These outdoor planter steps are easy to make and could also work as outdoor benches. Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com
NOTE: Use materials appropriate for exterior use, if on ground, use materials appropriate for ground contact.
6 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long
4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x6 @ 10 feet long
2-3/4" deck screws
BOTTOM STEP (NOTE: For bottom step rise to match top step rise, swap 2x8s in bottom step for 2x6s)
2 - 2x8 @ 96"
5 - 2x8 @ 18"
1 - 2x8 @ 96"
4 - 2x8 @ 18"
2 - 2x8 @ 21"
1 - 2x8 @ 54"
3 - 2x4 @ 7-1/2"
TIE IN TRIM
8 - 2x4 @ 14-1/2" - cut to fit
8 - 2x4 @ 22 -1/2" both ends cut at 45 degrees, long point to long point measurement
4 - 2x6 @ 54"
Build bottom step out of 2x8s screwing together with self tapping deck screws.
I used 2x8s for the bottom steps, but this does make the bottom step 1-1/2" taller than the upper step. Since we are growing grass around our base, I was ok with this difference. If you need your steps to match, you can use 2x6s for the bottom step instead.
Begin top step construction as shown above.
Attach remaining boards to complete top step.
Place top step on bottom step. Adjust for square.
Attach trim and treads to the steps framing.