Concrete benches may not be the most comfortable to sit on, but they are practical. Get one in your yard and you’re good the long haul – no real maintenance required and you’ll have years of sitting.
But are concrete benches a DIY project?
There are numerous resources on the Internet to help the FIYer who is determined to cut through the mystery of constructing a concrete bench.
Here are just a few:
About Benches: This site is all about benches – including concrete benches. Their article includes a small diagram with measurements, along with basic instructions and links on where to get materials such as molds and ready-to-mix concrete. Links to other concrete bench building instructions are also provided—making this page a good starting point.
BuildEazy: It’s hard to imagine a more detailed look at how to construct a concrete bench. Multiple pages include detailed instructions, images, plans, and a list of building materials.
E-How: If you’re like me and you need to see a demonstration of how something is done in order to feel confident in moving forward, the E-How’s video series has your name written all over it! Divided into seven parts, this series provides step-by-step instructions on cement bench construction in a concise, detailed manner. Very helpful!
So, now I know that building a concrete bench clearly CAN be done, but I think I may just stick to modeling clay for a while . . .
And if you’re interested in knowing where concrete comes from, check out this earlier article on Fix It Yourself.
Concrete garden bench photo by Wojciech Muła