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6 DIY Planter Bench Plans You Can Build Today (With Pictures)

a planter bench

The planter bench is an attractive and useful way to spruce up your yard. You can often purchase them from your local furniture store, but they can often be quite expensive since they are so large. Luckily, if you have some basic woodworking skills and spare time, you can build one without much effort or expensive supplies. If you want to try your hand at a DIY planter bench, you’ve come to the right place. We will list all of the plans we can find to help give you some ideas and get you started building something great.

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The Top 6 DIY Planter Bench Plans

1. The Planter Bench from Construct 101

DIY planter bench
Image Credit: Construct101
  • Difficulty – Medium

The Planter Bench from Construct 101 is a great example of what you can build if you have spare wood and a saw. While this bench looks complex, it doesn’t require much in the way of skill or materials. Wood, stain, glue, and polyurethane, along with a saw, hammer, and a few other minor tools, is all that you will need.

2. DIY Planter Bench Box from Shanty-2-Chic

DIY Planter Box Bench
Image Credit: Shanty 2 Chic
  • Difficulty – Advanced

The DIY Planter Bench from Shanty-2-Chic is a great project resulting in an attractive planter bench. This free plan comes with easy-to-follow instructions, and every detail has a clear explanation. It requires lumber, clamps, glue, screwdrivers, and more, and most people complete it in a few days.

3. Porch Planter Bench from 100 Things 2 Do

DIY porch planter bench
Image Credit: 100 Things 2 Do
  • Difficulty – Medium

The Porch Planter Bench from 100 Things 2 Do is a fun plan that leaves you with a large toy box-style storage area below the seat. It’s not difficult to build and only requires lumber, screws, hinges, lid supports, and a few more items. Production time should only take a few days and results in a durable planter bench.

4.  Corner Planter Bench from Pentagon Play

DIY corner planter bench
Image Credit: Pentagon
  • Difficulty – Medium

The Corner Planter Bench compresses the plan to produce a planter bench that sacrifices some sitting room for more planting area. This bench is not that difficult to create and doesn’t need too many items besides lumber and glue.

5.  Outdoor Planter Steps or Bench from Ana White

DIY outdoor planter steps
Image Credit: Ana White
  • Difficulty – Medium

The Outdoor Planter Steps or Bench from Ana White is multifunctional that, as the name suggests, leaves you with both a small set of stairs and a bench.  It also provides you with two large planting areas for your favorite plants.

6. English Garden Bench from The Energy Library

DIY english garden bench
Image Credit: Home Design Ideas
  • Difficulty – Advanced

The English Garden Bench from The Energy Library is another advanced plan that results in an attractive bench. It has large planters on either side for your garden and ventilation for additional comfort.

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As you can see, there are quite a few plans available that you can use to build or to get inspiration. Most of the projects on this list are fairly similar. Only a few deviate from the standard design, so you can start simple and tackle more complex tasks later without producing low-quality benches initially.

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