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.

Outdoor bench


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: Domidizajn, Foundry Forum, Hello Daly, Fab Every Day, AristoCrafty, My Daily Randomness, Sawdust Girl, Rambling Renovators, Accessorize and Organize, Build It with Brooke, BHG, Emmas Blog, Tumblr


  1. Britt @ My Daily Randomness May 16, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Thanks so much for featuring my cedar bench project! It’s definitely one of my favourite projects to date!

    1. Kathy Woodard May 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Totally awesome project, thanks for sharing it with the blogging world Britt!

  2. Ramona Cruz-Peters May 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Great post, and thanks for featuring my DIY cinder block bench! We love the bench, and it was so easy to make.

    1. Kathy Woodard June 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      We love your bench too Ramona! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. M June 18, 2014 at 6:10 am

    of course, the one I love the most (the first pic) has absolutely no information about it. *sigh*

  4. Amanda Hill July 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    We’ve made quite a few of the vintage tailgate benches and they are always a hit. We plan on making 3 more to go around our flower pit. Always a conversation starter at parties for sure!

  5. dédé February 6, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Bonjour !

    Merci pour ces superbes selections.
    De très bon gout et d’ingéniosité.
    J’en retiens au moins 3 pour mes projets.


  6. Pam March 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Great List!! Pinned just about every single one! Do you have any info on the very top pic? There is no link or info under the photo.


  7. Bernie August 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I love the cinderblock bench with the large piece of wood as a seat, but I have been unable to find the required cinderblocks with the notched out area for the board to set on. I have ask at Lowe’s and Home Depot and nobody seems to know a thing about them. Are they a specialty and where can I find them?

    1. Kathy Woodard August 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Hi Bernie,
      That first photo has no tutorial, it is inspirational only… You could create them with a box form, some concrete mix, and a smaller box to place into the form to create the lip…Let us know if you try it!

  8. Deborah Davidson October 30, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    So with the wal paper for Windows or Slibing glass doors, you can still seen out but noisy neighbor’s cannot see in your house from the outside Windows. Right?
    Thank you, Deborah Davidson

  9. Ross Galan January 11, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Bricks/Hollow blocks make beautiful bench/sofa indoor or outdoor. PROCEDURE: Pile bricks/hollow blocks (4 or 6 layers, depending on how low or high you wish it to be, varnish them on the sides to make them to look nicer, lay some removable foam to feel softer on the butt and you now have a steady sofa in no time and will last for a lifetime.

  10. James Georges January 11, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    It’s very nice..so glad u took the time to show how to do it….I think you need to do a bench using the sign..I really liked it.

  11. J. James March 6, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I really love this. I am thinking of doing this and earning some money for my children. Thanks a lot.


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