building-an-outdoor-bench-like-a-professionalAn outdoor bench is As summer approaches, many interesting backyard gardening ideas would pop up in our heads! Well, gardening becomes enticing, colorful and challenging during the warm season. According to experts, most homeowners tend to think of building an outdoor bench during summer. This is a simple do it yourself activity that requires some time, thought and effort. To be specific, building an outdoor bench can be treated as a weekend project that would add more panache to your garden. So, how to build an outdoor bench? Is this question breaking your head? If yes, consider yourself as lucky! Since, this article revolves around ten easy steps that will help you build an outdoor bench in no time. So, good luck and have a great summer with your outdoor bench plans.

Top 10 Steps to Building an Outdoor Bench

These steps are pretty easy and straight forward. Building an outdoor bench is actually pretty easy, even if this is your very first building project. Just read along and these steps should help get you through your building project in now time!

Step #1 – Find the Right Materials

First of all, you should get hold of certain items. Prepare a material list before you start anything. This will save you from unexpected breaks during the building process. Generally, you will need galvanized finishing nails, joist hangers, sand paper, clear wood sealers, plenty of screws, deck fastening brackets, carriage bolts, washers, nuts and a box of deck screws. Likewise, the mechanical part of building will require tape measures, a circular saw, hammer, table saw, drill, small pump sprayer, framing square and socket wrench set.

Step #2 – The Sides

Always begin construction with the “Sides”. This is the very first area of focus. Four important stages should be followed while building the sides of your outdoor bench. You should identify the sides, cut the sides, frame the side lattice panels and position them accurately. So, to begin with the sides, you must cut woods of 4×4 lengths into two separate pairs of lengths 84”. These pairs can be used for the left and right sides.

Step #3 – The Grooves

Now, the quarter inch grooves should be marked and cut carefully. Use a circular saw, while cutting the grooves. As mentioned, the grooves must be cut on marked positions, namely the 6”, 7.5”,70” and 72.5” levels. Once you determine the actual width of your outdoor bench, you should a ½ inches to them! The ½ inch would compensate the portion you removed while cutting the grooves. And, now you must cut four similar 2×4” pieces for the side lattice panels. These pieces would work as the cross panels between the bench’s posts. They will make the bench strong and pretty! Finally, the side posts should be turned carefully so that the grooves face each other. And, the cross pieces should be securely screwed in its predestined position.

Step #4 – The Seat

Next, you should focus on the seat. As the outer structure gets framed properly, you should assemble a comfortable seat for your bench. This is deemed as a tacky process by even experts. To begin with, you must cut the 2×4” pieces into three dimensions of 24” lengths. The pieces should be identical and spaced out evenly. These pieces should be spaced between three other 2×4” pieces that are 5” in size. The frame might look like a ladder. Consequently, screw the structure together using joist hangers and nails.

Step #5 – The Crosspiece

The next step will determine the overall strength and durability of your outdoor bench. This involves the process of adding deck fastening brackets to the outdoor bench plan. Above each crosspiece, you should add the deck fastening brackets. Don’t miss even a single cross point! This will affect the overall strength of your bench.

Step #6 – The Attachments

Now, 5” lengths should be cut from the 2×4 pieces. These pieces must be spaced evenly on the frame and screwed in carefully. Moving on, you should attach the bench to the side panels. In simpler words, the bench should be attached to the posts. Mark the position at which the bench should be placed. A comfortable height would be 20” to 25”. However, you can choose the height at which the seat should be placed!
As you position the seat on the bench post, you should screw it securely. Alas, now you will see a bench with four upright posts, a seat and two side panels.

Step #7 – The Backrest

The next step deals with the backrest. An architect once said, “A bench without a backrest is like a man without a backbone”. Well, the summer outdoor bench will be safe, beautiful and secure when it has a strong backrest. To build the backrest, you must measure the actual length between the two back-posts. Based on this length, you should cut 3, 2×6” pieces. At a sensible point (maybe 6”) above the seat, these pieces should be screwed. Remember that the backboards must be positioned in equal distances as you move up the post! Back posts that are placed unevenly will ruin your bench’s ultimate look! So, be careful with the positioning of the back post.

Step #8 – The Side Lattices

Now it’s time to ponder over side latticing. By this stance, almost two thirds of your bench will be constructed. Consequently, the lattice panels can be attached to the bench’s sides. Just like the back post, the bench panels must be placed at identical positions. For instance, you can attach 1×1 mounts on both sides using nails. Well, the 1×1 mounts can be placed vertically between the fixed cross pieces. Side latticing is up to your wish and needs. Based on how you want the outdoor bench to look and feel, the side lattices should be placed.

Step #9 – The trellis

Last but certainly not least, you should get the trellis right! The trellis can be made of 7” lengths from 2×6” pieces. These pieces should be centered on the back posts using nuts, carriage bolts and washers. The pieces can be fixed on the front posts too!

Step #10 – The Final Look

To give your outdoor bench a final finishing look, you should sand the wooden surfaces and apply coats of paint! If you want to retain the wood’s natural look, you must opt for a clear sealer. As the paint layer dries, sit on your bench and enjoy your summer!