Deck Planter Bench

Storage, seating, and a built-in planter — this bench has it all. Simple, sturdy construction means you can build it in a weekend and be ready for entertaining.

Outdoor projects seem to come in two flavors: easy-to-build but clunky or high-style and complex. Design Editor Dillon Baker steers a middle path with this planter bench combo. You can see from the photos its clean lines give it strong visual appeal. As we go along, you’ll appreciate how quickly and easily it can be constructed. As big as the outdoors often feels, space on a deck or patio is still at a premium. So this bench is a triple threat. Seating is the obvious function. Under the seat lies some enclosed storage space (always a plus). On the end a planter bin adds greenery to your space, or you can put it to use for other needs. Besides design and function, outdoor projects require other considerations in order to withstand the elements that indoor pieces don’t face. The majority ofthis bench is made from MDF. Yup. I see that eyebrow raise. This isn’t ordinary medium density fiberboard. It’s formulated for exterior use and can be found in a wide range of applications from trimwork to signs and garden projects. All it needs is a few coats of paint.

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  • 6 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 34 full-color photos, illustrations, and exploded views
  • Materials List & Project Supplies Sources

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