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How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

Although we are lucky enough to have a separate “formal” dining room, we are not exactly formal people. So when it came time to tackle the dining room project, we knew we wanted to create a space that was as laid-back and relaxed as possible. One idea that I came up with to accomplish that atmosphere was to replace two of the dining chairs with a simple farmhouse bench. Three adults or four children can sit on the bench easily, which makes it perfect for large family gatherings. 

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

Creating the bench was one of the quickest and easiest builds we’ve ever done. It’s a great beginner project, and a perfect opportunity to involve a junior helper. Read on for the full tutorial, and you can also sign up for our free DIY Library, where you have access to printable PDFs of all of our building plans! 

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans


How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans


How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench

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Dimensions: 14  x  56  x  18″

Approximate Time: 3 hours

Supplies Needed

Approx. Materials Cost: Less than $200 (legs cost $160)

Tools Used

Cut List

  • 2– 2×8 @ 56″ ripped to 7″ (⅛” off each side to square) (top)
  • 2– 2×4 @ 46″ ripped to 2 ½” (½” off each side to square )(side top support )
  • 2– 2×4 @ 6 ½” ripped to 2 ½” (½” off each side to square )(front and back top support )
  • Trim legs to 16 ½”


Step 1

Rip down each side of your 2x8x10 and 2x4x10 with your table saw as directed in cut list to create a straight edge. Make all of your cuts to length with your compound miter saw, referencing the cut list.

Step 2

Drill all of your pocket holes.

  • 2 @ each end of 2 ½ x 46″ and 2 ½ x 6 ½” boards
  • alternating pocket holes on bench top (or, alternately, use a biscuit joiner)

Step 3

Take your two 56″ boards and apply wood glue to the intended seam. Join boards with your pocket hole screws. Allow glue to dry.

Alternate method: We chose to use a biscuit joiner on the bench top, to allow for expansion and contraction. 

Step 4

Take two of your short end pieces, and attach to legs with 1 ½” pocket hole screws. We inset from the front of the legs by ½”. Clamps may be helpful, since the legs will not be completely secure until the top is attached firmly. If you wish, you may use a nail gun to secure legs to center support. 

Step 5

Take two of your long front and back pieces, and attach to legs with screws. Again, inset by ½”. You should now have a complete base. If you wish, you may use a nail gun to further secure legs to rails.

Step 6

Once the top has dried completely, sand smooth with 120-grit sandpaper. Round off the edges if you choose.

Step 7

Lay the bench top upside-down. Flip the base upside-down also, and center it in both directions. Join base to top with pocket hole screws using the pre-drilled holes.


I painted the bench with two coats of Folk Art Chalk Paint in White Adirondack, sanding lightly between coats. After, I gave it a top coat of Satin Polycrylic to give it more durability. I normally love to stain the top and just paint the legs on projects like this, but I really wanted to break up the wood of our dining set.

How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans

What do you think of our new casual seating? I think it’s the perfect solution for a family-focused gathering space. I’d love to hear from you, and whether you’re planning to build this!

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How to Build a Simple Farmhouse Bench with Free Building Plans



Osborne Wood Products provided me with the beautiful bench legs for this project, but all opinions are my own.
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About Nina

Nina is the owner & designer of Nina Hendrick Design Company and the Nina Hendrick blog. Along with her husband Mack, she is chronicling the journey of transforming their builder-grade 80s colonial into a modern day New England dream home. Nina and Mack live in the suburbs of Boston with their three children and golden retriever Lucy.


I just found you through justagirlandherblog, where can I find the chalk board pictured in your dining room?

Hi, Dina! So glad you stopped by :) It was a DIY many years back. This one (affiliate link) is very similar, though!

This turned out amazing! I absolutely love benches in our dining room. It creates a relaxed atmosphere for the family dinners and gatherings. Ours are getting a little worn down from the hundreds of meals had on them so I’m definitely going to get my husband on these guys! Thanks for sharing :)

Thanks for stopping by Hattie!

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