DIY Garden Benches


If there is a view there should be a bench. The view doesn't have to be a stunning vista of a river valley, beach scene or mountain range to deserve a bench. A flower bed in full bloom, a water feature or a glimpse through a garden gate demands a bench as well. Benches give the tired gardener a place to rest and think.

Block Bench

Step 1

Dig out three 4-inch depressions the same size as the blocks that are 20 inches apart. The depression stabilizes the bench. Lay a block in each depression. You should have three blocks in three depressions.

Step 2

Lay a piece of scrap wood over the blocks. Put the level on the wood to make sure the blocks are relatively even. They don't have to be perfect.

Step 3

Place two more blocks on top of the first block.

Step 4

Lay the plank on top of the three stacks of blocks. The weight of the plank will keep it on the blocks. When you sit on the bench your weight helps stabilize the bench as well. You could use an adhesive to bond the wood plank and cement together if you wish. If you do that the bench will be difficult to move.

Upside Down Pot Bench

Step 1

Place the terracotta pots upside down on the ground where you want the bench. The bottom of the pots should be touching or almost touching.

Step 2

Check to see if the pots are level. Adjust if necessary.

Step 3

Lay the plank on top of the pots.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't use rail road ties as the plank.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Concrete blocks, 12 inches long, 8 inches wide, 9 blocks
  • Scrap wood
  • Carpenter's level
  • Wood plank at least 3 inches thick, 12 inches wide and 40 inches long
  • Adhesive
  • Terracotta pots, 24 inches in diameter and at least 24 inches high
  • Logs no more than 6 inches in diameter and at least 24 inches high.


  • Laspilitas: Garden Bench
  • "Great Ideas for Your Garden"; Courtier et al; 2003
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