19 DIY Bench Projects & Ideas You Can Create Yourself

DIY Bench Projects

Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Think benches are boring?

Well think again.

Sure, the store bought benches may all look alike.

So why not put your own spin to them.

To do that, here are some DIY bench projects you an complete in one weekend. They’ll let you custom create your own furniture so it’s perfect for your home.

Go ahead, choose one and get started today.

DIY Shoe Storage Bench

Outdoor Bench Projects

This is a lovely addition to your mud room or shoe corner.

Instead of chucking your shoes or pushing them all into one side, you can neatly store them in this bench.

I do love that the design provides a lot of air flow.

This prevents the cabinets from smelling after a few months.

And, the wood definitely beats the plastic ones they sell in stores since plastic absorbs odors.

French-Style Bench

DIY Bench Projects

This is as elegant as you get as far as DIY homemade benches go.

And, you can use it both indoors and outdoors.

The funny thing is, if you look at the bench, you’d think that it’s super complicated to make.

But, with a little creativity, it’s actually much easier.

Just follow the tutorial and you’ll see.

5-Board Bench

DIY Bench Ideas

If you prefer something smaller or without the arm rests to the side, this is a good choice.

Some will argue that this is more versatile.

That’s because you can pretty much put it anywhere.

That said, it really comes down to what you’re looking for.

If you want something more elaborate for design purposes, the French-style bench is the way to go.

If you want something multi-purpose, this probably fits the bill better.

In either case, there are step by step tutorials you can follow to create them yourself.

DIY Mudroom Bench

DIY Bench Designs

This is yet another DIY mudroom bench.

But, it’s bigger.

And, it comes with the hanging hooks for your coats.

If you show your guests this, they’d probably guess you spend at least a few hundred to a few thousand bucks for it.

I’m sure they won’t believe you built it yourself.

Arbor Bench

Arbor Bench

This is a lovely outdoor bench that can instantly become the focus of your garden.

At the very least, you’ll be able to rest and relax in it…

Away from all the stresses of life and work.

As you can imagine, this does take a little bit of work.

And, you’ll need to do a bit of carpentry too to get it done.

Simple DIY Farmhouse Bench

Simple DIY Farmhouse Bench

If you’re looking for something you can place in your front porch or right to the side of your backyard, this is it.

It’s a strong, sturdy farm bench that easily blends will just about any surroundings.

I love that it comes storage spaces underneath where you can keep your things.

DIY Planter Box Bench

Simple DIY Farmhouse Bench

If you’re looking for something more unique, try this on for size.

It’s you’re ordinary bench except that the ends are planters.

This makes them perfect for decorative purposes outdoors.

And, they’ll give you and your kids somewhere to sit in the afternoons.

Entry Bench With Cubbies And Hooks

Entry Bench With Cubbies And Hooks

This is another version of one of the benches above.

It comes with a large bench that sits anywhere from 2 to 4 people.

Although, it’s less for sitting as it is for putting on or pulling off your shoes. Then, storing them in the cubbies.

It also comes with hooks on the back where you can hang larger pieces of clothing as you enter your home.

Wooden Bench

Wooden Bench

Need a bench but don’t have a budget to spend a few hundred bucks?

How about sparing a 20?

Yup, that’s all it costs, $20.

This is a simple DIY project you can follow to save yourself money. And, get a multi-purpose wooden outdoor bench in the process.

Sounds like a good deal, right?

Pallet Wood Outdoor Sofa

Pallet Wood Outdoor Sofa

Convert your pallets into an outdoor sofa, anyone?

This is a cool DIY project you can do and use once you’re done.

It even comes with buttons to fit the pillows.

The best part about this bench is that it looks rustic and easily fits into just about any backyard.

DIY Outdoor Bench

DIY Outdoor Bench

This is a lovely L-shaped bench that fits perfectly into any corner.

Of course, do make some measurements before starting the projects. And, choose where you’d like to place it.

Unlike the smaller multi-purpose bench, you’ll this one fits into specific spaces. That’s because of it’s shape.

And, that one end is longer than the other.

So, it’s a good idea to find your ideal location first. Then adjust the bench measurements as needed.

Garden Bench

Garden Bench

This is a big bench that can hold things as well as let you sit on it.

It’s made from old doors, which makes it somewhat different from the other benches.

That said, it also has a more chair-like shape, which adds to its distinctiveness.

Convertible Picnic Table and Bench

Convertible Picnic Table and Bench

This is the “Transformers” of picnic tables.

I love it sooo much!

At first, it looks like your regular picnic table.

But, wait…

When you pull up the middle and turn them over to the other side, you’ve got twin benches.

Super creative.

DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench

If you’re looking for an eye-catching decor to put in your entryway, this is a good idea.

It’s a fancy bench with a lot of design.

This makes it perfect for attracting people’s attention as they walk in the door.

DIY Farmhouse Bench

DIY Farmhouse Bench

This is something I want to have.

It’s perfect for entryways as well as other spots where you want to have utility storage.

The bench itself looks wonderful.

It’s large enough and long enough to hold a lot of items in and above.

This makes it perfect for function as well as visual appeal.

Outdoor Bench

Outdoor Bench

This is another project from Ashley over at Cherished Bliss.

If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should. She’s got a lot of awesome stuff.

Anyways, on to the bench…

This one is smaller than the previous one. And, it’s for sitting this time.

But, it’s also thicker and sturdier.

That makes it perfect for holding a lot of weight. So you can sit on it as well as put object on top.

Shoe Storage Bench

Shoe Storage Bench

Don’t let it’s name fool you.

This is much, much more than a shoe storage bench.

Although that may be it’s primary purpose, this bench does a lot more.

You can sit on it, hang your jackets and put object on top.

Plus, of course your shoes at the bottom.

On top of all that, there’s the lovely wood finish that makes it stand out.

Welcome Bench

Welcome Bench

This is a front porch or backyard planter bench.

It’s great because it not only lets you sit down, it also houses plants to the sides.

This makes it both functional and decorative at the same time.

I also like that the stands come with holes for design. That makes it different from your common benches.

Farmhouse Bench

Farmhouse Bench

This is perfect for a beginner project.

It’s simple, yet super functional.

Plus, creating it yourself gives you all the foundation skills for building the larger benches.


It’s easy to take benches for granted.

That’s because they’re so common and everybody’s got them.

But, if you’ve got some free time on your hands, the DIY bench projects above will let you create your own unique designs.

This will surely change the way you look at benches.

Which of the benches do you like most?


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