2×4 farmhouse bench- build it for less than $20!

how to build a 2x4 farmhouse bench for less than $20

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.

DIY Farmhouse Bench

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.

DIY Farmhouse Bench
DIY Farmhouse Bench

How to Build a Farmhouse Bench


(Here’s a little tip: I buy everything from the Home Depot online, then I just click the “pick up in store” option, and they have everything on a cart and ready for me when I get there. It’s AMAZING!


  • Miter Saw
  • Kreg Jig This was the project that made me fall in love with my Kreg Jig. If you don’t have one, buy one right now! They are less than $100 on Amazon, 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
  • Pencil
  • Eye and Hearing Protection

Download the Building Plans:

Download the building plans, including the step by step instructions for this bench here:

farmhouse entryway bench

 Please note: I built this bench several years ago, and the price of lumber has changed. Prices also vary by location. But, for around $20, this DIY farmhouse bench is a project you should definitely tackle this weekend. You could even let your husband help if you want.

If you used this tutorial in your own home, I would love to see photos and share them here on my blog! Please email completed photos to Nat@thecreativemom.com

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    1. Hi Jenny,

      I’m sorry for the error. I have offered this plan for free for about 5 years, with over 100,000 free downloads. I recently changed it, and am now charging $3.99 for the building plans.


  1. I built two of these based on this tutorial, thank you! One comment – folks building this should look at the original plans by Ana White as she has more specificity of placement of all pieces. The diagonal crossbar supports require everything else be put in a specific place.

    Alternatively, you can commit to the placement of all the other pieces and then measure and cut the diagonal crossbars to fit each position (which is what we did).

  2. Well done! Amazing what a few bucks of lumber can do. Every time I buy an 8ft long 2×4, and they ask me for like 3 bucks, I laugh. That’s less than a cafe’ mocha and will last a lifetime. Cheers, thanks for the bench design.

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