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DIY Farmhouse Bench

DIY Farmhouse Bench

I am excited to show you how to build this DIY Farmhouse Bench with 2×4 lumber. It is a very cheap and easy build.

diy farmhouse bench

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.

2x4 farmhouse bench

 Oh, and did I mention it cost less than $20 in lumber? Yeah, that’s pretty awesome!

Materials:

(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!

Tools:

  • 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

Cut List:

  • 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.

Download Plans:

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

How to Build a Farmhouse Bench

  1. Download Plans

    Download the building plans (linked above) and follow the step-by-step instructions found there.

  2. Build 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 in the ends (see cut list).
    bench legs

  3. Build Bench Frame

    After you’ve got your legs built, you will use your 58 inch board (on top) and 54 inch board (on bottom) to build your bench frame. Make sure to use wood glue and attach your cross bars using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. diy bench frame

  4. Add diagonal supports to frame

    PLEASE NOTE: This step is not pictured, but you can see the diagonal supports in the finished photos. 
    You’ll need two 13 3/8 boards, which will be your diagonal supports. They stretch diagonally from the upper stretcher, to the cross bar on the legs. You will attach your diagonal supports using wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

  5. Assemble bench seat

    Next, you’ll assemble your bench seat using 4- 72″ 2×4’s . You don’t have to hook the boards together, but I wanted my boards to stay tight together. So I used wood glue and my Kreg Jig to plank the 2×4’s together.
    Note: If you are using this bench outdoors, allow 1/4″ or more gap between planks for drainage.planked bench seat

  6. Putty and Sand

    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.  palm sander

  7. Stain or Paint 

    Since I wanted a farmhouse look. I stained the top and painted the bottom of my bench white. wood stain

  8. Attach Bench Seat to Legs

    Once your pieces are stained and painted, you’ll use some wood 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.) diy furniture build

All finished!

 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.

farmhouse entryway bench

 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.

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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Arnold L Dixon

Sunday 31st of March 2019

Nice work, thanks for sharing.

Steve

Saturday 2nd of March 2019

Love this design. Going to make this for my daughters wedding for people to sign. Thanks for sharing the specs on it.

Tea Marrows

Friday 4th of January 2019

It appears that the outside width at the bottom of the legs is wider than the width of the bench top (the seat).

Isn't that a trip hazard? The eye sees the width at the top and the feet use that width as a reference. Anything extending beyond the width of the top could be a danger.

Arnold L Dixon

Sunday 31st of March 2019

Get a life.

Tom C.

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

At a glance it looks like the 54 inch would go on top of the frame and the 58 inch would go on the bottom.

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

That was my observation as well.

Sarah

Wednesday 12th of September 2018

Tour finished picture show angled pieces underneath, like support pieces but I don't see that as part of the instructions. Do you have instructions for those?

Natalie Dalpias

Monday 22nd of October 2018

There is a step included in the instructions, which points out where these diagonal supports belong. There is not a photo that shows where they belong, but they should be included. Sorry about the confusion.