Simple Outdoor Dining Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 04/23/2020 - 20:27
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Build your own dining bench - matches the Simple Modern Outdoor Table

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This easy to build DIY bench can be used alone, or pair with our matching modern outdoor dining table

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This plan has been updated.  The original plans are available here.

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Dimensions shown in diagram


Shopping List

Shopping List is Per 1 Bench

  • 2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 20 - 2-1/2" long exterior screws (look for the star bit ones)
  • 50 - 1-1/2" long exterior screws (look for the star bit ones)
Cut List
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 12-7/8" - Frame ends
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 44-1/2" - Frame sides
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 17-1/4" - Legs
  • 12 - 1x4 @ 15-7/8" - Bench Slats

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection


Step 1

Build the basic frame for the bench with the longer screws.  The cut list is correct with the ends at 12-7/8".

Adjust the frame for square by taking opposite diagonal measurements and making sure the two opposite diagonals match.  

Step 2

Screw the legs to the frame with the longer screws.  

Step 3

Lay the slats out on top with a 1/2" gap in between.

Screw down with the shorter screws.


ashley.zel (not verified)

Mon, 08/23/2010 - 07:42

My husband and I (mostly my husband) just finished building two of these benches. Love them. But we couldn't find treated 1x3's and we live in an area where there are estimated to be 6 swarms of termites per acre. We've found two swarms on our little bit of land in the last year (luckily not on our home! Keep your termite bonds up to date!) so we had no desire to put wood outside that wasn't pre treated (just in case we missed a spot sealing it).

All of that said...using only 1x4's we had no problems.

Great plan and easy to understand. Can't wait to build our next project.

Thank you!

Jasmine (not verified)

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 12:56

Hi Ana, I have been wanting something like this for our outdoor patio for a while now, so we are going to have a go at building two of these benches.
Thanks for the plans, lots of inspiration here.


Sun, 04/17/2011 - 04:44

Hi All,

I am SO excited to get started on this patio set. I have a question about the legs. Some pictures show 2 pieces of wood for each leg that make a corner, but the plans show just 1 piece. Is there a reason? Is just 1 price for each leg not as sturdy? We are a fairly stocky family and I want to make sure the bench will hold up. 


Tue, 04/26/2011 - 19:46

After looking at outdoor furniture to replace our old set and getting sticker shock. I am so happy this site shows us how to make great looking stuff! Now to get started on this and the table....then BBQ time!

angie b (not verified)

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 21:02

hi, Im new here...what type of paint and how many coats? first project..this site is unbelievable cool!

In reply to by angie b (not verified)


Wed, 05/25/2011 - 08:34

For this you probably want some variety of outdoor deck stain or paint. The number of coats will depend on how dark you want it and manufacturer recommendations.

angie b (not verified)

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 22:44

the slats are screwed from underneath right? i'm building it right now and don't see the screws on the top of the bench

gka (not verified)

Tue, 07/05/2011 - 21:59

Love this site! Quick question... do you feel the 1x4 legs offer enough weight support if the people sitting down are larger? I was thinking about either lengthening the frame to accommodate 2x4 legs or even a 4x4 with a square notched out for the frame to sit in. I also wonder about the 2x2 on the stackable chairs. I just don't know enough about weight loads and wouldn't want it to break on anyone.

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