The beauty of designing and building the bench yourself is that you can get it exactly how you want it to be. My ideal was for a large bench that someone could relax on with a good book and a cup of tea – with a roof in case of rain showers and plenty of places for wildlife.
The end result far surpassed the simple seat I had in mind and we now have a weather proof seat that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. It is just as good for whiling away a few hours on your own or for four or five people to snuggle up on during a BBQ.
Start with a rough plan and then build it up into the structural posts needed to support the bench and roof if you are having one. This will enable you to plan out and see how many wooden posts you will need.
Once you’ve got your rough plan it is time to start construction from the base upwards.
As you build upwards, once you’ve got the seat in pace, you can start focusing on the roof supports.
This simple ‘p shape’ (below) works well to start off a sloped roof but the option of having no roof or a flat roof would be easier!
We then chose to dig out a section around the bench to fill with gravel and create an alternate patio style part of our garden. With a future plan to insert a fire pit at a later date along with some simple, sleeper, seats.
The eagle eyed among you will notice that we’ve also added electricity and some solar lights.