I love building my own furniture, you guys know that by now (you can see all the things I’ve built here). I’m honestly not a “fine wood” type of girl. I really just prefer building with regular old 2×4’s, and turning them into beautiful pieces of furniture, like this 2×4 farmhouse bench.
The original plans came from Ana White, but I modified her plans a little bit to fit my space. I lengthened the seat to 76 inches long, so it fits better in my entryway, and on the side of my dining table. Oh, and did I mention this 2×4 farmhouse bench cost less than $20 in lumber? Yeah, that’s pretty awesome!
I love the way this bench fits in my entryway, and how it looks with my simple board and batten. I don’t have enough heart eyes for that board and batten- I seriously want to put it everywhere in my house. Get the full tutorial by clicking here.
Materials for the 2×4 Farmhouse Bench:
Here’s a little tip: I buy everything from the Home Depot online– yes, I buy my lumber and screws online- then I just click the “pick up in store” option, and by the time I get to the store, they have everything on a cart and ready for me. It’s AMAZING! I’ve linked everything you need here, so just click on the links, then add to your cart and pick it up at your local Home Depot. You can find all the details for in store pickup here.)
- 7- 2×4 studs
- 2.5 inch grabber screws
- 2.5 inch pocket hole screws
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler Do not buy your wood filler at the hardware store, it is WAY overpriced- this stuff on Amazon is way cheaper, and just as good.
- Stain or Paint (I used American Walnut stain from Rustoleum and DecoArt’s Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in “everlasting” for the paint)
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Jig– If you don’t have a Kreg Jig, buy one right now! They are $99 at either Amazon or at The Home Depot, and it will change your furniture building life.
- Sander and 150 grit sandpaper
- Drill (this Ryobi drill/ driver kit is what I have and I LOOOVE it!)
- Countersink Drill Bit (comes with the Kreg Jig)
- Measuring Tape
- Eye and Hearing Protection
- 4- 2×4’s @ 76 inches
- 2- 2×4’s @ 14 inches
- 1- 2×4 @ 58 inches
- 1- 2×4 @ 54 inches
- 4- 2×4’s @ 15.5 inches. Both ends cut at 10 degrees off square. Ends are parallel.
- 2 – 2×4 @ 12.5 inches. Both ends cut at 10 degrees off square. Ends are not parallel. (12.5″ from long point to long point).
- 2 – 2×4 @ 13 3/8 inches. Both ends cut at 45 degrees off square. Ends ARE parallel.
Instructions for the 2×4 farmhouse bench:
Start by building your legs. For each leg, you’ll need your 15.5 inch boards, one 14 inch board, and one 12.5 inch board.
Use your Kreg Jig to drill your pocket holes.
Apply some wood glue to your joint, and screw your support pieces to your legs using your countersink drill bit.
Below is what your legs should look like once they are assembled. Remember, you need 2 of these.
After you’ve got your legs built, you will use your 54-inch board (on top) and 58-inch board (on bottom) to hook them together. You’ll also need two 13 3/8-inch boards (not pictured), which will be your diagonal supports. Make sure you use wood glue at each joint.
Next, you’ll assemble your top piece. You don’t have to hook the boards together, but I wanted mine super sturdy, since I have four kids who will put this bench to the test. So I used my Kreg Jig to create pocket holes and screwed the boards together. If you are using this for an outdoor bench, I would recommend leaving a 1/4-to-1/2 inch space between the boards to allow for drainage.
After you’ve got your top and your bottom assembled, fill in any holes with wood filler (make sure you get the this stainable kind if you are planning on staining). If you want the bench to look really sleek and smooth, you can putty or caulk the joints on your bench. I wanted mine to look more rustic, so I skipped the caulking.
Once the glue and wood filler is dry, take your sander and sand everything smooth. I made sure to round the corners on my bench too.
I used a Wipe-On Poly to finish the wood and add some durability.
Then I took my sander and lightly distressed the edges of the lower part of the bench.
My husband hates when I do this, but I know that after I put this much work into the bench, I would cry the first time my kids chipped or scratched it. So I beat them to the punch. Plus, I think it looks cuter distressed, and it’s my bench, so I get to decide.
Once your pieces are stained and painted, you’ll use some grabber screws and attach your legs to your bench top, from the underside. (I didn’t fill the holes that face the wall, or on the underside, since nobody will see them.)
All in all, this 2×4 farmhouse bench only cost me about $20 in lumber. And it only took me two afternoons from start to finish, which included a trip to The Home Depot, drying time, and doing all the necessary mom stuff, like feeding children and taking them to school.
Thank you so much for reading my tutorial for my 2×4 farmhouse bench. If you liked this tutorial, you might also like some of my other furniture tutorials: