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Want to add some comfy lounge-type seating to your balcony or outdoor space? Make a bench using plastic storage bins as the base, plywood and reed fencing material.

Complete resource guide for this project is available at: 

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Step 1: Make a base with plastic bins

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For the base of the bench, I used 4 plastic storage bins - They come in many different heights and sizes so you need find some that will work for your balcony. This is a great way to keep construction down to a minimum and also gives you some long term storage if you need it. Just make sure that you pick bins that have a solid top like this to keep the water out. I arranged them to give me an L-shaped bench.

Step 2: Add the top of the bench

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For the top of the bench, I’m placed ½” plywood on top of the bins.  It comes in 2x4 sheets and you can get them cut to the dimensions you need at the hardware store. I cut each piece to measure 24" x 32". Waterproof the plywood.

Step 3: Hide the sides of the bench

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Hide the sides with panels made from reed fencing or lattice, attached to the plywood with a staple gun. The step-by-step process of making the side panels can be seen in this video, starting at 5m 8s


Finish with corner molding and add some cushions.

satoko684 months ago
Amazingly simple & inexpensive yet beautiful & functional. Love this!
EYSpace (author)  satoko684 months ago
Thank you!
Well done! This will be my project for the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

EYSpace (author)  GorillazMiko2 years ago
Thanks and you're welcome! Have fun making it!