I had been waiting for something to come around that I thought would be a great idea to spruce up our outdoor living space by the pool. We tend to throw a lot of pool parties, or backyard gatherings throughout the year. And although we have an outdoor table and chair set – it just wasn’t doing it for me. And when you’re looking for outdoor furniture, the first thing you tend to notice is the price tag. It’s for outdoors – why should it be that expensive?
Little did I know, because of weather, temperature and the sun – outdoor furniture tends to wear and fade fast over time, so the pricey stuff is where they get you to eliminate all of that. Sure, you could go buy lounge chairs for $20, but those are guaranteed to fade and build up mildew within months, or weeks.
But here I have found the solution to all problems. We just wanted a simple bench for extra comfy seating during our pool parties, and something we could personally use as a way to lounge under an umbrella with a drink. So my husband designed this very simple DIY cinder block outdoor bench for under $100.
Simple DIY Cinder Block Outdoor Bench Under $100
Total – even with the cushions and pillows. With just the bare bones of the bench we spent no more than $30, so yes the price was merely accountable for the dressing up of the bench – but you could even do without all that. A little paint and you have yourself a sturdy, manageable seating bench!
Here is a list of the materials needed to create the bench:
3 pressure treated 3x5x8 decorative wood (you can also use 4×4)
Your choice of color paint (or no paint!)
This bench was so simple to make, and design wise it is ultimately up to you. We could have purchased 2 more cinder blocks and 2 more pieces of wood to create a back rest. We figured for now without one will do and we can always add it later if we wanted.
With the 3x5x8, we knew we would have a bench roughly 6-7 feet long. So you first need to decide how long you want your bench to be and go from there with the length of your wood.
Putting it together is pretty self explanatory from our step-by-step image setup:
And yes, without a little paint it does look a bit frumpy and sort of ‘thrown together’, but it works! So I went out and bought some white paint for the cinder blocks, and we decided to splurge a little and get weather resistant cushions and pillows to dress it up. If you have an Old Time Pottery in your area, that is where I purchased all of my outdoor cushions – each item under $10! All of which in total spending roughly $100 to make this outdoor bench, versus hundreds for what you would normally pay – and everything you see is naturally weather, sun and fade resistant.