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

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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 13 DIY Planter Bench Plans

1. The Planter Bench from Construct 101

  • 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 Plans from How to Specialist

  • Difficulty – Medium

The DIY Planter Bench Plan from the How To Specialist is a medium-difficulty plan that requires some complex tools like the pocket hole jig but is otherwise not that difficult to make. You will need lumber, tape measure, drill, and screws to complete this project, but you will only need about $20 in lumber if you already have these objects.

3. The U-Bild Planter Bench Plan from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

  • Difficulty – Medium

The U-Bild Planter Bench from Rockler Woodworking And Hardware is a medium-difficulty project that you can build in a few days. It’s a paid plan, but you can probably figure it out if you’ve built a few of the free ones. It provides you with two benches and three box planting areas for your plants. It’s durable and able to withstand plenty of weight.

4. DIY Planter Bench from My Outdoor Plans

  • Difficulty – Easy

The DIY Planter Bench from My Outdoor Plans is an easy-to-build plan that results in a durable bench that will look great in any patio or yard. It requires about one day to build, and you can do it without any advanced tools.

5. DIY Planter Bench Box from 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.

6. Chick Modern Planter Bench from HGTV

  • Difficulty – Medium

The Chick Modern Planter Bench from HGTV is a medium-difficulty project that looks harder than it is and results in a large, useful bench. The planters in this bench are large enough to larger plants than some we’ve seen earlier.

7. Building a Planter Bench from Black and Decker

  • Difficulty – Easy

Building a Planter Bench from Black and Decker is a fun project that provides you with a seating area that sits about 17 inches above the ground. You can make it any length, but the instructions create an 8-foot bench.

8. Porch Planter Bench from 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.

9. Tree Bench Plan from Etsy

  • Difficulty – Advanced

The Tree Bench Plan from Etsy is another paid plan, but it is fairly inexpensive and results in a round-style planter bench that you can even build around a tree if you want. It requires plenty of lumber and some saws capable of cutting angles, but you can build this planter bench in a few days with plenty of patience. Purchasing the plan will provide you with instant access.

10.  Corner Planter Bench from Pentagon Play

  • 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.

11.  Outdoor Planter Steps or Bench from 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.

12. Foter Planter Benches from Foter

  • Difficulty – Advanced

Foter Planter Benches are extremely advanced and require considerable skill to build but result in a planter bench that is durable, attractive, and comfortable. The large planters are attractive, and the bench has a comfortable back.

13. English Garden Bench from The Energy Library

  • 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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