Quick Project: Indoor or Outdoor Seating Bench
This indoor seating bench is easy to make and should take around an hour to knock up. It's perfect for an entrance or hallway, for a children's bedroom, or for a den / family room.
Made using PAR pine that you will find at your nearest Builders Warehouse, this indoor seating bench is perfect for an entrance or hallway, for extra seating in a children's bedroom, or for a den / family room. Once you've made the bench you can decide the type of finishing you want; leave as natural and apply a sealer, stain it to match your existing decor, or paint with chalk paint in your choice of colour.
The indoor seating bench measures 769mm high x 634mm deep x 800mm wide. It's easy to make two benches and put these together to make a longer bench.
Our benches are made of PAR pine, but you can easily substitute with reclaimed pallet wood and use it outdoors on a patio or in the garden. If you do decide to use outdoors, apply an exterior sealer to protect from the elements.
YOU WILL NEED:
2 of 19 x 69 x 800mm PAR pine - top / front apron
9 of 19 x 94 x 800mm PAR pine - seat / back slats
2 of 19 x 144 x 750mm PAR pine - back legs
2 of 19 x 144 x 330mm PAR pine - front legs
4 x 50mm screws
3.5 x 40mm screws
Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Orbital sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads
Tape measure and pencil
1. Assemble the seat back as shown above. Use  40mm screws to secure the planks to the front of the back legs. Space them equally over the frame with an approximate 12mm gap between each slat, allowing a gap at the bottom for fitting the seat.
2. You will need to cut a slight angle on the piece that goes on top of the back, to allow for fitting the top slat. Secure the top slat onto the back legs with  50mm screws.
GOOD TO KNOW: Pre-drill countersunk pilot holes for all screws.
3. The front section of the seat is assembled as shown below. Allow a 5mm spacer between each seat slat and secure onto the base frame with  30mm screws through each slat.