How to Make a Garden Kneeler & Seat

Written by ronnie dauber | 13/05/2017
How to Make a Garden Kneeler & Seat
Garden kneelers keep dirt and grass stains away from your knees. (Young woman planting out fuchsia sprouts in a garden image by GeoM from

A garden kneeler and seat is a reversible garden tool for protecting your knees and back while planting, weeding, and putting your gardens to bed in autumn. When you need a seat in the garden, stand the kneeler and seat on its legs, and when you need to use a kneeler, turn the tool over and kneel on the padded cushion.

Trace a half-inch piece of plywood to a measurement of 24 inches by 18 inches. Cut out the rectangle with a jigsaw or handsaw. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper .

Trace another rectangle that measures 18 inches by 2 inches and then cut out the rectangle. Employ the slim rectangle as a template to cut out three more rectangles, which will be the legs of the kneeler.

Lay a large piece of fabric on a flat surface and trace a rectangle that measures 26 inches by 38 inches and then cut out the rectangle.

Cut out a piece of one-inch foam padding equal to the fabric measurements and place it on top of the fabric. Sew the edges of the materials together using a single stitch by hand or a zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.

Center the 24-inch by 18-inch piece of wood on the fabric and cotton batting. Align the wood so that it leaves one-inch of fabric showing on three of the sides. Fold the 38-inch length of fabric over the wooden rectangle and use a whip stitch to sew all three seams closed. This gives the tool padding on the top side and under side.

Place one of the slim rectangular pieces of wood at one corner of the fabric-covered rectangle and hammer in three nails to secure the pieces together. Repeat this step for the other three wooden legs.

Remove any rough edges from the wooden legs with sandpaper.

Things you need

  • Piece of half-inch plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Cotton fabric
  • 1-inch foam padding.
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • 12 one-and-one-half-inch nails
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper

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