How to Make a Free Garden Bench

Here is how I made a free bench for my garden.

Bench in pea gravel garden

Everyone needs more seating space outside. 

And to make a bench for free is a dream. 

It really wasn't that hard and didn't require too many large tools. 

I began by using leftover futon wood from the Farmhouse Bench project, plus 2 oak posts I found while walking one night.

If you don't have a big saw, you can get the fence post cut to size at the hardware store. 

Found futon wood

I started with the futon wood, it was all pretty much already the size I needed for a 6 foot bench. 

I added additional slats in between the existing ones to create the top and the sides, then cut the post legs to 15", a good size for a lower bench.

Unfinished long outdoor bench

I changed the color of the raw wood by painting the whole thing with a vinegar and steel wool concoction that I keep fermenting in the garage.

Garden bench with stain

It creates a great old, aged color!

You could also paint your bench with a good outdoor paint. 

Garden bench with pillow

That's all it really took to create a free garden bench!

stained garden bench in pea gravel garden

Outdoor bench with pillows in a pea gravel garden

And a big thanks to all my neighbors for the side-of-the-road finds, you have no idea what you are throwing out! 

Futon wood
vinegar/steel wool solution

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .