A bench in a garden is cute and romantic. Do you remember the lovely drawing series “The Lovers” by Raymond Peynet? The poet and his companion are sitting on a bench, with their chests open like a little window to see each others’ hearts. So cute, right? It’s like a tutorial for love! Can you imagine yourself with your loved one on a picnic table in fabulous home decor? Or maybe on a romantic bench, in the garden? Well, let’s see how you can create your lovely seating area with a wooden bench and upgrade your patio or garden.
Surrounded by flowers and plants, it will give you an image full of serenity and tenderness, where you can spend your most relaxing hours, alone, with friends, or in the company of the person you love. Beauty can really be built with simple things. We don’t really need any particular structures. All it takes is a green corner, flowers to make the atmosphere pleasant, and a wooden, iron, or stone bench placed in the middle of green nature.
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How a garden bench upgrades your landscape
To enjoy your garden starting from spring when the sun is welcoming warm, over the whole summer, the outdoor bench should be a quiet spot to sit down and enjoy yourself. A bench made from wood ( or pallets) can be placed to set the limits of the terrace, offer enough sitting space, and can be moved around thanks to its simple structure. Plus, you can always go for one with a circular or rectangular backrest that might also fit a larger location.
Straight and classic or personalized and unusual, the bench is now a place to accompany the warm days of the whole family. Did you think a DIY wooden bench looks raw and not very aesthetic? Think again, because a suitable mattress or a few cushions give the woody bench a decorative look at any time. Are you still hesitant to make a bench from wood for the garden?
Whatever the style of your garden, the bench is one of the most popular pieces of furniture for an outdoor area. There is always the dilemma of buying one or make it yourself. However, the area of the outdoor space does not always allow the inhabitants to install a piece of large outdoor furniture. This is why making a bench for the garden remains the only possible solution to arrange the space with a custom piece of furniture adapted to the specifics of the terrain. You might have some bench ideas and give your outdoor furniture the style and character you want!
A successful exterior layout means equilibrium. Therefore, the furniture is adapted to enjoy a comfortable and orderly layout. The functionality of the garden is achieved with simple elements. Making a beautiful woody bench is an ideal solution for Japanese, rustic or traditional-style gardens. The furniture can have a backrest with armrests or be reclining for comfortable seating. In addition, flowerpots can also be integrated into the bench plans.
Only a few wooden slats will be enough to make a bench around a tree. You will be able to surprise your loved ones with an original and practical bench idea surrounding a tree in the garden. The little ones will be really happy to be able to sit on a bench like this and look at the garden and everything that’s going on around it.
Things to know before building a basic garden bench
In order to make a bench, there are many possibilities. First of all, you have to choose the design that will best suit your needs and the garden’s style. Then which type of bench plan to use. With large massive beams, slats, or pallets, the choice of materials determines the design and style of the DIY bench. Once the bench is put together, sand and clean the surface for a smooth finish. Finally, the garden furniture is varnished or painted for longer protection, plus the look is infused with a special touch.
DIY outdoor benches can have a simple design, X-shaped structure, or a more complex one, similar to a metal one. The sitting area can be made from wider planks or from narrower slats with a space between them. To avoid overturning the bench, try to anchor them or fix them well in the ground.
The first step in building a bench is the list of materials, and for this, you will need to know what size the bench will be. A DIY bench can have different sizes, being for two, three, or four people or a storage bench. A two-bench seat will require a few materials, as it can be built in no more than one day if you have some carpentry skills.
For a bench, you will need to start by cutting the planks according to the measurements for the bench seat. The next step is the arrangement of the support legs and the spacer that will finally be held together with the help of screws and a special adhesive for wood. In the end, the bench can be painted or lacquered to protect it from moisture, weather, and temperature fluctuations throughout the year.
Step-by-step guide for building a big and sturdy garden bench
A bench is always the perfect refuge to listen to nature’s sounds during the day or count the stars at night. You can have a bench in just five steps. When it’s ready, it’ll be a lovely seating area.
The necessary equipment to do this tutorial:
- six wooden planks of 69.5 cm (sides/ arm of the bench)
- six wooden planks of 112.5 cm (back/seat/ front of the bench)
- one wooden flap of 112.5 cm x 8.5 cm (top of the back of the bench)
- two wooden panels of 66 cm x 6.5 cm (upper arms)
- two wooden panels of 62.5 cm x 5 cm (seat support)
- two wooden flaps of 6.7 cm x 5 cm (front support)
- two wooden flaps of 42 cm x 5 cm (back support)
- two wooden flaps of 66 cm x 5 cm (feet)
The tools you need for this step-by-step making bench are:
- a circular saw is required,
- a multi-purpose carbide disc
- an adaptation for angle cutting
- a screwdriver
- self-drilling screws
Step 1: Cut all planks and flaps to the proper lengths
For the first cut, draw a line all around the wooden board. Set the circular saw to 20 mm deep and cut along the line. Then sand the cut edges with abrasive paper or a sander.
Step 2: Build the sides of the bench
Arrange the three planks cut side by side on a flat surface and use the screwdriver and the self-drilling screws, stare at the flap to the ground. Screw the left armrest. Screw the flap on top of the boards.
Step 3: Screw the seat support
Screw the flap on the inside of the panel’s left side, 36 cm from the bottom edge, then attach it to the front to the seat at a 90-degree angle. Do the same for the right side. Then screw the front panel to its support on the left and right sides, then all the seat planks on their support.
Step 4: Fix the back of the bench
Take the planks that will form the back of the bench, lay them on the ground, tighten them to make sure they are aligned with each other. Screw the two flaps on each side (the smallest), ensuring they are also well aligned with the planks. Then screw the long flap on top. Take the back of the assembled bench and screw it on each side with the desired inclination.
Step 5: Finishes
Fill the visible holes with a harmoniously coloured coating and remove the excess.
To make the bench resistant to wind and rain, you can cover the wood components with a weatherproof varnish and then dry them. Choose water-based and gloss-free products that are not toxic. Do you want a natural rot-resistant? Use Western red cedar!
Do you want to take it to a whole new level? Dress it up, for example, with multi-coloured cushions! You might decorate your bench with hanging pots and plant your favourite flowers. Roses of different colours are beautiful. Oh… and a tip for cooking lovers: Mediterranean herbs, such as rosemary are very aromatic and can spice up your food while being the perfect addition to your garden.
Making an original bench requires just a little imagination!
Here are some ideas to think about
A bench from 2 old chairs
Remove the two seats and replace them with wooden slats that connect the two chairs together. Also, screw the folders side-by-side for better stability. Start with two old chairs, but keep only the backs and back feet. The backs will form the sides of the bench, joined face to face by a wooden frame on which you will come to weave the coloured clothesline.
A DIY pallet bench
Wooden skids can be recycled for various other utilitarian functions again, and this is just one example! This rustic shape of benches comes with both armrests and backrest and has been raised to a specific level of height to be more comfortable for the user! Construction is beginner-friendly when it comes to woodworking and avoids any complicated steps or cutting to not let you get bored! The recommended locations to use this bench are the front porch area, green garden space, rooftop, and balcony space! Give your pallets a new life and create this feasible craft of pallet-made bench in no time!
A flower pot bench
Choose two large, sturdy pots 40 cm high and place a thick wooden plank on top. The two pots form the feet of the bench, and the board must exceed the feet by several centimetres. Then cut two circular holes smaller than the pots in this board (the seat should be strong enough). Then fill the pots with soil and secure the board. All you have to do is install the plants of your choice!
A bench is a very pleasant layout, and you still have to think about relaxation, right? Especially since the bench is also part of the décor, whether it is traditional iron, built-in hard with the stones of the corner, or metal and wood design. Whether you’re a handyman or not at all, there’s always an achievement that’s right for your carpentry skills!
How to paint your wooden garden bench
A beautiful bench will need a facelift every now and then. Paint yours to add a fancy touch. A touch of colour, or a celebration of value and vintage – and change the look of your veranda or garden. The exterior paint wears out, although the new finish will last longer if the bench spends the winter indoors.
However, weather influences garden furniture and make them age rapidly. It can be remedied by applying a new coat of paint, which not only rejuvenates your bench but also gives it a completely new look. However, painting a bench with a brush or roller takes a long time. With a paint gun, it’s much faster and easier. In addition, the paint seeps into the cracks of the woody bench and is applied much more evenly, which means that it is less sensitive to the weather and that your garden furniture stays protected much longer.
You don’t need a huge outdoor space, just a green corner near your house. Whether it’s luxurious or rustic, the bench transforms the ambience of your garden, giving it a whole new look. It doesn’t take much to feel part of a dream. Place a bench in your garden, and the magic will blossom.