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Rustic $15 DIY Bench

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Wondering how to make a bench, or better yet, a cheap bench? It’s easier than you think! Build this simple Farmhouse DIY Bench for just $15 in supplies!

cheap rustic bench

Remember that little old table my hubby and I built early in the summer? The little Pottery Barn inspired turnbuckle table?

diy pottery barn inspired dining table

Well, she {yes, she’s a girl} needed a little accessory.  While she loved the beautifully spray painted turquoise and white chairs we had her paired with she felt alone.  In need of a rustic wooden partner in crime.

So we build her a little friend bench.

rustic $15 bench

And it only cost us $15.

My hubby was out of town when I built this bench (he drew up a rough plan for me before he left and bought the wood.) I felt like a modern-day superwoman using my new tools I told you about recently.  They made it SO easy and SO fast to get this little sucker built.

Tools for Making a DIY Bench.

I cut everything on my miter saw and the angles for the bottom of the bench and the side base notches were super easy to make.  I’ve been missing out working with only a circular saw! You definitely can make this bench with a circular saw though if you don’t have a miter saw so don’t let that deter you.

And the impact driver…oh be still my heart! This little powerhouse has an internal anvil that gives it muscle-takes all the pressure off you when using it, just hold it and it pushes itself right in.  Don’t believe me? Check out this little makeshift video I made when assembling the bench:

DIY Bench Supplies

  • 1 – 2×6 @ 12 feet long (you can cut this one into 2 – 6′ long boards for easier transporting)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
  • 2-1/2″ self-tapping screws (try the exterior deck ones) or 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws (for Kreg Jig users)

DIY Bench Plans

And the best part of the entire DIY bench situation? My amazing superstar buddy Ana White is drawing up plans for you to create your very own-and it’s under $15 in lumber! Woo-to-the-hoo!

illustration of diy farmhouse bench building plan

Check out the $15 DIY Rustic Bench plans here and please give Ana a little “thank you” for drawing up the plans cause you can be assured they are SO much better than anything I would have tried to explain!

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  1. Can someone who used these for adult seating reply to me about how many adults could seat comfortably? Love to make these for my daughters wedding. 180 guest. Thank you

  2. How many adults do you think this bench could hold? We are thinking about making them for seating at our daughters outdoor wedding

  3. These benches were wonderful my husband made 16 for our wedding and we put buckets of baby’s breath down the aisle. Now all the benches are dispersed among my family members and we all are still using them 4 years later!!

  4. Thanks so much for the plans, Gonna make an entryway bench for the kiddos. Your plans look great, such a life saver.

  5. Thank you for sharing these plans. I made myself one to go with my backyard table and chairs. I also made and gifted a few as Christmas presents for my family and they all love them!!! Super simple and fun to build!! Thanks again!

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