Tall Bench Seat with Footrest

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Are you looking for a tall viewing bench, like a lifeguard chair, but a bench seat?  So you can see over a tall railing (or in our case, hockey rink boards)?

They are hard to find!  So I built one, and am sharing the free plans with you!

Our hockey rink needed some taller seating so you can see over the boards while watching a game.  I looked and looked for just the right piece - really a lifeguard style chair, but in a bench/bleacher format - but couldn't come up with anything.  Nothing.  

So I decided to build something!

Taking inspiration from time tested wood picnic tables, I came up with this:

tall bar bench lifeguard seat

It is very comfortable, sturdy, and durable.  Since it was easy to make, we could make more to seat more fans right on the glass.  

Other Uses for this Tall Bench

It's hard to believe that everyone doesn't need a hockey game viewing bench (really?) but maybe you don't.  But you might need:

  • Raised view over railing - if you have a gorgeous view, but your railing is in the way, a bench like this could get you the height to see over it
  • Other sports venues where you normally would stand, this bench puts you at a standing height, but with the comfort of sitting
  • Back row - placed against walls or behind table set ups, the tall bench gives you height to see over lower tables, chairs, or benches

This was a pretty easy build - a few angles, but nothing crazy.  It ended up being sturdy and comfortable, the foot rest is crucial to taking the weight off and helping step up to the bench seat.  

Build Video 

Here's the video of me getting it built

The free plans follow, thank you for using our plans!

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Tall Bench Seat with Footrest

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Tall bench, is almost counterheight when finished. Fits two people comfortably.


Shopping List
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
  • 6 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 75 - 2-1/2" long self tapping star bit screws
Cut List

3 - 2x4 @ 45"

3 - 2x4 @ 15"

2 - 2x4 @ 32" - back legs

2 - 2x4 @ 33-1/8" - both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, long point to short point measurement, ends ARE parallel

2 - 2x4 @ 27" - one end cut at 30 degrees off square, long point measurement

1 - 2x4 @ 42"

2 - 2x4 @ 26" - both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, long point to short point measurement, ends ARE parallel

4 - 2x6 @ 48"

Cutting Instructions



Tape Measure
Speed Square
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Build the seat frame with two screws per joint.

Step 2

Attach legs to outside of the bench with screws at a slight angle into legs.

Step 3

Attach back support between the back legs.

Step 4

Turn bench over and attach the side leg supports. 

Make sure the legs are flat to the tabletop.

Step 5

Attach the foot rest support with screws.

Step 6

Attach the back cross supports with screws.

Step 7

Attach seat boards on top and on footrest.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Well sanded with 120 grit sandpaper.
Finish Used
Penetrating stain for exterior use.
Project Type