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

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Outdoor Bench Videos

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Beautiful DIY Live Edge Oak Table

I love creating pieces from cuts of wood with live edges. When my grandfather gave me a piece of oak wood with a stunning live edge, I knew I couldn’t use it for just any old piece of furniture, so it sat in my shed for about ten years. Then inspiration hit, and I knew what I wanted to make with it. Come along and I’ll show you how I made an oak table with a live edge and iron legs.

DIY Patio and Garden Bench and Chair

When I was ready to start furnishing the patio space I had trouble finding furniture that was the size I wanted. I was looking for a bench that would fit perfectly against my back wall and decided that in order to find just the right size to maximize my space, I would have to build it. My DIY patio bench was so incredibly simple to build, adds so much enjoyable living space to my home, and looks amazing! One of the best parts of the building project was that I was able to make use of the leftover cut boards to build a matching chair.

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.


Every time I go to my local Goodwill I find something that can be upcycled. Most the time a quirky desk, headboard or table catches my eye. Usually something tattered and abused and I feel like me bringing it home to slick up is rescuing it. Giving it an Afterlife! Well, one fine morning, walking in saying hi to my friends at the counter, the manager said, "Michelle, I have a treat for you!". Moses brought me over to not one, but two BRAND NEW end of the bed benches! With the TAGS! TWO OF THEM! I said, "OH, MY! How am I supposed to upcycle these?" He said "What if your Unicorn stuff could color the fabric?" I hadn't thought about that! I figured what the heck. I'll give it a try! I did and I couldn't be happier or more excited about the results! So today I'm here with step by step instructions with how to SPiT on FABRiC.

New Outdoor Bench Projects

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

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How to Build a Simple Potting Bench.
Repurposed Headboard Bench | Farmhouse Style
How to Make a Bench From an Old Metal Bed
Combined Garden Modular Seating / Retaining Wall / Storage
DIY Outdoor Storage Bench (with Hidden Storage Containers!)
DIY Planter Box Bench Seat
Needed a Garden Bench
DIY Patio and Garden Bench and Chair
Reclaimed Wood Tree Bench
How to Build a Quick Outdoor Hairpin Leg Bench (with Storage!)
Outdoor Cinder Block Wet Bar/Gardening Station
How To Build A Headboard Bench In An Afternoon
Beautiful DIY Live Edge Oak Table
Part 2-directions for Concrete Bench Base
Before and After Cast Iron Bench Restoration
New Life for a Vintage Glider and Chairs!
Potting Bench From Recycled Furniture for $100, Cottage Core Style
Garden Bench With Plants Plots- Simple Build
Outdoor 2x4 Bench
A Sleigh Bed Repurposed Into a Bench.
An Almost Free Cinder Block Porch Bench
From Child's Roll Top Desk to Counter Potting Shed!
DIY Cinder Block Bench: Cute Outdoor Seating
How To Make A Cinder Block Bench
DIY Outdoor Bench With Back
Stencil An Outdoor Bench With Chalk Paint (R)