Simple Rustic “Headboard” Bench Tutorial

We have 9 garden beds in our yard.  One of our goals this summer was to put a structure piece in each garden. Two of the gardens already had something that we got  last year.   I showed you the simple DIY bench tutorial that we did here. for our new garden.   I showed you the pergola swing I got for my birthday/mothers day.  You can see that here if you want another peek. Our next focus became our large oak garden. I thought it would be fun to try a headboard bench. I really like it.  It’s a simple, rustic bench. It literally took 60 cut, build and paint.  
To make the bench you need a twin size headboard and 2-2×4’s and  2-1×6’s boards.  We had all the wood here so didn’t have to buy anything.  You can use scrap pieces since you will be painting it as we did below.
I got my headboard at Salvation Army for half off $11.25.
To make the seat  measure the length of your headboard and make a simple 2×4 box like shown below. We cut 2- 34 1/2 ” pieces and 3- 16″ pieces.  Screw the box together with 2: deck screws. 
 He then cut  3 1x 6 pieces 34 1/2  ” long.  One of the 1×6 pieces he cut 4″ wide.  He screwed them on to the  box. 
Using a headboard provided back legs so we needed to cut 2 legs for the front.  He ripped a 2×4 in half and cut them 19″ long. He then screwed the legs to the underneath side of the box.
Add liquid nails to the headboard.
And attach to the box.Carefully screw the headboard to the box.  The liquid nails can slip when screwing it.
The unpainted bench.-not so pretty! 
We added a coat of kiltz and then spray painted it. 
Here is the  finished bench in it’s new home.   Nothing fancy, but definitely meets our needs and for the cost of under $10.00 it works great!

Here is the bench next to my lamp birdbath.
I hope you are having a great time beautifying your surroundings!  We sure are!!  

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  1. says

    What a great bench idea!! I love the way it turned out!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you can come visit me sometime over at projectbazaar.blogspot.comAshley

  2. Tiffany says

    I LOVE it!!! I am going to be on the lookout for a cheap headboard now! You make it look so easy, I definitely want to try making one too. :) Just found your blog via Ginger Snap Crafts and I am your newest follower! I'd love it if you came to visit my new blog I just started!

  3. says

    Hi – I'm here via Naptime Blog – Love the Bench – and the lamp Birdbath/feeder – ;-} Love Ann Voskamp, too! Nice to 'meet' you – Am Following via Google Friends -Lynden

  4. says

    I love it! I need to make one of these for my desk since Willow likes to lay next to me while I work so I can pet her. Since we both can't sit in my deskchair, she will lay next to me moping and sighing great sighs. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  5. says

    Wow! Your bench is beautiful. Thank you for linking to My Life's a Treasure's Our Favorite Things Link Party. I so wish me and hubby had the time to make one, I just love it.

  6. says

    Great idea. I love repurposed items, it's so important to keep these from our landfills! Hmm now you've got me thinking about statement pieces for my gardens… job well done!I'm visiting from Between Naps on the Porch.

  7. Tina says

    This is so ironic, I have two of the exact same headboards. My step son and I had discussed making a bench out of them. Then today I stumbled across your bench. I might try to take the second headboard and make side arms or just make two bench's. Thanks to you I have instructions on how to do it. Thank you so much :) .


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