DIY Modern Garden Bench Literally Anyone Can Do

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

This rustic bench is the perfect spot for your outdoor living area — and luckily you don't need major carpentry skills to build it yourself. With hairpin legs available for as little as $20, this DIY is a great beginners project. Here's how ...

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Things You'll Need

  • Hand sander

  • Outdoor wood varnish

Step 1

Choose your piece of wood. We've used a piece of live edge hardwood that measured 1 foot by 3 feet. (If you find a larger piece, you can always have your local hardware store cut it to size for you.) Be sure to choose hardwood rather than softwood. Oak, cedar, redwood, acacia, or walnut are popular choices.

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 2

Flip the wood over so the bottom side is facing upwards. Place the hairpin legs into position. You don't need to measure here; just eyeball where you want them to sit.

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Mark all the drill holes with a pencil and put the legs to one side.

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 3

Drill pilot holes for the legs — make sure you don't drill all the way through the wood.

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

TIP: Our hardwood is 1 inch thick, so we've wrapped a small piece of tape around the drill bit a 1/2 inch from the tip to indicate how deep we've drilled.

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 4

Drill the hairpin legs into place.

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 5

Take a hand sander and the sand the sides of the hardwood.

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Smooth any rough edges, and run the sander over the bench top to prepare it for the varnish.

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 6

To finish the bench, seal the wood with two or three coats of outdoor varnish to protect it. Let dry completely.

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Your bench is now ready for outdoor lounging and entertaining!

DIY Modern Garden Bench
credit: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!