Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Outdoor Bench - in less than an hour

This is the fun bench we created!

Ok so I saw this bench on pintrest maybe you did too?
And I thought we (my hubby and I) could make this for a cushion I already had.  The cushion was about 100in long and some pillows from a previous bench.  We had gone through a down sizing and the bench became firewood but I fought to save & storage my beloved cushions, and I'm so glad I did.  Anyway I asked my hubby to help me create this cinder block bench for my cushion.  So we headed out to Home Depot, where we felt a little overwhelmed.  Suddenly we we thinking how many blocks we were going to need and then we'd have to pick them all up, put them in the car, unload them, stack them....and suddenly we were both less motivate to create this DIY bench.

Then "it" happened, I saw something that gave us an idea.  An idea of how to create a simpler, cheaper and easier bench.... That actually turned out in our opinion much cuter.  I just snapped some photos and then later decided it would make a good blog post.


So we picked up 12 cinder blocks (I think you could actually do away with the top row and make the bench lower)  and 4 4x4x10 pieces of lumber to slip in the openings of the cinder blocks.  It's wonderful the cinder block acts as a side table as well.  All these supplies cost under $40.00 and we finished it in less than an hour.  My kind of project!

 We used a concert adhesive too.

I just love this project.  When I get a chance to finish this little area I'll take some new photos.



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34 comments:

  1. Beautiful job. This is a great bench. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/natural-hair-gel-and-wednesdays-adorned.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

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  2. Thanks so much. I'll go there right now and link up.

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  3. oh my gosh, that's a great idea! and you're right, it is much cuter with the open and airier bottom!

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  4. ....and I enJOYed your idea so I had to PIN yours. Found you on Funky Junk. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Moving soon and I need some furniture ideas to this is perfect! Coming to you from the blog hop!

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  6. Are you kidding me!? This is FABULOUS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

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  7. Is there a board between the supports and the cushion? If not, how's the comfort factor? It looks great!

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  8. I'm going to make two of these for my patio!

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  9. Going to make several of these for my new property. Love the idea. Will put a piece of plywood over the boards, under the cushions. Thank you so much for the idea!!!!

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  10. Thank you all and so glad to inspire! GranMarty there are no boards on top of the posts that go through. Mainly cause the cushion I have is so think like 10in Foam.... So the comfort is great. Anything thinner might be a problem. If you make them take picture's I'd love to see them.

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  11. This ROCKS!! Thank you for sharing

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  12. I wonder how I can make a back to go with this bench.. LOVE IT by the way.. but I dont have a wall along which to do it.. Im trying to make one by the firepit.

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    1. Ashley. Here is a link for the back frame idea. She use it for armrest but you can use longer pipe for the length of your seating. http://prudentbaby.com/2011/07/prudent-home/how-to-build-a-pallet-daybed-2/

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  13. Ashley I bet you could stack up the back row of blocks and then run another post through it for a back? I'd love to see a pic if you do it!
    Thanks.

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  14. How much weight do you think the bench (4 pieces of lumber) would hold?

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  15. I've had 5 adults sitting on it. My kids climb all over it. And it's still good. I don't have an exact.

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  16. Wow what an awesome idea! I'm definitely going to have to make one like that for my patio. And it doesn't look like it should be too hard to build. With winter being on us we haven't been able to use the patio nearly as much as we'd like. I've been looking into getting one of those stainless steel pyramid flame heater. Do you know much about them? Do they actually work well enough that we could use the patio even in winter? Thanks so much for your help!

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  17. Charles I don't know much about the outdoor heaters. Other than my mother-in-law got a table top version from costco and it seems to work very well. If you build one I'd love to see a picture. So much fun to create.

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  18. How far down did you dig for the bottom blocks? Just to even them out or to anchor them?

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  19. Have you tried sitting just on the 4x4 posts? I would like to paint the posts and just sit on them rather making a cushion - foam is too expensive and i want a neon paint colour!

    Thanks!

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  20. Nice bench. I made a slightly different version last year: http://agnija-b.blogspot.com/2012/06/cinder-block-garden-bench.html and then this year, I modified your idea, just a bit to make another one: http://agnija-b.blogspot.com/2013/05/cinder-block-bench-2.html Thanks for the neat idea.

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  21. This is GREAT! I'm making it today.

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  22. Very beautiful job!!!
    I will make some one like this and the other thing is that I like your large bench cushion for garden as they match the colors and are eye catching.
    Thanks for this share!!!

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  23. This is a GREAT idea. So easy and affordable, and really no power tools needed. But what is a "Concert Adhesive"? I searched it and lots of music bands on tour came up! Haha.

    I'm going to do this and stain the boards. Nice.

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  24. Sure sounds simple enough. I wonder if I can convince the wifey to let me make our own, or at least go with some sturdy teak benches.

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  25. Do you remember what kind of concrete adhesive you used? Love this idea!

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  26. I really want to do this. I see that your concrete blocks are in the dirt. I just have the concrete patio. Do you think it will be sturdy enough without the dirt as a base?

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  27. Tracy... yes I would think concrete patio would be better. Take a picture when you are done I'd love to see it!

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  28. What are the dimensions of your cushion? I'm debating if I should buy a pre made cushion or make one myself that fits the dimensions better.

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  29. Currently my cushion is packed away for the winter. But it was a special order I had made. I would say go for using a pre-made cushion you can make your bench to fit the cushion. One less thing to worry about. Good luck. Take pictures I'd love to see the finished bench! Have fun!

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  30. I love this! You just saved my budget! I wonder if you add another row of cinder blocks in the middle if it will be sturdier? I will also build it on concrete patio.

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  31. Love the project and want to make one, but was wondering what a "concert adhesive" is. I haven't been able to find any online. Also did anyone end up building this on a concrete or wood surface? I'd love to know if it was sturdy

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  32. I was not able to do this for under $40 at Home Depot. I purchased just 8 cinder blocks and 4 4x4x8 redwood lumber and that was already at $55 after tax....

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    1. I'm still working on it and will post more once I get it completed...don't get me wrong, I think it is a very neat project, just wish it really was that inexpensive!

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