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10 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 10 DIY Planter Bench Plans

1. The Planter Bench by Construct 101

DIY planter bench
Image By: Construct101

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 by Shanty-2-Chic

DIY Planter Box Bench
Image By: Shanty 2 Chic
Tools: Craig jigs, Chain Saw and Steel Measurement
Supplies:  Wood Glue

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 by 100 Things 2 Do

DIY porch planter bench
Image By: 100 Things 2 Do
Supplies:  Cedar Board, Pocket Screws, Deck Screws, Outdoor Hinges

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 by Pentagon Play

DIY corner planter bench
Image By: Pentagon

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 by Ana White

DIY outdoor planter steps
Image Credit: Ana White
Tools: Tape measure, speed square, pencil, safety glasses, ear protection, drill, Circular Saw
Supplies:  Screw, Wood, Paint, Brush

The Outdoor Planter Steps or Bench from Ana White is multifunctional and, 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 by The Energy Library

DIY english garden bench
Image Credit: Home Design Ideas

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.

7. DIY Planter Bench by My Outdoor Plans

DIY Planter Bench by My Outdoor Plans
Image Credit: My Outdoor Plans
Tools: Hammer, Tape Measure, Framing Square, Level, Milter Saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander, Pole hole Digger, Concrete Mixer, Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses
Supplies:  Lumber, Screws, Wood Filler, Wood Glue, Stain and Paint

Do you want to show off your green thumb and woodworking skills in one breath? Here is the perfect project for you. This planter bench plan by My Outdoor Plans is incredibly easy to make using the detailed instructions listed here. Make sure you use stain to protect the wood from weather elements and decay.

8. DIY Cedar Bench with Planters by Britney Stager

DIY Cedar Bench with Planters by Britney Stager
Image Credit: Britney Stager
Tools: Steel Measurement and Wood Cutter
Supplies:  15 Cedar 2×4’s (8ft long), 6 Cedar 1×6’s (8ft long), Gorilla Glue, Duragrip 8×2-1/2 Cedar Deck Screws, Duragrip 8×3 Cedar Deck Screws, 4 bags of Alexandria Moulding Hardwood 3/8 Birch Head Plugs, 1 package Norton MultiSand 9 inch x11 inch Sanding Sheets Fine-150 grit, Elmer’s Tinted Wood Filler Natural Tube, Varathane Diamond Wood Finish – Outdoor (Water, Satin), Paint Brush, 2 8inch diameter clay pots, Ferns (or plants of your choice), Potting soil, 3 decorative pillows

Next is a DIY bench planter design that can add a dramatic flair to your yard. If you want to create an outdoor sanctuary where you can rest and enjoy nature, this project would be perfect for your home. Click here for detailed steps to better the odds of your planter bench coming out perfectly.

9. Planter Box Bench Seat by Pinspired to DIY

Planter Box Bench Seat by Pinspired to DIY
Image Credit: Pinspired to DIY
Tools: Drill, Jigsaw,
Supplies:  redwood board, Nail, Trellis

Building this unique planter box bench seat is one of the most rewarding projects you can tackle this year. Your labor of love will afford you a stunning addition to your home that will last for decades. Pinspired to DIY has offered easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step pictures to make your work a breeze.

10. DIY Planter Bench by The Owner Builder Network

DIY Planter Bench by The Owner Builder Network
Image Credit: The Owner Builder Network
Tools: 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
Supplies:  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, of potting soil, to top off the planters filled with gravel, 4 tubes of 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

The Owner Builder Network has numerous fantastic DIY projects for beginners and avid woodworkers. Although this is not the easiest or cheapest project on our list, it’s perfect for folks wanting to give their outdoors a facelift and display more of their leafy friends. If you are up for the challenge, here is a detailed guide with a complete list of the necessary tools and materials.

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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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