This is a simple to build, easy rustic DIY seating bench that is perfect for the beginner DIYer or anyone who wishes to add a nice rustic touch to their home decor!
This DIY bench can be used outdoors, in the garden, in your garage, or even as a hallway bench in your home.
What Finish Should You Use for your DIY Seating Bench?
You can use this bench anywhere you’d like and you can put any kind of finish on this bench you wish. You can get creative with painting or staining!
Simply applying a nice wipe on poly will keep the natural wood protected for indoor finished.
You should consider using an exterior finish if you’re going to use the bench in an outdoor environment, like on your porch.
Whichever way you go, this bench is super easy and you only need three boards to build it!
DIY Bench For Mudroom
This bench is a great option for your mudroom. Because it is easy to build and with a nice coat of poly, you’ll have a durable piece of furniture that will last for many years to come.
Because it’s made with 4×4 legs, it will hold up to everyday use in the mudroom.
Whether it’s kicking off your boots in the winter, or putting on your Sunday dress shoes, this DIY seating bench will do the trick!
Rustic DIY Seating Bench
Now that you know what you’ll need for materials and tools, let’s get busy building a seating bench for your home!
Make your cuts:
- Legs: cut 4×4 into four 17 inch legs
- Aprons: cut 2×4 into two 6 inch pieces and two 55 inch pieces.
- Seat: cut 2x8s into two 50 inch pieces and two 14″ pieces
Make sure to sand all the leg and apron pieces with your orbital sander.
The Bench Frame
First, on the 6 inch pieces of 2×4, using the Kreg Jig, drill two holes facing opposite directions, one on each end. See photo for positioning.
Next, attach these aprons to your bench legs using pocket hole screws. Repeat for the remaining two legs.
When installing these aprons, line up the 2×4 so it’s centered on the 4×4 (aprox. 1 inch from the edge).
Then, using the Kreg Jig, drill two holes on each end of your 55 inch apron boards, for a total of 4 pocket holes in each apron.
You’ll want to line up the long aprons along the outside edge of the 4x4s and attach to the leg frames made in the previous step using pocket hole screws.
Like above, attach so the pocket holes are on the inside when building the frame.
The next step, attach the longer aprons to the end leg pieces using pocket hole screws. See photo for how our rustic bench frame should look at this stage.
Creating The DIY Bench Seat
First, on your 50 inch 2×8 boards, you will drill 5 pocket holes with your Kreg Jig at about 8 inches apart on one side of the seating board and 5 pocket holes staggered on the other seating board. See the photo for reference.
Then, connect the boards with pocket hole screws.
Pro tip: Use a flat surface or table while connecting bench boards to assure the seat is level and comfortable!
After you have connected both of the long bench boards together, use your Kreg Jig to drill 2 holes in each of the smaller 2×8 pieces. All 4 holes go on one side as shown in the photo.
The last step for the bench seat is to attach the smaller boards to the end of the already attached longer boards, one on each end, using pocket hole screws.
Your bench seat should be completely assembled at this point. Next, we’ll attach the seat to the frame.
Attach Rustic DIY Bench Seat to Frame
Unlike me, you can plan ahead and drill 6 pocket holes through each long apron, towards the top of the bench, or you can wait until this step and do it on the fly.
Yes, sometimes I do things a little backward when I’m creating stuff off-the-cuff.
First, drill the holes with the frame upside down so the screws are able to attach the bench to the top of the frame. Make sure to space the pocket holes about 8 inches apart. Then, use pocket hole screws to attach the frame to the bench seat as seen in the photo below.
Rustic DIY Seating Bench – Reader Submission
I’ve had a lot of comments and messages about this bench and so happy that so many of you love it.
One reader, Andrew and his 10-year-old son made this bench using mostly scrap wood.
However, they used pressure treated lumber for the legs and pine for the rest. But it all looks great!
Applying an exterior oil-based paint to the legs and apron and finishing it off with stain and varnish for the bench seat.
Beautiful work, well done!
Where will you use this DIY bench?
- Kreg Jig
- Miter Saw
- RYOBI Cordless Drill (brand optional) but I LOVE my RYOBI!
- Orbital Sander
- 1 8ft 4×4
- 1 12ft 2×8
- 1 12ft 2×4
- 2 ½ inch Kreg Pocket Hole Screws
- Wipe on poly for interior use or choose an outdoor wood finish
- Begin by cutting your 4×4 into 17 inch legs. You will need 4 pieces of wood at this length, total.
- Sand all 4 legs thoroughly.
- Next, you will need to cut the aprons (shown in photo). These are made from the 2x4s. You will need two pieces at 55 inches each and two pieces at 6 inches each. Sanding is optional for the aprons.
- On the 6 inch pieces of 2×4, using the kreg jig, drill two holes facing opposite directions, one on each end. See photo for positioning.
- Attach your legs by using these holes. Repeat the same thing for the other two legs.
- Now, using the kreg jig and your longer apron pieces, drill two holes on each end of your boards in the same position as you did for the smaller pieces. You will just have two more holes than the smaller pieces.
- Now, attach the longer aprons to the four legs to make the bottom portion of the bench come together. See photo for how it should look at this point.
- Next, you will need to cut two pieces from your 2×8 piece of wood that are 50 inches each in length.
- Now cut two pieces from the 2×8 that are 14 ½ inches in length each.
- You will place 4-5 kreg jig holes about 8 inches apart on one side of both boards. Make sure and stagger your holes just enough that they will not collide when connecting your two boards. See photo if there is any confusion.
- After you have connected both of the long pieces, use your kreg jig to drill 4 holes total on the bottom of the smaller 2×8 pieces. All 4 holes go on one side as shown in photo.
- Attach the smaller boards to the end of the already attached longer boards, one on each end.
- Now your top should be finished so it’s time to attach the top to the frame.
- Drill 6 kreg jig holes through each long apron. This is done easiest when the frame is upside-down. Space them about 8 inches apart and use these to attach your top. Use the photo for positioning if there is any confusion.
- Voila, you have yourself an easy bench! You can easily stain it or add shellac to pull out the wood patterns. Make sure to give it a good sanding if need be.
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