How to Build a Bench With Hidden Storage
Corral your garden hoses with a handsome piece of outdoor furniture that cleverly conceals them under a lift-open seat
An outdoor bench makes a convenient place to plop down while you remove muddy boots. You'll rest even easier knowing it can store a garden hose (or two) and other less-than-attractive supplies.
You can buy a bench that echoes your home's style, but finding an affordable one may be harder than it sounds. Or you can opt to build one like this from weather-resistant cedar or ipe. Lift up the seat and you'll find a floor made of hardware cloth, a galvanized metal screen that allows water to escape, so you don't have to worry about storing a hose before it drains. The angled backrest, with its decorative curve, adds to the inviting aesthetic of a piece that's as handsome as it is handy. Read on to learn how to build the piece.
How to Build a Porch Storage Bench Overview
1x5 back legs: 4 @ 37 inches
1x5 front legs: 2 @ 16 inches
1x3 ¾ front-leg side pieces: 2 @ 16 inches
1x6 base sides: 4 @ 46½ inches
1x6 base sides: 4 @ 18¾ inches
1x2 cleats: 2 @ 44 inches
1x2 cleats: 2 @ 17 inches
1x6 back rest: 2 @ 48 inches
1x5 hinge strip: 1 @ 46½ inches
1x6 seat lid: 3 @ 48 inches
1x6 seat battens: 2 @ 12¾ inches
Hardware cloth: 1 @ 18¾ by 45 inches
If you have trouble finding 1x5 lumber, rip the 1x5 pieces from 1x6 boards.