Building Plans for Deck Benches

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Decks make a pleasant area to sit throughout the warm months of the year, as well as a place to entertain company. In order to entertain guests, you will need versatile seating. You can install benches on your deck to add extra seating in addition to your patio table and chairs. Instead of purchasing your own, you can build a deck bench yourself. By making your own, you will be able to create a bench to suit your needs. This bench deck plan calls for a 36-inch bench, but you can adjust the dimensions to your individual space and seating requirements.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • 2 deck post mounts, with screws
  • Screw gun
  • 2 posts, 4 inches by 4 inches, 18 inches long
  • Board, 2 inches by 12 inches, 36 inches long
  • 4 L-brackets
  • Box, coated deck screws
  • Eye protection
  • Select a spot to install the deck bench. Measure a 36-inch span across the selected area, using a tape measure. Mark the end points of the measurement with a pencil.

  • Place one deck post mount on the deck surface at each pencil mark. Position them so that the outside edge of the mounts are against the pencil marks. The mounts should be parallel to each other.

  • Drive the screws included with the deck mounts into the decking boards at each mounting hole, using a screw gun.

  • Slide one end of each post into a post mount. Drive deck screws through the mounts into the posts at each mounting hole.

  • Center the 1-inch by 12-inch by 36-inch board across the posts. Drive four evenly spaced deck screws through the top surface of the board into the ends of the posts. Center an L-bracket underneath the seat at each joint with the posts. Drive the included screws that came with the brackets through the mounting holes and into the posts and board, respectively.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make several benches for your deck area in a circle to create a social area in one side of the deck.
  • Paint or stain the deck benches to coordinate with your deck.
  • Wear eye protection.

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