Build a Planter Bench For Your Garden

No garden is complete without a bench. After all, when you’ve had your fill of digging around your garden and tending to your flowerbeds, you’ll want a place to sit down, relax, and admire your handiwork, right?

This project allows you to do both quite easily. Between potting begonias, growing vegetables, and pulling out weeds, you’ve worked hard on your backyard garden. Now, to fully enjoy the fruits of your labor, you need a special outdoor spot to kick back, relax, and enjoy your garden.

Planter benches are more than just seating areas. They are also excellent solutions to introducing greenery. These benches enhance the aesthetic appeal of a certain space – like your backyard, or front lawn. Plus, they’re very easy to maintain.

If you have an outdoor area that feels neglected, spruce it up with a planter bench. You can entertain friends or use it when you need some alone time.

Build your own planter bench so you can customize it any way you want!
Build your own planter bench so you can customize it any way you want!

A ready-made planter bench will set you back around $70. This is just for a small, basic planter. But why spend that much when you can make one yourself? You’ll have the freedom to choose the material, size, color, and other design aspects of the planter.

We found a great tutorial for a do-it-yourself bench planter. The instructions are pretty detailed so you won’t have a hard time following. It’ll take time and effort but you’ll be pleased with the results.


  • cedar 2×4s. Get twenty 8-foot boards to make the 16 1/2-inch planter pieces and the 82 1/2-inch-long seat frame.
  • cedar 1 1/4×6s. Get four 6-foot boards to make the 63-inch-long seat, and one 8-foot board to trim the tall planter.
  • 3/4-inch gravel, for drainage below the planters and to fill the assembled planters. Get at least 1 1/2 cubic feet (three bags).
  • 4 32-quart bags, potting soil, to top off the planters filled with gravel
  • 4 tubes construction adhesive
  • 3-inch stainless-steel deck screws
  • 2-inch stainless-steel deck screws
  • 3-inch galvanized siding nails
  • 8 pcs 12-inch galvanized spikes


  • 4-foot level
  • miter saw
  • circular saw
  • jigsaw
  • Speed Square
  • drill/driver fitted with a 3/8-inch paddle bit
  • garden spade
  • hammer
  • hand tamper
  • caulk gun

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Thanks to This Old House for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here



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