21 Gorgeous Easy DIY Benches (Indoor & Outdoor!)

DIY benches are some of the most rewarding projects, because they work like a magic formula, adding beauty and function to any space indoors and outdoors, and making it feel so much more welcoming!

These 21 DIY benches offer lots of creative ideas for all building skill levels, and detailed tutorials on how to build many types of benches such as garden benches , benches for bedroom and entryway, IKEA hack window seats, storage benches, and more!

Tutorial links to this gorgeous headboard bench & many others below!

These beginner friendly DIY bench ideas will inspire you to build beautiful benches out of 2x4s, concrete blocks, or even re-purposed old headboards, chairs and dressers from yard sales!

Add some extra style to your porch, patio, living room, dinning room, bedroom or garden with your favorite from these DIY bench ideas!

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Easy DIY Wood Benches with 2x4s

You may have walked by a modern wood bench at West Elm or William Sonoma and think to yourself: I could build that for $20 with 2x4s! Yes you can.

Easy DIY Wood Benches with 2x4s

These two beautiful wood slats DIY garden benches are perfect examples. ( Source: Ana White | DIY Candy )

Painted DIY Benches with Storage

Painted DIY Benches with Storage

These DIY benches with storage are very easy to build. The crates and bins are great for adding lots of storage without cluttering up the space. ( Source: Infarrantly Creative | Operation Home | Jamie Costiglio )

Crate Storage Bench Ideas

Crate Storage Bench Ideas

No woodworking skills? Find some budget wooden crates like these and join them together to make an easy storage bench! ( Source: Operation Home )

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DIY Upholstered Bench Ideas for Bedroom or Entryway

DIY Upholstered Bench Ideas for Bedroom or Entryway


Upholstered benches are so soft and cozy, perfect for bedroom, or a welcoming entryway! Both DIY bench ideas are absolutely gorgeous and totally made from scratch! ( Source: Anika’s DIY Life | Shades of Blue Interiors )

Easy Storage Bench Ideas

Easy Storage Bench Ideas & Ikea Hack

You can also make simple and elegant DIY benches out of old kitchen cabinets and bookcases! Here are two great examples: the corner bench with storage and the IKEA hack window seat bench. ( Source: Creations by Kara | Mommy Vignettes )

DIY Re-purposed Bench From Old Chairs

DIY Re-purposed Bench From Old Chairs

My talented friend Gail at My Repurposed Life has created so many wonderful projects. This repurposed chair bench is one of them!

DIY Bench from Old Headboards

DIY Bench from Old Headboards

Don’t pass up a broken poster bed with headboard! This vintage farmhouse repurposed headboard bench will look so beautiful on a porch or in the garden! ( Source: Jill Wilson, website expired, but you can connect with her here. )

Re-purpose Old Dresser into A Sofa Bench

Re-purpose Old Dresser into A Sofa Bench

We can often find free dressers on the curb or on Craigslist! If this old broken dresser can be transformed into such a beautiful farmhouse sofa bench, anything is possible! ( Source: Start at Home Decor )

Easiest DIY Outdoor Benches

Easy DIY Outdoor Benches with CMU block

Simply stack and glue some CMU ( concrete masonry unit) using landscape adhesive and add some 4x4s. We have a gorgeous outdoor bench, no special skills required! ( Source: DIY By Kimberly | Lena Sekine )

cinder block bench DIY

These concrete block benches offer lots or room for creative expressions: we can dress them up with paints and colorful outdoor fabric cushions! ( Source: ehow )

Video tutorial: DIY cinder block bench!

Farmhouse Wood Benches with Free Building Plans

how to build Farmhouse Wood Benches with free plans

Both DIY benches capture perfectly the farmhouse style we love so much: simple, serene, and utterly charming. ( Source: Ana White | Love Grows Wild )

Whitewashed Wooden farmhouse DIY benches

Whitewashed Wooden farmhouse DIY benches

Don’t you  love the distressed paint finish on the first wood bench and the combination of white and rich colored wood on the other bench? ( Source: Her Tool Belt | The Creative Mom )

DIY Modern Outdoor Bench

DIY Modern Outdoor Bench

Outdoor benches can also be used as indoor benches. The main consideration when building an outdoor bench is drainage. Make sure the material can withstand the elements, and water can drain easily from all the surfaces. ( Source: Brittany Stager | 20 | 21 )

DIY Garden Benches

DIY Garden Benches

These beautiful garden benches are made by Ana White. You can find Ana’s free building plans for the blue garden bench here, the swing bench here, and the wood bench with back here.

DIY Wood Benches with Back

DIY Wood Benches with Back

These wooden storage benches with back require a bit of extra woodworking skills. But the results are gorgeous! ( Source: Handyman’s Daughter | Jen Woodhouse )

Pin your favorite DIY bench ideas on your home and garden DIY board!

how to build easy DIY benches for indoor and outdoor use

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Happy building! See you next week!

20 Comments

  1. Just wanted to let you know that the “DIY Bench from Old Headboards (Source: Jill Wilson)” link is not working…looks like maybe her website is down? It’s soooo pretty! Wish I could see her tutorial :'(

  2. The 2×4 bench with slats second from the top, Is there instructions/ measurements or a pattern. I know I am not that swift?

  3. I LOVE indoor or outdoor furniture benches! The one made from chairs is so creative and we have 2 old chairs that are perfect for this!

  4. I’ve been using your instructions in various tutorials and almost everything came out perfect. Thank you!!

  5. Very nice DIY furniture! I like the bench with the crates, would be great to have plans to build the crates myself rather than buy them at Home Depot. Future project?

  6. To tell you the truth, I came here following a link from Pinterest. I was hoping to find the DYI tutorial for the bench that’s made of wood and bricks. Do you have any idea how it’s made? Is the wood fixed into the bricks? The overall design looks outstanding.
    Thanks

  7. The second one is my favorite. I wish I could self-build it. It seems the bench was made of wood and concrete. Thank you for sharing! These benches are so gorgeous.

  8. Oooh, I am so in love with these. I didn’t know until this moment I need a bench for every room in our house! Definitely saving these for when we have room and move!

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