Benches are seen by many merely as furniture — a longer version of a chair. It’s placed in the backyard for family to sit on together, or in the hallway to put things down on. It seems like it doesn’t really matter whether or not it is there — after all, everyone has chairs on their home to substitute the benches. However, when it is made creatively, it can be so much more than just “long chairs”. Not to mention, it is cheap to create a DIY bench, especially with unused materials, such as wood blocks, old chairs, or headboards. Sadly, many choose to purchase it with a more expensive price tag, rather than making it themselves and save much more money in the process. If you’re interested in making a creative DIY woodworking bench, here are some inspirations that you can keep in mind.
When created right, your bench can not only function as a tool to sit on, but also be an extra storage. To do that, make the bench two stacks so that you can put anything underneath — sandals, shoes, or even boxes of laundry. For outdoor benches, you can glue concrete masonry units (CMU) together and put your chosen wood blocks through the CMU’s holes so it replicates a bench. Then, place seat pads to make it more comfortable. If you have two broken wooden chairs, you can recycle them into a bench. Joint them together with a thick wooden board. This way, you both save money and repurpose your broken materials at home. Old, unused dresser could be another recycled alternative. Since it naturally has a drawer installed on it, you can get a bench with extra storage in one modification. Simply paint them with your favorite colors, and voila! A multifunction bench is yours.