How To Make Your Own Bench From Cinder Blocks

If you're looking for a little extra seating around your yard or garden, but don't want to spend a lot of money on a new patio couch or chairs, you can make a bench yourself with just a few tools and items. This bench is quick and simple to make and can be dismantled easily and moved to another area if need be. See below for instructions to make a cinder block bench.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • 12 cinder blocks
  • 4 pieces of 4" x 4" x 10' beams
  • Concrete glue 
  • Cushions and pillows (either purchased or handmade)
  • Paint (optional)


  1. Before you begin, be sure the ground is level. If you are putting this bench in the grass, you may want to dig out some grass and use leveling sand to help you level the ground.
  2. Once you have a level base, lay four cinder blocks side by side and standing vertically. Then lay two cinder blocks across the top horizontally.
  3. Repeat the process for the other side of your bench. Space your other cinder blocks about eight to nine feet away. For a smaller bench, you can move your blocks closer together.
  4. Next, run your wooden beams through the top holes in your cinder blocks. You should have holes for all four beams. This will serve as your bench seat. You should have at least six inches of wood left on either side of your cinder blocks.
  5. After you have the right placement of your cinder blocks and wood, take it apart and apply your concrete glue to the blocks to hold them in place. Allow the glue to dry and then reassemble your bench.

Add seat cushions to your bench and pillows to make it more comfortable and eye pleasing. If you can't find cushions to purchase, you can make one yourself. Take a mattress pad and cut it to size to fit your bench. Then cover it with the fabric of your choice and sew it in place. Be sure to use fabric that can withstand weather. You can also cover throw pillows with the same type of fabric if you can't find any that you want to purchase.

To make your bench a little more colorful and cover up the blah gray color of your cinder blocks, you can also paint them a bright color to match the fabric you picked out for your cushions and pillows.

Allow the paint to dry and then enjoy your new bench.

For more outdoor furniture options, contact a professional furniture business, like Casual Living.