How to build an arbor bench for your garden

Arbor Bench

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There are plenty of outdoor furniture pieces for anyone who wants to unwind in their yard. But if you are also looking for an elegant feature for your garden, then an arbor bench is one furniture piece worthy of your consideration.

Arbor Bench

You don’t need to have an enormously large garden area to build an arbor bench. This permanent garden furniture stands out, but it doesn’t take up too much space.

Add some cushions and comfortable furniture to have when you want to read or just take a nap outdoors. And if you want additional shade, you can grow vines over it!

Arbour seating like this is an all-in-one outdoor furniture option offering shade, a beautiful garden feature and a trellis for climbing plants.

Do you want one in your garden?


  • 12 pcs of 8′ 2×4 Western Red Cedar boards
  • 4 pcs of 8′ 1×4 Western Red Cedar boards
  • 9 pcs of 8′ 1×2 Western Red Cedar boards
  • 3 pcs of 8′ 2×6 Western Red Cedar boards
  • 2 pcs of 8′ 2×2 Western Red Cedar boards or 5 pcs of 4′ Spindles for the Purlins
  • ¼” Spacers (cut from scrap)
  • 4 pcs Post Anchors
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Stainless-steel Trim-head Screws (three sizes: 1¼ inch, 2⅝ inch, and 3 inch)


  • Sledge Hammer
  • Miter Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill and 1″ Paddle Bit
  • Caulk Gun
  • 4′ Spirit Level
  • Wood Clamps
  • Combination Square
  • Flexible Curve Ruler (for drawing profile for rafter tails)

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Thanks to This Old House for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here