Free plans to DIY a kids arbor bench!
2 – 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x4 @ 10 feet long
4 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 ¼” galvanized screws
2” galvanized screws
3” galvanized screws (just need a couple)
4 – 2x2 @ 48” (Legs)
6 – 1x2 @ 16” (Side trellis rails)
4 – 1x4 @ 52” (seat supports and top)
12 – 1x6 @ 16” (seat and backrest)*
12 – 1x3 @ 24” (Flower pot base) (top trellis)
1 – 1x3 @ 36” (Seat back support)
1 – 2x2 @ 33” (seat back base)
1 – 1x2 @ 33” (seat back top)
*for the 1x6 @ 8 feet long, cut 5 – 16” long and then the remaining will be approximately 15 ½” long. Leave this shorter piece for the ends of the seat back that are slightly shorter to conserve boards.
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Attach with 2” screws and glue. Check for square.
Build seat, then attach legs. Note - seat can be attached higher for older children as well.
These are for the flower pots. You can space as you like.
Make sure the distance between the 2x2 is the same at the top as at the seat. Screw on with 2” screws and glue.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.