DIY Outdoor Storage Bench: Step-by-Step Build Guide

Are you tired of cluttering up your outdoor space with gardening tools, cushions, and other miscellaneous items? An outdoor storage bench might just be the solution you need. Not only does it provide a convenient and stylish seating option, but it also offers ample storage space for all your outdoor essentials.

Whether you have a small balcony or a spacious backyard, an outdoor storage bench can be a game-changer in terms of functionality and convenience. Let’s explore the endless possibilities of building an outdoor storage bench that will serve a pivotal function while also delivering a relaxing seating arrangement for your gatherings!

Advantages of Outdoor Storage Benches: Enhancing Functionality and Comfort

Outdoor storage benches offer a multitude of advantages that make them a must-have for any outdoor space. Not only do they provide a convenient storage solution for various items, such as gardening tools, cushions, and outdoor toys, but they also serve as functional seating options. Imagine hosting a backyard barbecue or a cozy gathering with friends, where the outdoor storage bench can double as comfortable seating for your guests. It’s a win-win situation!

Choosing the Perfect Outdoor Storage Bench Type: Factors to Consider

Outdoor bench with awning that has storage boxes underneath.
Created by Decoist.

When it comes to choosing the perfect type of outdoor storage bench to build, there are several factors to keep in mind. Consider the size of your outdoor space and the amount of storage you require. Additionally, think about the material and style that best complements your existing outdoor decor. Whether you prefer a classic wooden bench or a modern metal design, there are countless options available to cater to your individual preferences and budget.

Inspiring Design Concepts for Outdoor Storage Benches: Unleash Your Creativity

Bench with top that opens on hinges.
Created by Decoist

If you’re looking for design inspiration, look no further! We will showcase a range of unique and creative design ideas for outdoor storage benches. From rustic farmhouse styles to sleek modern designs, there’s something for everyone. Explore different finishes, decorative elements, and styles to find the perfect match for your outdoor space. Let your imagination run wild and create a bench that truly reflects your personal style and preferences. There are many different ways to create a unique build, such as using crates for open storage, swinging side doors, or a bench that has a top that opens up.

Essential Tools and Materials for Building an Outdoor Storage Bench: A DIY Adventure

Assortment of tools laid out on bench.
Created by Decoist

For those of us who enjoy a hands-on approach, building an outdoor storage bench is the best option than shopping for one. To get started, you’ll need a variety of tools and materials. From basic hand tools to power tools, we will provide a comprehensive list to ensure you have everything you need. Moreover, we will offer alternative suggestions and recommendations for different skill levels, making the project accessible to DIY enthusiasts of all backgrounds.

Tool List:

Although there are many different tools that you can choose to use based on your preferences, experience, and availability, we recommend having the following:

  • Safety Equipment (Safety Glasses, Gloves, Ear Muffs)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Carpenter Square
  • Hammer
  • Kreg Jig
  • Power Tools – Drill, Circular Saw, Sander (Optional)

Materials List:

When it comes to materials, your budget and preferences will narrow your choices of which materials to buy. However, when it comes to specifics of length cuts, you will want to make adjustments to create the perfect outdoor storage bench with all the customizations you desire. Here’s a list of the basics to getting a solid framework to begin building your project:

  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue
  • Hinges
  • Plywood (Optional If You Prefer Flat Surfaces)
  • 2×4 Wood Boards
  • Nails or Screws (Choose Weatherproof Options)
  • Painting Supplies or Wood Stain

Step-by-Step Guide: Building Your Own Outdoor Storage Bench

Outdoor bench on the front deck with pull out storage boxes.
Created by Decoist

Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start building your very own outdoor storage bench. We will provide a detailed step-by-step guide, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of each stage of the construction process. From planning the build to assembling the pieces, we will guide you through it all.

  1. Create the Frame: Start by creating a frame for the bench that suits the size, shape, and customizations that you wish to have from your outdoor storage bench.
  2. Measure Squarness: Before screwing the pieces of wood together that you prepared, you will need to make sure all components are square using your carpenter square.
  3. Use Kreg Jig: For experienced DIYers, you can pocket hole screws for seamless connections and counter sink screws for a better appearance.
  4. Make Adjustments: Measure twice and test the frame’s legs to ensure that all are even and in contact with the floor at the same height. (You can adjust the legs by sanding a bit)
  5. Consider the Legs: If you are planning to build a wide bench to seat three people and want it to have legs, consider adding 1 at each corner and two in the middle.
  6. Finalize Customization Ideas: Once you have a frame put together for your bench, you will have the freedom to test out customization ideas.
  7. Secure the Bottom: You will want to build a bottom to the frame where the storage items will be housed.
  8. Build the Sides: With an idea of how you wish to proceed, you can attach pieces of wood together and frame them with 4 pieces of wood at the edges.
  9. Use Plywood (Optional): For those with less DIY experience, you can use plywood with or without pieces of wood at the edges for structural support.
  10. Attach the Sides: With all the sides done, two identical end caps, and a backing, you will want to attach them to the frame.
  11. Make the Top: You can use wood boards or plywood to create the seating surface, aka top, which could be your access point to the storage area.
  12. Attach Top: If you choose to use the optional hinge method, you will need to attach those to the top and then secure everything to the frame.
  13. Finishing Touches: You can paint your storage bench to match your other outdoor furniture or apply stain to maintain the natural wood look. (Don’t Stain Plywood)
  14. Make a Backrest (Optional)Building a backrest can enhance the comfort and rigidity of your build, but it’s optional since you can place your bench by a wall.

Maintenance and Care Tips for Outdoor Storage Benches: Ensuring Longevity

Person in garage staining a bench.
Created by Decoist

To ensure your outdoor storage bench stands the test of time, proper maintenance and care are essential. Depending on the finish that you choose for your outdoor storage bench build, it will require different types of maintenance and care. For example, those who choose to paint their projects will likely want to have extra paint for seasonal touch-ups, regularly clean the bench, and store it properly with covers. However, those who choose the staining route for their outdoor storage bench project will want to keep it out of the sun and possibly reapply the stain to the bench every few years to minimize fading, but a cover is also recommended.

Outdoor storage benches are a versatile and valuable addition to any outdoor space. They provide both storage and seating solutions, making them a practical and functional investment. We encourage you to embark on your own outdoor storage bench project and experience the satisfaction of DIYing. With the guidance and inspiration provided, you can create a bench that perfectly suits your needs and reflects your personal style. Happy DIYing, and may your outdoor projects be a resounding success, but don’t forget to share your finished project to be showcased on ManMadeDIY!