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Outdoor bench seat ideas

Retired Team Member
Retired Team Member

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


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 block outdoor bench by sandy_d 


Sandy shared this easy D.I.Y. bench seat made using besser blocks and Pine posts.


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2. Bench seat with firewood storage by tony1982 


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




3. Bench seat with planter box by diy_hausdesigns 


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




4. Custom bench seats for fire pit entertaining area by lcooksey88 


Merbau panels were used in this custom bench seat design to match the Merbau screening.


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5. Outdoor bench seats and planter boxes by Poppop 


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




6. Simple outdoor bench by TheCouchman 


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




7. 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.




8. 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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9. Bench seat using Pine sleepers by cadsman 


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




10. Garden bench using decking offcuts by woodalwaysworks 


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


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11. Simple bench using recycled timber by AnitaH25 


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




How to make an outdoor bench seat


This stylish bench seat will not only give you somewhere to sit and admire your garden, it also provides some handy storage space. Follow these step-by-step guides to make an outdoor bench with storage or a simple garden bench.




It can be surprisingly easy to create an attractive and functional piece of furniture for your home or outdoor areas. Find ideas for your next D.I.Y. piece in our top 10 most popular indoor and outdoor furniture projects. You can also get great ideas from our Top 10 most popular woodworking projects.

2 Replies
Having an Impact

Some great ideas here.  I particularly like the raw look and use of left-over timbers of #9 and the simplicity of #6 but all projects look readily achievable, even to my untutored eyes.  Thank you for displaying them.

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @nonsibicunctis,


Give us a shout if you'd like to build one of these for your own backyard. I trust our members would be delighted to offer assistance and answer any questions you have.




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