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.
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.
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!
- Shoe Storage Bench-BUY
- Shoe Storage Bench-DIY
- Faux Fur Bench-BUY
- Faux Fur Bench-DIY
- West Elm Slab Bench-BUY
- West Elm Slab Bench Look Alike-DIY
- Upholstered accent bench with wood legs-BUY
- Upholstered accent bench with wood legs-DIY
- Rustic Wood Bench-BUY
- Rustic Wood Bench-DIY
- Upholstered Bedroom X-Bench-BUY
- Upholstered Bedroom X-Bench-DIY
- IKEA Nornas Bench-BUY
- IKEA Nornas Bench Look Alike-DIY
- Farmhouse-Style Wood Bench-BUY
- Farmhouse-Style Wood Bench-DIY
- Garden Patio Bench-BUY
- Garden Patio Bench-DIY
- Modern Slat Bench-BUY
- Modern Slat Bench-DIY
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Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for beginner DIYers. Besides being a fan of scrap wood projects and budget- friendly home ideas, Janice works full time as university professor in the health care industry. She is also a wife, mother, grandmother, and breast cancer survivor. Feel free to send Janice a message here!