I’ve been wanting to build my own pieces of furniture for a while now, so when I came across this DIY farmhouse bench plan from Ana White, I knew I had to try it out! This bench really isn’t too hard. I actually built the entire thing 100% by myself, which really impressed my husband. I know that if I can do it, you can do it too, so I’m sharing step by step instructions to help you build this DIY farmhouse bench yourself.
This bench is 76 inches long, and can easily seat 4 adults. It is the perfect bench for anywhere in your house, or even outside. I’m using mine in my entryway, but it would also look adorable next to a dining room table, or imagine it out back by the firepit. A firepit bench is definitely next on my list.
Oh, and did I mention it cost less than $20 in lumber? Yeah, that’s pretty awesome!
7- 2×4 studs
2.5 inch grabber screws
2.5 inch pocket hole screws
Stain or Paint
Compound Miter Saw
Sander and 150 grit sandpaper
Countersink Drill Bit (comes with the Kreg Jig)
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.
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.
This is what your legs should look like once they are assembled.
After you’ve got your legs built, you will use your 58 inch board (on top) and 54 inch board (on bottom) to hook them together. You’ll also need two 13 3/8 boards (not pictured), which will be your diagonal supports.
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 3 kids who will do their best to ruin this bench, I’m sure. So I used my Kreg Jig and screwed the boards together.
After you’ve got your top and your bottom assembled, fill in any holes with wood filler (make sure you get the 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, putty, and caulk is dry, take your sander and sand everything smooth. I made sure to round the corners on my bench too.
Since I wanted a farmhouse look. I stained the top and painted the bottom of my bench white.
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 my bottom. 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 project only cost me about $20 in lumber. And it only took me 2 afternoons from start to finish, which included a trip to Home Depot, drying time, and doing all the necessary mom stuff, like feeding children and taking them to school.
And doesn’t it look fabulous in my entryway? It is the perfect mix of sleek lines and rustic, farmhouse charm.
For $20, this DIY farmhouse bench is a project you should definitely tackle this weekend. You could even let your husband help if you want.