DIY Outdoor Bench Ideas

Need an outdoor bench to complete your space? Looking to build it yourself? Hometalk has got you covered. We have everything you need to build your own cozy bench. Watch a step by step video for tips, tricks, and techniques to guide you. Find inspiration for your next project in the best, top, and newest projects we have to offer. Start building!

Tips for Building Benches

Make a hanging bench

Create a classic decoration and provide seating outdoors at the same time with a hanging bench. You can’t go wrong with this timeless choice.

Create a DIY crate bench

Build your own DIY outdoor bench using crates and a wooden top. You can sand down and use any wooden planks you may already have.

Use cement and wood

Using cement blocks and wood, you can create your own bench. This bench is cost-effective, and you can paint the cement blocks any color.

Repurpose a headboard

Get creative with an innovative headboard design. Use the metal headboard from an old bed as the backrest for your outdoor bench.

Build a log bench

Create a natural and rustic outdoor bench by using tree stumps and a piece of wood as the top. Finish with a coat of varnish for protection.

Top Projects for Outdoor Benches

Here are our top outdoor bench projects to inspire you to build your own.

Popular Slideshows for Outdoor Benches

We have slideshows of how to create the perfect outdoor bench for your home.

Outdoor Bench Videos

Do you need video tutorials on how to create the perfect outdoor bench? Here you go!

Log and Concrete Fire Pit Bench

Please take a minute to click here to sign up for the Mother Daughter Projects weekly newsletter. You'll get notification about our new projects and what is up and coming.Steph was in need of seating around her fire pit that could withstand Florida weather. What better material to make benches than tree logs! There are lots of ways to make log benches, here's our take on the idea.

DIY Outdoor Storage Bench (with Hidden Storage Containers!)

Build an outdoor storage bench with a twist – the hidden storage can hold two rubber totes! This backyard storage box is ideal for storing pool toys, kid’s outdoor toys, gardening tools, patio cushions, and more.

Simple DIY Outdoor Lounging Bench

I was looking for an inexpensive seating option that would maximize seating on a narrow balcony (it’s only 4.5 ft wide) and that would be good for lounging. After looking at a few options, I decided to build a simple bench, much like the ones that I had built for my NYC apartment balcony. I tweaked the design a bit to make it wider so it was more like a sofa than a bench and I also added bracing to make it sturdier. It only cost $30 in materials, plus the stain, and by having all the wood cut at the hardware store, it turned out to be a very quick build using very basic tools: a drill, drill bits and a speed square (clamps optional)!

DIY Modern Concrete and Redwood Bench Tutorial

We wanted the sleek look of a modern outdoor bench, but also wanted something that would withstand the weather. So, we decided to try making a piece of furniture with concrete and wood. We just love how it turned out!

New Outdoor Bench Projects

We've gathered the newest outdoor bench projects for your enjoyment.