How to Build a Farmhouse Bench (for under $20)

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One of my all-time biggest dreams is to partner with Home Depot on a project for my home. I grew up going to the Home Depot with my dad, and helping him on projects for our home, or getting “craft wood” for my mom to make decorations. Now my kids are doing the same thing with my husband and me. So you can imagine how excited I am to share this project I worked on with the Home Depot. Today I am over on their blog, sharing how to build a farmhouse bench for my entryway.

DIY Farmhouse Bench

These plans came from Ana White, and instructions from Shanty 2 Chic

DIY Farmhouse Bench

Oh, and this was the project that made me fall in love with my Kreg Jig. If you don’t have one, you should think about asking Santa for one, because it will change your furniture building life.

This farmhouse bench was super quick and easy. So easy, in fact, that I built it 100% all by myself. The only help I needed from my husband was carrying it into the house. It looks amazing in our entryway, and really opens the space up and adds a farmhouse feel to our home. (And how cute is my Doily Wreath in that giant frame?)

After I built my farmhouse bench, I added some super simple board and batten to my entryway. Um, hello. Isn’t it adorable? Get the full tutorial by clicking {here}

DIY Farmhouse Bench

 This bench cost LESS than $20? That’s a smokin’ deal. And it means that this is the perfect project for you to try yourself (and you can ask your husband for help if you want, I won’t judge).

how to build a bench

This would be the perfect bench next to a dining table, in the entryway like I have it, or even around the fire pit in the back yard. The sleek look and clean lines of this bench really make it a show stopper, nobody will know you only spend 20 bones on this baby. And your husband will think you’re pretty cool, too.

Please click over to The Home Depot Blog to get the full plans and instructions.


And, if you like this bench, you might like some of my other DIY home projects:

Plank top Coffee table

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table (Ikea Hack)


DIY Picture Frame

Jumbo Picture Frame


 Pallet wall art (without the pallet)


 DIY Cafe Shelves


 Wooden Planter Box Centerpiece


  1. GT says

    Hello – I’ve made all of my cuts, but with each leg, I find that the top piece (14″ cut) does not sit flush with the two boards that support it. Is this normal?

  2. Tamara says

    I am making the bench right now following the home depot directions but I can’t figure out how high from the ground you attached the first brace to the side legs to create a full leg. WOW that doesn’t make sense. I am doing the very first step but have no idea how high to attache the first piece. I am worried that will effect the cross bars later. Any tips?

      • Tamara says

        Wonderful! Thank you. I followed a mix of your and ana whites plans and figured out you did 2 inches from the ground and also 1 1/2 from the sides on the top. (for anyone else who tries to build it) It turned out great! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial Natalie!

  3. K..C. says

    Love the bench for my front porch that I have given a facelift, to. My dad and I are building this together. It was a little more than $20 but worth it! Ty!

  4. says

    It’s AWESOME & exactly what we need in a few places in our new home. For $20 – I can make one for each spot. FABULOUS!


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