If you build your own garden bench, you will not only be saving money, you will be building a priceless family heirloom. But in order to build the best bench possible, you will need to have a plan. There are many easy, simple garden bench plans available for free; just take a little time to go through them all and decide on which one is right for you.
Simple Backless Bench
Building a bench with no back and no arms is the simplest plan. These types of benches can be as long as you want them and can be made from a variety of different woods such as teak, redwood, cedar and pressure treated. Bench plans can be found for free from a variety of online resources. Visit BlackandDecker.com (see link in Resources) for a look at a simple garden bench with no back and the plans to build it.
Simple Bench with Storage
Benches that have storage are especially useful in gardens since you can use the storage space for garden tools and equipment, such as hoses, sprinklers, pruning shears, gloves and fertilizer. This type of bench can be just as simple to build as the first, though it will take more time. To see the plans to build this bench, which can use teak, redwood, cedar or pressure-treated woods, visit au.lifestyle.yahoo.com (see link in Resources).
Garden Bench with Back and Arms
A garden bench that holds no other purpose than to sit and enjoy the roses, also known as a lounge bench, can be built with just a little time and effort. This type of bench offers more comfort than functionality. It has a high back and arm rests at each end. However, it can be altered to be a storage bench and a lounging bench all in one. For plans to build the a bench with a back and arm rests, visit shawcreekgeneralstore.com (see link in Resources). For added comfort to your bench once it is built, have a seat cushion made using outdoor fabric.