With the advent of summer, I will start my little 5 feet 9 inches x balcony into an intimate outdoor dining area, can accommodate four to five people. In such a small balcony, there are many chairs will be very trouble, so I decided to build a simple wooden bench, do a corner booth. I don’t want too complicated to build, so I came up with a very simple design, only need a few hours, making use of basic tools and materials.

I’ll walk you through how to make one of them and then you’ll be able to customize the design to work with your outdoor space. You can also watch the video where I show how I made the benches (you can fast forward to 3:28 min)

Bench dimensions: 56″ long x 16 1/4″ wide x 17 3/4″ high

Materials needed: 6 x 1″ x 4″ x 6 ft pine boards (~ $4.50 each), 1 x 2″x 3″x 6 ft stud (~$2.00), weather proofing stain or paint, decking screws (1 1/4″, 2″)


Step 1: Cut the pine boards and stud to size

Cut the pine boards and stud to size
Cut list:

Frame (1″x4″): 2 x 55″, 3 x 13 3/4″

Top (1″x4″): 4 x 56″

Legs (2″x3″): 4 x 17″

Step 2: Paint or stain the wood

Paint or stain the wood

I use from BEHR translucent waterproof dyeing wood (brown), and apply two coating. For small projects like this, eight ounces of samples is enough.


Step 3: Build frame

Build frame

Use corner clamps to hold the pieces together (adding wood glue before doing this will make the joints stronger but skipping the glue will allow you to easily disassemble the bench later). Drill two pilot holes and put in screws (use 1 1/4″ screws). After the four sides are put together, add the middle piece for extra support.


Step 4: Attach top

Attach top

Place one of the top 1″ x 4″ on top of the frame so that it extends 1/2″ past the edge of the frame at the ends and on the sides. Drill pilot holes and screw in place.

Screw in place the remaining pine boards, using a scrap piece of 1″ x 4″ as a spacer.


Step 5: Attach the legs

Attach the legs

Using clamps, secure one leg to the inside of one corner of the frame. Then drill pilot holes and screw in place (use 2″ screws).


Step 6: Completed corner booth with DIY wood benches

Completed corner booth with DIY wood benches

This project is completed, I added the mat and the establishment of complete privacy panel I corner of DIY outdoor dining area (you can see how do I set up in this video privacy panel). I like my DIY outdoor dining area, and it is a good place to enjoy the warm summer evening with friends and family.