I love to linger in the garden, to actually spend time there. It’s not enough for me to just have the neighbors compliment my yard, or to know I increased the salability of my home. I live for, and in, the garden when I can. To do that, you have to eventually sit down. :) I love a garden bench because they can be easily moved, accommodate a thoughtful spot without blocking the garden itself, and makes an easy DIY project. A garden (or outdoor) bench is a seat, and some means to support that seat. Two blocks and a board will accomplish it, but I think you will agree these DIY garden benches are a far step above that, yet almost as easy! Giving yourself a place in the garden to contemplate and de-stress can change the way you look at it. (And everything else!)
Our first project is a cinder block bench created by Hello Daly. I love it because it’s simple for anyone to do, it’s inexpensive, and it will last! I also love it’s more contemporary look. Good step by step photos.
From ‘Fab Every Day’, this DIY cinder block bench could be made in less than an hour, and thats with adhering the blocks together, which is optional. It’s like college bookshelves, on garden steroids!
From ‘Aristo Crafty’, Jenny Meese made this colorful DIY bench and shares her “how-to” with everyone. I love the colors she chose!
I LOVE this cedar bench with planters. From ‘My Daily Randomness’, Britt created this bench project for a Home Depot challenge. Great tutorial for a fun woodworking project.
Sawdust Girl shows us how to do a project! Her $20 X-Leg bench has tons of step by step photos, drawings and eight simple steps.
Rambling Renovators did a deck remodel and created this L-shaped storage bench that would be worth a little sweat! The tutorial is pretty short and sweet, so this is a better project for a more experienced wood worker who can connect all the dots.
This DIY outdoor sectional from Accessorize and Organize has a short tutorial and some step by step photos, made from a pallet!
‘Build it with Brooke’ made this Ana White design 2X4 Outdoor Bench, and gives you the information on how to get your own free plans.
This nice modern DIY bench seat with storage is from BHG… sorry about the small photo. They have full instructions there for you. Love the finish!
Our last three are purely inspirational! Have a blast making your garden bench!
Image Credits: Accessorize and Organize, Foundry Forum, Hello Daly, Fab Every Day, AristoCrafty, My Daily Randomness, Sawdust Girl, Rambling Renovators, Build It with Brooke, BHG, Domidizajn, Tumblr, Emmas Blog