Building Benches in Your Backyard

Nothing is as relaxing as lounging in the shade with your favourite book and a cool drink. If you are looking to add a bench to your backyard, the good news is that you don’t have to purchase one that’s not exactly what you want. All you need are some power tools and timber in order to make one on your own.

Choose the Location

To start off, you need to decide where to put the backyard bench. The most important aspect in this regard is to place it under a shady spot. This way you’ll be able to enjoy your bench in both summer and winter.

Draw Up a Plan

Once you have chosen the perfect spot for your bench, take measurements and then hit the drawing board. Planning is the most essential step in this project, because you don’t want to waste your time or your resources. A well-thought-out plan will make the process easy and manageable. If you’re not great with conceptualising a plan on paper, you can always find plans on the internet.

Keep It Simple

Unless you have experience in building wooden objects, keep things simple when building a bench. The easiest design to make would be a simple wooden bench with four legs and a contoured or straight back.

Build the Seat

Once you have the design drawn up, it’s time to start putting the pieces together. You should start with the seat, since it is the largest part of your bench. Purchase 10–20 slats and a handful of supporting beams that will take the load of the slats evenly.

Use Beams

For benches longer than one metre, it’s a good idea to have a minimum of five beams in place to distribute the weight evenly. Place double beams on both sides of the bench and one beam at the centre.

Attach the Legs

After the seat is built, attaching the legs is the next step. The four legs should be made of strong material, like thick wood or even metal beams. After picking the right material for the legs, attach them to the bench by using screws and glue. Use a tape measure to check whether the legs are of equal length.

Complete the Bench with a Back

Once the legs have been attached, the final piece left to attach is the back. The back will also require a couple of planks or about five slats (depending on how large your bench is). The easiest way to attach the back is by using beams that are connected to the bench legs.

Test the Bench

Once you have completed the bench-building process, all that’s left to do is place the bench in your backyard and give it a test drive! If you have soft soil in your backyard, it is recommended that you pour some concrete under the legs to keep it locked in place.

You can get all of the supplies listed in this article near the pool supplies section of your hardware store. Once you’ve finished, you can sit back and relax on your comfy new bench.