There are plenty of DIY projects that will be both decorative and functional around your house. One of our favorites is a DIY bench, which is always a great way to provide a functional and decorative accent both inside and out. Benches are appropriate both, indoors and outdoors, and can be used for storage, for decoration, or simply to sit on and reflect.
A DIY bench can follow many styles and types, from casual farmhouse or rustic, to a more modern decorative look. The tutorials below will give you ideas for a wide range of DIY benches, most of which are both easy to make and affordable. (Want to buy one instead? Here are our best benches of all types.)
The Farmhouse Bench
If you’re looking for a simple and iconic bench for indoors or outdoors the Farmhouse Bench is the perfect answer. This tutorial will teach you how to easily make a Farmhouse Bench that will look amazingly cute and will fit perfectly into many spaces in and around your home.
Amazingly Simple DIY Bench
Here’s a bench that’s so simple to make that you can do it while your toddler naps. It also helps to create a neat and tidy space for storage underneath. Have a look at the tutorial and you’ll soon see how easy and simple it can be to create your own DIY bench at home.
DIY Upholstered X Bench
For an extra cute and comfortable bench simply add upholstery. Not only will this upholstered X bench serve as a comfortable resting place, the addition of upholstery means you can customize the pattern and colors for any space in your home. This X bench makes a great accent piece in any room.
DIY Farmhouse Bench
One simple to make, and always welcome addition to your home, is the country styled Farmhouse Bench. This DIY project will teach you how to make this classically country styled Farmhouse bench with a minimum amount of fuss and labor. Plus it’s an amazingly affordable way to add some country flair.
DIY Rustic Bench
This trendy Rustic bench sports an “X” style, provides extra storage, and looks extra special with the addition of woven fiber baskets. The tutorial for making this trendy X Rustic bench is dead simple, and says that the materials cost less than $30! You really can’t do better in terms of affordability and style.
DIY Kitchen Benches
If you entertain a lot or have a big family you need to check out these rustic Kitchen Benches. Not only do they look fantastic, they also provide plenty of seating space without taking up loads of room. Just follow the link to the tutorial and you’ll soon be enjoying your very own Kitchen Benches.
DIY Woven Bench
For a unique conversation piece you should try this DIY Woven Bench. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make, and your guests will be impressed by your sense of style and creativity when they get their first look at your unique Woven Bench.
Modern Kilim Rug Bench
To make a real statement and brighten up any room this Modern Kilim Rug Bench is just the thing. If you’re looking for an bright and colorful accent piece that doubles as a useful piece of furniture in your home, then look no further than this Kilim Rug Bench.
Inexpensive Fabric Bench
Brightly colored and patterned Fabric Benches seem to be all the rage these days, but they can be so expensive to buy or make. That’s not the case with this DIY Inexpensive Fabric Bench, which can be made for as little as $10 according to the tutorial.
From a cozy reading nook inside your home, to a special place on the porch or patio for relaxing, this Corner Bench is a hands down winner. The addition of a built-in table makes for the perfect place to rest your drinks, a book, or to display some lovely spring or summer flowers.
Here’s an End-of-Bed Bench that will serve to pull your master bedroom together, while serving as a focal point for the room. It will also help take up that empty space at the end of your bed, giving the bedroom a more complete look. Have a look at the tutorial to see what I mean.
This bench is beautiful, stately, and functional. It takes an old headboard and turns it into a stately bench that also has a built in storage space. And since you can use pretty much any old headboard you can make it as simple or ornate as you like, and it’s inexpensive as well.
This cute Outdoor Bench sports a double X pattern to make it stand out. It can be perfect outdoors to provide a focal point, but is equally at home indoors where it can be used to fill an empty space. Best of all it is very affordable and easy to make as the tutorial will show.
Another Farmhouse Bench
The Farmhouse Bench is becoming increasingly popular both indoors and outdoors and the benches shown in this tutorial become even more impressive when paired with a farmhouse table. You might think you aren’t ready to DIY the table, but these benches are simply a smaller version of one, so once you make the bench, the farmhouse table will be a breeze as well.
Discarded pallets are easy to find, making this Pallet Bench very affordable. It is also quite distinctive, with a herring bone pattern, although other patterns are possible. With a few discard pallets, some 2×4’s and a few tools you too can have one of these unique Pallet Benches.
If your idea of comfort revolves around things that are soft, warm and furry then you’ll absolutely love the plans for this Furry Bench. It seems great for when the weather turns colder, and would go great for animal lovers or simply those who appreciate the furrier things in life.
Easy DIY Bench
If you just need a simple, functional bench look no further. Here’s an easy DIY Bench that anyone can make. It’s perfect for filling in empty spaces, and would go great in a child’s room as it is not quite as tall as some other benches.
5 Board Bench
Here’s a nice little bench project that meets two critically important benchmarks: It’s easy for you to build one and it looks like you didn’t DIY. Very professional and understated little bench that appears to be something you’d find in a high-end shop.
Easy Wooden Bench Project
You can make this sturdy, familiar bench out of very ordinary materials, even things you have lying around or can find in scrap heaps. That makes it a very earth-friendly option for those who are into repurposing old materials.
West Elm Bench Knockoff
A great example of how much markup is found on even the simplest of mass-produced items. You can buy this bench in the West Elm catalog for a mere $699 or you can make one yourself for practically a song and have it finished in the color that will really complement your current décor.
Farmhouse Bench with Weathered Gray Finish
How about building a great antique-looking creation that is sturdy enough to carry any sort of load but looks like it came out of Amish country? You can do it easily with this project and you’ll learn a lot about antiquing finishes to boot.
Plumbers Pipe Bench
Of course, benches are made out of other materials than just wood. This simple little plumber’s pipe bench is a great way to get involved in the art of bench making without needing a lot of woodworking skills or tools.
When you’re ready to try a DIY bench project that incorporates some comfy cushioning on top, this is the one you’ll want to do. Simply beautiful, so practical, and you’d never guess it wasn’t professionally built.
Transform Your Pockmarked Ikea Bench
Now here’s a great way to build benches without having to actually, you know, build one. Why not update a perfectly functional, yet plain, item you already own and turn it into something utterly you and totally unique?
Mid Century Modern Bench
One of the best ways to beat the high cost of retro furniture is to do your own retro-ing. This fabulous fifties Mid Century Modern bench is such a perfect match for the era and it will make all of your other period pieces look even better. It is, however, more about upholstery than it is about bench-making.
Finally, someone who understands that mistakes can happen and provides careful coaching on how to avoid making them yourself. Oh, and it’s a great little X-legged bench project that you’re going to love as well.
Speaking of benches from the Atomic Age, this little jewel is not only a perfect ringer for something out of that era but the materials only cost about as much as you’d spend in 1963. If that isn’t good enough, it also is a very quick and easy project to create.
Brushstroke Upholstered Bench
Looking for something a little more avant garde and creative than your classic wood bench? Why not try out this daring departure that features some charmingly bold artwork on the fabric? There really isn’t a wrong way to do this sort of impressionistic designing so give it a shot.
The great thing about hairpin legs on benches is that they are so easy to install and look so great. Plus, of course, you can paint them to match practically anything. Add in a fabulous repurposed kilim rung on top and you’ve got a sure winner on your hands.
Many spaces, particularly in older homes, are best suited for very natural-looking accessories. This woven topped jute bench is simply perfect for those instances where glass and chrome are not going to cut it.
DIY Bench Tutorial
One of the greatest advantages of DIY furniture is that you can adjust the dimensions of the piece to perfectly suit your own specific requirements. Unlike factory items, which tend to come in standardized sizes, you can produce the perfect fit for your own imperfect spaces.
Modern Upholstered Bench Out of a Goodwill Dud
Who needs old junky coffee tables? Anyone who wants to make fabulously stylish new benches for their homes. The best part is that virtually all of the woodworking is already done for you. Just add style and away you go.
Rustic Hairpin Bench
Some of the best and most simple DIY bench ideas come from people who are not typically involved in such things. Here is a nice and extremely easy project that looks great.
Upholstered Bedside Bench
The thing about benches is that so much of the project is built around the legs that go underneath that big slab of wood which otherwise comprises the unit. So check out this variation on the very popular Mid Century Modern theme.
Numbered Pallet Bench
Looking for an idea that is whimsical and just plain fun? This is definitely the one for you. Oh, and fun also means easy to do, doesn’t it? Sure does.
Who doesn’t love the idea of a DIY pallet project? Costs are low, creativity is the prime ingredient, and you end up with something that nobody else will ever be able to match if they tried for a thousand years.
People seldom realize the value of really good directions until they stumble across a project that features them. For those who are just starting out on DIY bench building, this is the perfect place to start your quest.
Nelson Platform Bench
For those who are better endowed with woodworking skills and equipment, this is a really great project that will produce a truly amazing replica of a modern classic piece that has apparently never gone out of production since its introduction in the 1940s.
Some DIYers love the slatwood look but lack the expertise to tackle a Nelson Bench knockoff, this is a great compromise that is much easier to construct and still retains much of its panache.
Rustic Modern Bench
When it comes to turning old items into new ones, it is good to keep in mind that the old items and the new items do not have to belong to the same exact species of thing. Here, a couple of castoff dorm stools are turned into a classy, yet easy to make, bench.