Build a Bench – the super EASY WAY!

If you’ve suddenly decided your home (or garden) is in need of a bench, why not try making one yourself! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to build a bench – THE EASY WAY!

Learn how to build a bench for your home. Using 2 x 4 wood and hairpin legs. Easy bench plans included / Grillo Designs

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I have always wanted one of those rustic looking wooden benches for my entrance (you know the fancy kind you might find in West Elm or Anthroplogie) but the amount of zeros I see in their prices has seriously put me off fulfilling that need.

When it comes down to it…. I’m only really left with four options

  1. Win the lottery (very slim chances of that happening for someone who never takes part)
  2. In the words of Dory, ‘just keep swimming’ (in my case, just keep waiting….waiting!)
  3. Relieve my current tired old IKEA bench off TV display duty – to bum duty
  4. DIY IT!

I’m pretty sure you can guess which option I went for right?

Mind you, I didn’t want to try building something too complicated. I’m fairly new to woodworking and the fear of losing an eye or finger (or more)  is still always at the forefront of my mind .

So this is what I pulled together.


Easy tutorial on how to build bench seat from hair pin legs / grillo designs


It does the job …. looks great in my hallway (although not photographed there yet but you can see how far I’ve got with the makeover here ) and is super easy to build!

I’m not kidding about that part (even if I did kinda cheat by buying pre-made legs).


Build a bench for your entrance. Use 2 x 4 inch wood and hair pin legs / Grillo designs




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I’m fairly certain that if I were in the US the sized wood planks I used would be 2″ x 4 “? Am I right? In any case, here are the exact measurements of the bench that I built (see image below)

As you can see, we like to use the metric system here in the UK. But I can I also converted some of these measurements for my US readers.  L 39.3″ X D 10.3″ X W 1.4′)


Simple bench plans that will help you to build a bench / Grillo Designs


Its a very simple design.


I cut the wooden planks to a length of 100cm (39.3″) with a jigsaw, and sanded each plank for a smooth finish.

I then connected the three wooden planks together using 2 heavy strap ties – one at either end of the bench seat for support (see image below). Each strap tie was secured in place with 3.8cm screws (1-1/2 “)


To ensure you build a bench that is safe and secure - use metal strap ties to give extra supportBuild a bench using hair pins legs. Attach the legs to the wood with 1 1/2 " screws/ grillo designs


And that might have been the hardest part of this whole tutorial. All I had left to do was stain the wood, seal and attach the hairpin legs.

I used Ronseal Medium Oak varnish to stain and seal this bench. Here is a great tutorial on how to stain raw wood by the way . (I decided not to stain the underside of the bench seat because no one would see it)


Build a bench using hair pins legs. Attach the legs to the wood with 1 1/2 " screws/ grillo designs


As for the legs, I found an awesome selection on Amazon. Here are just a few of those options:

I also sanded the wood back a little to give it a slightly weathered look. I’m a huge fan of the new but old and battered style.


Side angle of hairpin legs bench / grillo designs

So whats the verdict? Do you think this bench is something you might try building? If you have any questions about anything, please leave me a comment below. I’m always happy to help! 




If you've suddenly decided your home (or garden) is in need of a bench, why not try making a bench yourself! In this tutorial, I'll show you how to build a bench - THE EASY WAY! / grillo designs



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  1. I am always finding ideas on your site that I never knew I wanted to make but now I do! Love this!

    1. This was so easy michelle! You should try it 🙂

  2. Lisa

    I’m a bag stalker lol, is that brown bag in the photos a Kipling? 🙂 Thanks! And good looking bench too!

    1. Haha yes it is! Im impressed!

  3. This is really simple, and it looks so good. I’ve been trying to figure out what to use for a bench for our entry way, and this would be perfect. Thanks!

  4. Oh by the way, I will be featuring you on Tuesday for the next party. Have a great day!

  5. This looks so good! Thank you so much for sharing #iDIYedthat! Hope to see you next week again.

  6. Julie Oxendine

    I love this! So easy but looks like you bought it fromPottery Barn, this is a must try for me this summer.

    1. Thank you Julie! And go for it- so easy to do!

  7. I love this bench! Pinned it. Thanks for linking up at the Home Matters Link Party! We hope to see you again next week:) #HomeMattersParty

  8. Love your bench I love the finish on it. I was thinking of building a console table for my hallway the same but taller.

    1. Thanks claire 🙂 Yes this would make a great console table also!