I love summer nights, don’t you? When I was younger, summer nights were all about night games, kick the can, and riding my bike around the neighborhood in the dark.
I still love spending summer nights with friends, but they involve a lot more sitting, talking, eating, and less running around. Most of the time, we set anywhere that’s available. We grab a couple of outdoor chairs, a stump, bucket, whatever is lying around. But these outdoor bench tutorials are giving me all the heart eyes to upgrade our outdoor seating. I am excited to make one this summer so I can enjoy those fun nights!
If you love to peruse the West Elm catalog and imagine all of the possibilities if you could actually afford anything on those pages, this bench is for you. IT’s straight off the pages of West Elm, but comes in at less than $20. Yep, that’s right. It’s as simple as making two A-frames, and then a slab on top. It gives the whole patio a beautiful fresh look. Tutorial is here
Want seating AND storage? Of course, you do, that’s why this tutorial is absolute perfection. It combines crate storage with a darling farmhouse bench style. It’s strong, sturdy, and plays double duty. Best of all, it’s easy and cheap. Seriously, does it get any better? Just a few 2×4’s and a box of wood screws. Definitely, a beginner project that it’s perfect for a Saturday afternoon. Your tutorial is here.
No tutorial list is complete without a contribution from Ana White. Her easy to understand plans make some of our most coveted projects a reality. This bench is no exception. It’s beautiful and gigantic. If you’ve got a large space to fill, this might be the bench for you. This bench tutorial is here.
This bench tutorial is just waiting for me to sit down with a ice cold Diet Coke and a plate of brownies. It’s perfect for relaxing on the front porch or deck with friends and family. I love the addition of a table built right into the bench. Now you don’t have to wonder how you’re going to hold your plate or where to put your drink. Just sit down and enjoy.
Got a fire pit? Then you need this curved bench. This is designed to fit a lot of people, and a lot of s’mores supplies. It does both beautifully. Granted, this one does take a little more time and was a little over $100 in supplies, but similar benches easily cost thousands. You could make this with or without the backrest, which would make the projects a little cheaper and faster.
What is on your summer project list this year? If you have other outdoor DIY projects, share your ideas below!