Need Extra Outdoor Seating? Create Your Own Backyard Bench!

There is no doubt that if you have a great backyard, you want to share it with as many people as possible. However, there are times when you might not have as much seating as you would like or need. What's more is that you may not think you have room for yet another piece of outdoor furniture. But this guide explains how to make an outdoor bench that you can take apart and store away when not in use.

Step 1: Collect Your Materials

You'll need some tools and supplies to get started, but don't worry, this bench won't cost you an arm and a leg. Here is the list of what you'll need.

  • 12 cinderblocks
  • 4 six-foot 2x2 pieces of wood
  • wood stain
  • cement paint
  • 2 medium paintbrushes
  • weatherproof cushions

Step 2: Paint the Cinderblocks

Grab one of the paintbrushes and paint all visible parts of the cinderblocks in your desired color. Make sure that you paint inside the holes as well. Give them some time to dry while you're working on the next step.

Step 3: Stain the Wood

Pick up the other paintbrush and apply the wood stain to the 2x2 pieces of wood. Wait for the stain to dry before moving on.

Step 4: Arrange the Blocks

Choose the area that needs extra seating and begin the process of building your bench. The area should be flat so the bench doesn't rock back and forth when someone sits on it.

Stand four of the blocks on end, next to each other. Make sure that the blocks are touching and that the holes are facing out.

Lay two block on top of the standing blocks with the holes facing out.

Repeat this step for the other side of the bench.

Step 5: Insert the Wood

Insert the wood blocks into the holes on the two blocks on top. There should be an inch or so of wood sticking out from the blocks on the ends of the bench.

You may need to adjust the width of the bench to ensure the 2x2s are sticking out of the blocks just a little.

Step 6: Attach the Cushion

Set the cushion/s on top of the wood pieces and your bench is complete.

Set the bench against an exterior wall if necessary to ensure a safer setup. It won't rock back when someone sits on it. When your party or BBQ is over, simply remove the cushions and wood pieces and take them, along with the blocks, to the designated storage area. You can also check with a landscaping company like Budget Landscaping for more seating ideas.