How to Make Simple Garden Benches

Updated April 17, 2017

Special touches in your garden, such as simple garden benches, can add ambience to your yard. Having a place to sit down and enjoy your flowers, statues and other outdoor decor can help you relax. Building simple benches for your garden is easy if you follow a few basic steps.

Measure the area where you plan to place the bench. This is an important step because if you make one that is too large or too small it might look awkward.

Put on protective eye gear such as goggles. Plug in your saw and prepare a clean work space.

Cut 3 pieces of lumber the length of the measurements you took previously. These will serve as the top of the bench. Cut 4 additional pieces of lumber that measure 2 1/2 feet in length. These will serve as the legs of the bench.

Using 6-inch nails, hammer together the top pieces. You should start by laying one board flat in front of another. Hammer 2 nails into each end of the outside board so that it connects it to what will be the middle board. Lay the third board so that it is on the other side of the middle board that you just hammered the first board to. Hammer 2 nails in each end of the board so that you now have 3 connected boards.

Lay the bench top on top of the 4 legs. If you do this on a flat surface it should stand on its own when placed stably.

Have two helpers hold the legs still. Using 8-inch nails, hammer through the top of the bench and into each leg. Use 2 nails per leg. After you have nailed the legs onto the bench, check the stability of it by sitting on it. Add additional nails where needed if there is a stability problem.

Paint the bench with an all-weather sealant to prevent decay and weathering of the wood. Allow the bench to dry completely before placing it in your garden for use.


Countersink the nail heads, fill the holes with wood filler and paint your bench a pretty colour for a more specialised look. Add corner braces and stain your bench for indoor use.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Lumber (2 by 4 lumber preferred)
  • Saw
  • Protective eye wear
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • All weather wood sealant
  • Paint brush
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