10 Outdoor Bench and Sofa Ideas

If you’re fortunate enough to have a big garden, you know just how lovely and practical a bench can be. It gives you a place to rest and enjoy spending time outside, and in some cases, provides a great place to stow unsightly, but useful outdoor items.

And while you can buy a bench for your garden at any big box home improvement or landscape specialty store, there are many DIY garden bench ideas out there that are quick and inexpensive to make.

Almost any material can be used to build a bench, including wood, cinderblocks, stone, or even crates. Your choice of material is not important; it should simply fit the style and décor of your garden.

Check out the following DIY garden sofas and benches that were designed using unexpected materials to create unique and interesting additions to your outdoor space!

1. Repurposed bed frame

10 Outdoor Bench and Sofa Ideas
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This project is perfect both indoors or out and is a great way to repurpose any leftover bed frames you may have at home. It is also possible to pick up the materials at an antique shop or yard sale.

2. DIY wood slab bench

Outdoor Bench and Sofa Ideas
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Have a more modern home? This strong, beautiful bench can serve double-duty as a place for your favorite blooms!

3. Brick and plank bench

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Who says your garden bench has to be permanent? It only takes a few bricks and a wooden plank to make a beautiful, natural-looking garden bench.

4. DIY Planter Box Bench

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Love the look of this planter/garden bench? Who wouldn’t?

You’re in luck…click here to download free plans to make your own!

5. Garden bench from repurposed chairs

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Image source: An Oregon Cottage

Who knew you could take two old chairs and make them into a beautiful French-style bench for your home? This is perfect whether you need a bench inside or out!

6. Pallet wood couch

10 Outdoor Bench Ideas
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This simple outdoor sofa, made from reclaimed pallet boards, is cozier with cushions. Click here for the full tutorial on making your own!

7. Garden bench with built-in arbor

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This project is not for the faint of heart. If you’re handy with woodworking projects, you’ll love this beautiful garden bench with attached arbor. 

Make your garden a fragrant oasis with the help of this covered garden bench idea.

Get the tutorial at Lady Goats.

8. Bathtub outdoor sofa

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Image source: One Krueger Chick

How crazy is this garden bench idea? Made from an old cast-iron tub, this project is a great way to repurpose what might have otherwise been tossed in a landfill.

9. Side by side repurposed chairs bench

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Image source: My Repurposed Life

Another way to repurpose old chairs is to place them side by side to create one long bench seat. This project works whether you plan to use it inside or out.

10. Chic and modern outdoor sofa

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Image source: Home Made Modern

Ikea cushions and sturdy wood combine to create this beautiful, functional bench that would look stunning in any home or garden!

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