for you here.

One which is well weathered and has aged gracefully over many years will add as much charm to your outdoor space as a new one, many times far more.

Give your garden some style and flair by positioning a bench under an archway, or a trellis overgrown with flowers, of place it beneath its own private arbor, scented with flowers growing overhead.

Outdoor Bench Styles

You can build a bench yourself from concrete blocks or larger rocks, or use expensive materials such as cedar or oak. While this will be more costly it will also be extremely durable and long lasting. You can anchor your bench and create a nice focal point by placing it against a wall or under a trellis.

You might choose to build it with an enclosed storage area beneath the seat that will double as storage space for garden tools and smaller pots, potting soil or even your garden buddha.

The rustic variety is also making a huge comeback. This can be accomplished easily by using half a fallen log, or some second hand stone slabs from building demolishing.

Place a bench under a favorite tree, a super area to spend the afternoon on a lazy Sunday reading a book or sewing, and a quiet niche if you just feel like thinking.

If you choose to purchase a bench, go for quality. In this type furniture the old adage that you get what you pay for is very true. If you can find it, opt in for solid joinery, solid wood or metal and brass or silicon fasteners.

Add a splash of color to your garden with a painted finish for your bench.

Garden Bench Colors

If you want to use a wooden bench, and choose to color it, use a high quality stain and sealant as opposed to paint, which will usually blister and peel when exposed to the elements for long periods of time.

A penetrating stain will not show these kinds of wear in the same short time span that paint will.

Even Footing for Your Bench

When you place the bench, make certain it has a secure footing. Place the legs directly on top of four flat stones or bricks which are firmly sitting on the ground. A natural wood bench adds peace and tranquility; a place to spend some quiet time relaxing in your garden.

This will help to keep the bench level and also prevent rotting of the legs if they are made of wood. The area directly in front of the bench will likely be heavily traveled if the bench receives a lot of sitters in the summer time.

With this in mind, place stone or concrete directly in front of it as well, to prevent what might become a soupy watery spot in the yard during rainy times.

Don’t forget, no matter what you bench is made of, to purchase or make a simple cover for wintertime, out of canvas or simply a tarp and some bungee cords to hold it tight. This will help to greatly increase the longevity of your bench.

Built-in Storage

Another great feature about benches is their built-in storage areas. These come in handy for storing gardening supplies, small plants, seedlings, etc., while still allowing them to grow freely.

These types of benches may have shelves attached to the backside of the bench itself, or even drawers underneath where the feet rest.

There are many different styles available, so shop around until you find one that suits your needs best.

Bed Bench

Your bench can also serve as an outdoor bed which is great for sunbathing and general outdoor relaxation.

One thing I would recommend doing before purchasing any kind of outdoor seating is to measure the size of your patio/deck/gazebo first. You don’t want to buy something too big because then you’ll end up having to move it all over again once you’ve finished planting everything

Materials List For The Perfect Bench

  • Materials needed to make your garden bench:
  • Plywood sheet – 1/2″ thick x 12 feet long
  • Concrete block – 6 inches square
  • Cement mix – enough to fill each block 3/4 full
  • Wood screws – at least 10 per leg
  • Drill bits – drill bit sizes vary depending upon whether you have a cordless drill or electric drill
  • Hammer – hammer size varies based on strength desired
  • Paint brush – small one works best
  • Stains & Sealants – any kind will work fine
  • Tape measure – measuring tape
  • Level – optional but helpful
  • Deck screws

Garden Bench Plan

So now you have all your materials and tools, you’re ready to go. You can search for the plan that you find to be the most appealing to your personal preferences, or watch this video, which is a personal favorite channel of mine.