The farmhouse bench is the perfect complement to the Farmhouse Table, but it’s also great on its own as a feature piece for a porch or front hallway or as a sturdy workhorse for a mudroom.
The farmhouse bench can be sized to fit any space, large or small, and small design tweaks can completely change the look to customize it to your space.
The inspiration for the farmhouse bench in the pictures below comes from Ana White and her remarkable website. I’ve made a few changes, but Ms. White deserves the bulk of the credit for the original design. I created the design variations, but everything follows traditional styling and construction techniques for the most part. I claim no specific ownership over any of it other than the work involved in creating the 3D models.
Here’s a closer look at the farmhouse benches I built for our back porch before I applied a finish. The 3D models below and the finished pictures of our benches include a pair of stretchers on the long sides that aren’t in these first pictures. I added the stretchers later for additional insurance against wood movement, and I liked the look so much, they are now part of my standard design. You’ll see the farmhouse table in some of the pictures as well.
Pricing varies slightly depending on the exact design and the desired finish for your bench. The base design (“Eliminate the Breadboards” below) starts at $225 for a 52″ long bench made of treated or untreated pine. Standard depth is approximately 13.5″. The price includes the finish of your choice from my standard options and delivery (central Pennsylvania only for delivery). Pricing doesn’t vary much unless you want to use hardwoods or modify the design heavily. Every piece is custom-quoted based on your exact specifications for size, style, and finish. I do offer special pricing for table and bench sets.
Farmhouse Bench: Construction Options
Breadboards are the short pieces at either end of the bench top that run perpendicular to the main boards. If you have, or are ordering, a farmhouse table with breadboards, the breadboards on these benches will be a perfect complement. If you are ordering a bench (or benches) for use elsewhere, breadboards are a timeless look that work just about anywhere.
Eliminate the Breadboards
Breadboards are great, but they aren’t for everyone. If you prefer the clean look of a bench with plain plank construction, look no further. Eliminating the breadboards gives this bench a cleaner, more streamlined appearance.
Play With Proportion
The design variations for the top of your bench are nearly endless. Wide boards, wide breadboards, mixed-width boards, symmetrical and asymmetrical patterns—the sky is the limit. Here are a few examples:
Two 2″ x 8″ boards:
Two 2″ x 8″ boards with breadboards made of the same 2″ x 8″ boards:
A feature board pattern made with a 2″ x 10″ flanked by two 2″ x 4″s ripped down to 2 1/4″:
A symmetrical pattern made by ripping a 2″ x 4″ in half and placing the halves between three other 2″ x 4″s:
An asymmetrical pattern made with a 2″ x 8″ and two 2″ x 4″s:
Farmhouse Bench: Materials Options
My standard farmhouse bench is made of a combination of 2x and 4x pine, untreated for indoor use and pressure treated for outdoor use.
For a more refined look and increased durability, a hardwood can be used for the bench surface. Typically, it still makes sense to build the legs using pine as 4x posts can be hard to come by and are cost prohibitive in hardwoods. Because it is difficult to match stain color when mixing woods, especially when using pine, a mixed-material bench usually has a stained surface and painted legs and support structure, most often in a gloss white.
Farmhouse Bench: Finish Options
Standard finishing options for farmhouse benches are a stain and sealer, typically a spar urethane.
For a slightly more rustic look, an outdoor bench can be coated with just a deck stain/sealer. This more basic finish has the added benefit of making it much easier to refinish the table if/when it starts to show wear after being exposed to the elements. This is what we did for the table and benches set that currently sits on our back porch. Here’s how our set looks with just the deck stain/sealer:
Both an indoor and outdoor bench can be finished with a paint color of your choosing. A painted finish can also be coated with a urethane for added durability.
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