Plans to make a garden slat bench

Updated November 21, 2016

Slat benches are perfect for gardens because they have a natural element that fits into the scenic atmosphere of the outdoors. Garden slat benches are easy to construct and require only a few simple tools and materials. Plans to make a garden slat bench include a construction process and end with decoration steps.


Determine the size for the bench. If you are using standard slats of lumber, use three pieces laying flat, side by side, for the seat. This technique creates a standard width for the seat area. Decide how long you want to make the seat. Consider the number of people who will occupy the bench regularly and if you plan to set anything on top of it. After you have determined the length, select a height. Higher benches are easy to sit on and get off, but lower benches make working in the garden easier.


Choose any type of wood for the bench construction. Purchase your choice of wood in standard slats of lumber at any hardware store. Have the store representative cut the wood to match your dimensions. Lay the three pieces of wood on the ground, parallel to each other, with your desired amount of space between each. Consider making the space anywhere from 1 to 2 inches. Lay a single piece of wood perpendicular underneath all three of the slats on each end of the bench. Make this piece of wood the same width of the seat and nail or screw it to each piece. Nail or screw the two pieces of wood to the three slats by inserting the hardware from the surface of the bench down through to the piece of wood. The benefit of installing the hardware from the bench surface down is to eliminate any possibility of a sharp point sticking up through to the sitting area.

Attach the legs to either the very outer corners of the bottom surface or a little bit inward. The legs need to be far enough apart to promote sturdiness. Nail or screw the legs into the bottom surface of the seat by starting from the bench surface to again eliminate sharp points protruding through to the seat surface. If you plan to set the bench on a ground that is susceptible to moisture, consider adding length to the legs of the bench and making the end into a point so that it acts as a stake and pierces the ground. Add a wood frame with small pieces of wood around the leg at the point where you want to leg to rest on the surface of the ground. This will prevent the stake part of the leg from piercing the ground further after weight has been applied to the seat.


Finish the bench with a water-resistant glaze. Glaze all surfaces of the bench including the underside of the legs. This will prevent water from seeping into the wood from the ground.


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