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Top 10 most popular outdoor furniture projects

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Furniture can help ensure you get the most from your outdoor spaces, whether it’s for entertaining family and friends or just relaxing solo in the sunshine.


Don't know where to start? Our Bunnings Workshop community members can provide the inspiration you need for your next project.


Here’s our top 10 most popular outdoor furniture projects on Workshop by pageviews:


1. Besser block outdoor bench and landscaping by @sandy_d 

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Sandy's backyard makeover included building a bench seat using Besser blocks and adding pavers and stones. She made a large concrete planter by attaching fibre cement sheeting to a timber frame. Anyone looking to replicate this project can find step-by-step instructions in the guide How to build a Besser block bench seat.


2. Fire pit entertaining area with seating and planter boxes by @raymond265 


These bench seats made from Pine sleepers and decking boards have built-in planter boxes and are perfect for enjoying the fire pit, which doubles as a small table for outdoor entertaining.


3. Outdoor bench seats and planter boxes by @Poppop 


Stylish and providing a relaxing space for enjoying the garden, these corner bench seats by Workshop member David were made using fence palings and feature two planter boxes.


4. Table made using four pallets by @Peggers  


Rob loves “indulging his inner tradie at weekends” but reckons he started this popular table without much of a plan. He used four pallets, two of which he took completely apart, then inserted the strips of wood into the gaps on the other pallets to make a solid tabletop. You can make your own by following Rob's step-by-step instructions in this guide: How to build a pallet timber table.


5. Pallet timber bench seat with storage by @LePallet 


This multi-purpose creation built using recycled pallet timber is not only a bench seat, it also has planter boxes on each side and a hinged lid for handy storage.Pallet timber outdoor tablePallet timber outdoor table


6. Pallet timber outdoor table with burn effect by @LePallet 


This enormous outdoor table measures 2.1 by 1.6 metres and was almost entirely made from recycled timber. Pallet wood aficionado Rylie used a small gas blowtorch to apply a burn effect before applying timber oil to bring out the grain in the wood.


7. Bench seat with planter box by @diy_hausdesigns 


Rufaro built this bench seat with a built-in planter box and clad with Merbau decking boards to match his deck, screening and raised garden beds


8. Bench seat with firewood storage by @tony1982 


A gabion bench seat made from treated Pine and decking boards with decorative rocks and built-in firewood storage.


9. Outdoor entertaining area servery by @craftyhopper 


A serving area created using Acacia Project Panels and a tiled splashback made a practical addition to this outdoor entertaining space.Bench seat clad with Merbau deckingBench seat clad with Merbau decking


10. Pallet timber bar by @Yorky88


This portable bar made using recycled pallet wood and some Jarrah boards would make a great addition to an outdoor entertaining area. Pallet master creator Marty recommends that builders just ensure any overhanging ledge is well supported underneath as leaning on it is going to be a very popular pastime. Don't miss Rob's guide on How to build a pallet bar for step-by-step instructions on building your own.


How to build outdoor furniture


The Bunnings team has created many guides to building and choosing outdoor furniture. Articles include How to build a rendered block bench and How to make D.I.Y modular outdoor furniture.


Workshop member Rob has also shared a step-by-step guide on How to build a simple coffee table using pallet timber that is a great project for beginners. 


More outdoor furniture project ideas


Bunnings Workshop community members have shared many other amazing projects you can use as inspiration when building outdoor furniture. These include:









There also plenty of other ideas in our collection of Outdoor bench seat ideas and Fire pit outdoor entertaining areas.



Last updated: November 2023


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