Easy Garden Bench

Summer is here! And as a result I am getting a little too obsessed with my garden... can you blame me. The sun has that effect on me! Did you catch my DIY TILE PLANTER on wheels that I posted a few weeks back?

My husband and I decided to build a bench for our garden. The design was inspired by a video on youtube by Home made modern - but we changed lots of the steps and plans around to suit our needs

MATERIALS NEEDED TO BUILD AN OUTDOOR SOFA (please visit my blog here for all the sources)
  • Heavy duty L shaped brackets x 8
  • floor cushions x 3 (pillows)
  • Varnish (medium oak) (poly)
  • Exterior varnish/lacquer
  • 8″ scews
  • 2.4m treated Dried Timber (45 x 120mm)
  • Timber wood18 x 144mm x 1.8m
  • Timber wood 18 x 28mm x 1.8m
  • wood glue
  • mitre saw
  • Sander
  • Drill


1 Measure and cut the larger sized Timber (45 x 120mm) wood into 12 equally sized pieces. Once constructed, these will become the sides of the sofa.

Time: 4 HoursCost: $100Difficulty: Medium
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 2. Cut the wood for the seating and back

3. Sand all of the wood.

4. Assemble the sofa side panels

To do this, you will first need  to drill x 2  sized 2 x 1/4″ diameter holes about 3 inches deep into the  sides of the (45mm x 120mm) wood. Use a drill attachment to drive the screws through the bottom of the holes and into the wood below.  Reinforce with wood glue
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5. Lay the sofa base
Place the two side panels flat on the floor and screw in the L-brackets
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Each bracket will hold one plank of wood.

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6. Add the back rest and some added reinforcment to the bottom

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Then finally stain!
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And your bench is done. For more detailed instruction - please head to my blog (link at the bottom)

Here is a little sneak peek of how it looks in my garden but you can visit my blog to see more pics
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Suggested materials for this project:

Medina at Grillo Designs

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