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10 ways to build a bench seat

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Bench seats provide a relaxing space for enjoying the garden and can be an easy D.I.Y. project for beginners.


Best of all, there's many ways you can tackle a bench project, incorporating different elements and using a range of materials.


Get inspired by these bench seat designs shared by Bunnings Workshop community members and let us know if you need a hand building your own.


1. Besser blocks


Besser block outdoor bench by @sandy_d 


Sandy shared this easy D.I.Y. bench seat made using Besser blocks and Pine posts. The wildly popular project inspired Workshop member Rob to share a step-by-step guide How to build a Besser block bench seat.


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2. Storage


Bench seat with firewood storage by @tony1982 


Tony built a gabion bench seat with decorative rocks and built-in firewood storage.




Pool blanket box bench seat by @ourcountrycoast 


Handy storage for a pool blanket as well as attractive pool-side furniture built with treated Pine and cladding. 




3. Planter box


Bench seat with planter box by @diy_hausdesigns 


Rufaro made a bench seat with a built-in planter box clad with Merbau decking.




Bench seat with storage and planter box by @LePallet 


Riley built a large outdoor bench seat with storage underneath and a box that can be used as a planter or to store cold drinks. He also built another version using pallet timber




4. Screening panels


Custom bench seats for fire pit entertaining area by @lcooksey88 


SpeRite Merbau panels were used in this custom bench seat design to match the fence screening in a fire pit outdoor entertaining area.


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5. Decking boards


Bench seats with built-in planter boxes by @raymond265 


Raymond built this bench seat frame using Pine that was painted black and then clad the seat with decking boards.


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6. Fence palings


Outdoor bench seats and planter boxes by @Poppop 


Experienced Bunnings Workshop member Poppop built these corner bench seats and planter boxes using fence palings.




7. Timber sleepers 


Simple outdoor bench by @TheCouchman 


Workshop member TheCouchman shared a simple bench using Pine sleepers cut to size by the Bunnings team.




Bench seat using Pine sleepers by @cadsman 


Workshop member cadsman built this rustic outdoor bench seat using three Pine sleepers.




8. Recycled timber and offcuts


Garden bench using decking offcuts by @woodalwaysworks 


Workshop member woodalwaysworks made this garden bench seat using decking timber offcuts.


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Simple bench using recycled timber by @AnitaH25 


Anita made a large recycled timber bench that's an easy D.I.Y. project for beginners.




9. Hand tools


Bench seat made with hand tools by @AndrewJones 


Made exclusively with hand tools, this bench seat features classic mortise and tenon joints. 




10. Steel


Timber and steel industrial-look benches by @She_Skills 


Made from timber and steel, these industrial-look benches would look stylish anywhere. 




How to make an outdoor bench seat


The Bunnings team has shared a step-by-step guide to building an outdoor bench with storage to provide a comfy spot to sit and admire your garden while adding handy storage space.




The Bunnings team also has a simple guide how to build an outdoor garden bench, complete with video and tools and materials.


Get more inspiration from the Bunnings Workshop community and our Top 10 most popular indoor and outdoor furniture projects, as well as our Top 10 most popular outdoor bench projects. 


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