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Concrete or wood garden bench ideas

Making a garden bench out of concrete or wood provides a place to sit and relax in the garden. But a garden bench can also be a decorative feature, or provide storage. Here are a collection of DIY concrete and wood garden benches that you can make for your own garden.

 

 

This solid concrete garden bench won't cost much to make and you can use powder pigments to tint in various colour options, or apply a coloured concrete stain. You will find instructions for making this concrete bench here.

Precast concrete blocks and PAR pine planks are a quick and easy way to add a garden bench - and it looks good too! You will find 69 x 69mm PAR pine at your local Builders Warehouse, and it's strong enough to make a long bench. Use construction adhesive to glue the blocks together.

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It is important that outdoor timber be treated with an exterior wood preservative, sealer or varnish to protect it from the elements. 

Precast concrete breeze blocks allow you to assemble a garden bench in an hour or two. Top of your bench with a piece of plywood and a piece of upholstered foam and you have a comfortable place to sit and relax, plus a storage compartment for garden accessories.

Using PAR pine might cost more than using cement or pre-cast concrete, but you can design a wood garden bench to almost any shape or style. Incoporate overlapping PAR pine sides with space for potted plants.

For a patio or deck, making a comfortable place to sit rather than have a garden bench. This L-shaped bench is a basic PAR pine frame cladded with laminated pine. The finished bench offers plenty of storage and you can easily make up upholstered foam cushions to make an attractive feature.