Modern Slat Top Outdoor Wood Bench

Free plans to build a modern slatted bench for your outdoor space!


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Author Notes: 

Blessed we are for sure to have another DIY project in the works, but we feel especially blessed to have so much support and kindness.  Thank you for all the positive feedback and comments, you are lovely.


I'm so glad you loved Jeff from A Touch of Arkansas's Modern Slatted Console Table (plans here)!  Perfect for outdoors too!

And many of you asked for plans for the matching bench ....

Happy to do that for you today!



Shopping List: 

9 - 2x4 @ of feet long or stud length
3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2" wood screws or finish nails
wood glue
Optional 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" PH screws if desired

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Cut List: 

7 - 2x4 @ 72"
14 - 2x4 @ 14 1/2"
12 - 1x4 @ 18"

Step 1: 

TIP: Unless you are spray painting, it may be difficult to paint between slats. You may wish to paint or stain all of your 2x4 @ 72" long first. Leg boards you will not have this issue.

Choose your best looking 2x4 top board and leg boards. Set them best looking side down on the table. We'll be working from the front backwards.

Lay out 1 long 2x4 and 2 short 2x4s. Position the 1x4 on top, apply glue and nail or screw down, to both the top and leg 2x4s.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Add a layer of 2x4s on top of the 1x4s.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Next, repeat with a layer of 1x4s, nailing or screwing into both the top and leg 2x4s.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Continue until you run out of boards :)

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Hi Ana,
Thanks for the plan. I built the bench over weekend and enjoyed every minute of it.
One correction to the plan above - except of the 2" screws, you also need 2.5" screws for attaching the 2" leg board to the 1" leg board.
The 2" screws are too short and will not last for the 2" to 1".