First off, let’s get one thing straight, I am in love with wood benches. My very first real DIY build was this Farmhouse Bench. I even modified the length to fit my entry way. The best part? it only cost me $15 in lumber. For a few more dollars, I ripped some plywood for the Faux Shiplap Wall you see behind it! This entry way marked the beginning of my love for DIY.

DIY Entry Way Bench and Faux ShipLap wall

Why DIY? 

It seems like a dumb question, but one worth asking yourself. For me, DIY-ing is not only a way to save money, but it is a way to get exactly what I want. I can make a piece fit MY space, rather than re-arrange everything to fit a piece of furniture I buy. So, customization is a big reason. Why else do I DIY?

I just LOVE it.

It’s a stress reliever.

It’s a creative outlet.

It feels amazing to decorate my house with something I have created. If you are a DIY-er, I am certain you can relate.

Why Buy?

Speaking from experience. I am a novice wood worker, so there is a limit to what I can make. And. Let’s be honest. I love to shop, too. Sometimes I would rather BUY than DIY.


Because tools are expensive. To save money building furniture you have to invest in expensive equipment. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally worth it. I have a few main tools that have served me well thus far, and my collection continues to grow.

But, even when you have the tools, sometimes it’s cheaper to buy than to DIY. What?… It’s true!, especially if it’s a clearance item, just buy it!.

So, let’s get to the reason for this post. Remember those benches? I rounded up 10 varieties for you to either BUY or DIY. It was so much fun to find these amazing creations. Some of them are already on my to DIY list.

Or maybe I’ll just buy them 🙂

SO pull out your credit card (or your miter saw!). One of these beauties is sure to sweep the sawdust off your feet. Enjoy!

10 Gorgeous Wood Benches you can BUY or DIY

 Scroll to the bottom, (below the image)to find links to the products and DIY tutorial for the benches. Will you buy? or DIY?. The choice is yours!

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Scroll to the bottom for the links to each bench!
Beautiful Wood Benches you can BUY or DIY!

  1. Shoe Storage Bench-BUY
  2. Shoe Storage Bench-DIY
  3. Faux Fur Bench-BUY
  4. Faux Fur Bench-DIY
  5. West Elm Slab Bench-BUY
  6. West Elm Slab Bench Look Alike-DIY
  7. Upholstered accent bench with wood legs-BUY
  8. Upholstered accent bench with wood legs-DIY
  9. Rustic Wood Bench-BUY
  10. Rustic Wood Bench-DIY
  11. Upholstered Bedroom X-Bench-BUY
  12. Upholstered Bedroom X-Bench-DIY
  13. IKEA Nornas Bench-BUY
  14. IKEA Nornas Bench Look Alike-DIY
  15. Farmhouse-Style Wood Bench-BUY
  16. Farmhouse-Style Wood Bench-DIY
  17. Garden Patio Bench-BUY
  18. Garden Patio Bench-DIY
  19. Modern Slat Bench-BUY
  20. Modern Slat Bench-DIY

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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Anika

    Great collection!!! Now I have a few more ideas to build… but first I have to decide what I would do with those benches? LOL..
    Thanks for including my bench 🙂

    1. Janice

      Thanks Anika!! I have a lot of benches around my house 🙂 I’m working on another one for a friend! So, you could give them away! Haha

  2. great roundup Janice! I love all your choices. And sometimes, it is easier to just buy them. But the satisfaction you get doing diy is great too 🙂 Have a great week! xo, Christy

    1. Janice

      Thanks Christy! Sadly, sometimes it is easier and CHEAPER to buy than to DIY.

    1. Janice

      Thanks Maria!

  3. I’m always torn between buying and building! Sometimes I’ll get halfway through a build and regret not just buying the stupid thing instead. Great list!

    1. Janice

      Haha! I hear you! Some of these are definitely cheaper to buy! 🙂

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