How to Build Wooden Lawn Bench Planters


A wooden bench planter serves a dual function in your lawn, backyard or patio--it allows you to sit and relax, while also containing plants or flowers of your choice, thus acting as a planter. Instead of purchasing an expensive bench planter from a home department store, you can make a simple bench planter yourself. Use this alone, or place a few garden chairs with it to create a comfortable environment outdoors where you can relax by yourself or with your family, or entertain friends.

Step 1

Place the 1-by-4-by-21-inch lumber on a flat even surface. Also place the two pieces of 1-by-4-by-94-inch lumber with it, side by side. Make sure the tops of all three pieces are at the same level. Place your measuring tape at one end and measure and mark every 16-inch. Extend each mark across to the other end of the wood board. Drill two countersink holes on each of these marks and on each end of the shorter piece of lumber.

Step 2

Glue the longer ends of the lumber from the previous Step and dry fit them between the shorter pieces. Adjust them so the joints are flush and level. Use galvanized screws to secure them in place.

Step 3

Glue both ends of each of the five 1-by-4-by-19 ½-inch lumber and insert them between the longer pieces of lumber, on the 16-inch marks you made earlier. Drill them into place with woodscrews.

Step 4

Glue the upper edges of the cedar bench frame. Hold the six pieces of 1-by-96-inch lumber on the frame and drill woodscrews to join them together. Measure 24 inches inwards from each end and down the center of the bench. Measure 10 ½ inches inwards from the side and mark the spot. This point determines the spot to draw the circle for the planter. Draw a 13-inch diameter circle over the spot, and cut it out with a jigsaw.

Step 5

Place two 15-inch pieces of 2-by-4 lumber between two 18-inch 2-by-4 lumber and attach them with galvanized woodscrews. You will have one box. Repeat this procedure until you have four boxes.

Step 6

Place four 24-inch pieces of lumber inside two boxes, allowing them to overhang by three inches. 15-inches will be inside the box with four of the 24-inch pieces taking up 14-inches. Secure them in place with woodscrews. Turn the box over and repeat the process to create a planter box. Place the pot in the box.

Step 7

Position the bench over the pots so its holes are just over it, and lower it carefully. Stain or paint the bench to protect it from extreme weather.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-by-4-by-21-inch cedar, 2 pieces
  • 1-by-4-by-94-inch cedar, 2 pieces
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Jigsaw
  • Drilling machine
  • Countersink bit
  • Wood glue
  • Woodscrews
  • 1-by-4-by-19 ½-inch cedar, 5 pieces
  • 1-by-4-by-96-inch cedar, 6 pieces
  • 2-by-4-by-18-inch cedar, 8 pieces
  • 2-by-4-by-15-inch cedar, 8-pieces
  • 15-inch diameter pots (2)


  • How to Build a Planter Bench

Who Can Help

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