This DIY 2×4 bench is super easy and quick to make and is easy on the budget! It uses 2×4 lumber and can be used as an outdoor bench or indoor bench. Learn how to build this easy 2×4 bench with step by step plans and video tutorial.
This DIY 2×4 bench is so versatile!
Not only is it great for many places in the home, but it also makes the perfect bench for the backyard or outdoors…
It is a spin-off of one of my most popular builds – the upholstered X-leg bench which still sits at the end of our bed and we love it very much!
I mentioned in my initial post about it being easy to switch out the top and build a slatted one. I have gotten a few requests and questions on how to do that.
Plus, I needed to make something to donate to my daughter’s school auction. I decided it was the perfect time to rebuild the bench in the new configuration and also record a video to hopefully answer any of the questions you might have! Also, isn’t it awesome that this bench uses just 3 boards of 8′ long 2x4s? How economical is that?!
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Tools and Hardware Needed to Build the 2×4 Bench-
- Lumber per plans
- Miter saw
- Pocket hole jig (This one is my favorite)
- 2½” Pocket hole screws – be sure to use the blue ones if building the bench for outdoors.
- Power drill/driver
- Random orbital sander
- Exterior grade stain and finish
- 2″ Spax screws
How to Build an Easy 2×4 Bench
The plans show you step by step how to build this 2×4 bench step by step. It even splits it up into both versions – the upholstered and the slatted one so you can pick what you like. Or build one of each!
The only tricky part for a beginner here would be getting the angles cut right so they all lineup. Watch the video carefully to see the little tricks I use to get everything working perfectly.
Also, I assembled one of the X-legs live on Facebook. Watch that and if you have any questions, just leave them for me there and I will answer them all! pssstt… while you are there, make sure to like the page!
It is no secret, but if you are new around here, you know I love X-legs… they are so simple and yet add personality to a piece of furniture.
I had to give this one away… it was pretty popular at the auction by the way. But I think that patch of grass is the perfect spot for it and I need to build one more!
Don’t forget to grab the plans here.
If you build this bench please do share a picture with me! I love seeing all the amazing variations of my designs! Email me (email@example.com) or tag me on Instagram!
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Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"