Building your garden bench yourself – step by step instructions

Rustic yet elegant: a garden bench made from a tree trunk has something very special in it. Our guide will show you how to build it yourself.

Rustic yet elegant: the Log Home Garden Bench Rustic yet elegant: the Tree Trunk Garden Bench

Just take a break from everyday life and enjoy nature – what’s better than sitting on a comfortable bench? Here you can rest, read a book and sometimes put your feet up. However, this is really only on a comfortable and especially large garden bench. And that’s exactly the problem. Most garden benches are just not big enough and their designers tend to look for a fancy look rather than whether the bench is really comfortable. But sometimes it’s just not the right thing for your own garden.

For all those who like it rustic, we have the solution here: just build a bank out of a log itself. Wooden garden furniture is one of the garden furniture trends every year and building such a rustic bench is not even as difficult as you might think. Another advantage: You also need only a few materials for it.

You need:

Baum 1 tree trunk (30 cm diameter & 200 cm length)
➥ 1 wooden board (30 cm high & 140 cm in length)
runde 2 round posts (length depending on the desired height of the back)
➥ 12 screws (15 cm in length)

Instructions for the construction of a garden bench from a tree trunk

Step 1 – Cut your feet:

First of all you have to cut the feet for your garden bench. Place the log in such a way that it can not roll away, and cut two 30-centimeter thick slices from the trunk.

But beware:

Always wear protective clothing! These include:

  • Cut-resistant trousers
  • Safety shoes
  • Protective gloves
  • Protective goggles
  • Helmet with ear protection

Always remember the safety rules that apply when working with a chainsaw.

Step 2 – Cut the seat:

Now it’s time to build the seat. For this you have to halve the tree trunk lengthwise. First draw a mark for sawing on one end face and then on the long sides.

Now make a vertical cut to the middle of the tree trunk. Then turn the trunk over 180 degrees and make the cut from the other side to the middle.

Step 3 – Fit the feet to the seat:

Now you have to work the feet so that later, the seat will hold up easily. Now take the wooden discs and lay them down so that they rest on the bark. Then you must provide each of the feet with a V-shaped cut. These cuts must be so deep and wide on both feet that the seat surface is in perfect alignment.

If the cuts are perfect, simply lay the halved tree trunk, align it and secure it to both feet with two screws.

Step 4 – Attach the backrest:

Now pick up the two posts, align them vertically and in the middle of the feet and fix each post with one screw each on the foot and one screw on the base Seat.

Now you have to align the wooden board for the backrest correctly and secure it to the post with two screws on both sides.

Step 5 – Sand the seat & backrest:

Finally, to avoid catching splinters later on, it is best to sand the seat and back with sandpaper. Ready!

Tip: Garden bench lacquer

Such a garden bench has something very special. Not just because it’s homemade, but because it has a very special look. However, if you want to have something from your garden bench as long as possible, you should paint it the best. So their external influences, such as the weather, can not do anything at all.

Supplement for “Baumuffel”
Anyone who reads this far and suddenly does not feel like building himself “Of course you can buy similar benches!

At I had seen such a similar bank on offer. They also have an online shop. I can also recommend They have beautiful lounge furniture in the range and deliver everything, for little money, right up to the terrace.

You can then even use the home-style test of your garden bench as firewood. But I do not want to take the courage out of anyone … have self-built furniture “Personality”!