DIY Benches for my Dining Table

Hey guys!!  I’m back to share the new benches that I built for my new dining table!

DIY-BenchIf you missed the Restoration Hardware Dining Table that I built for $110 you can see that HERE!

The benches are just a small piece of the massive amount of furniture that I’m building for our new home but each room is starting to fill up :)  They are very easy and I was able to build 2 for about $70 making my entire dining set about $180!!

As always, we have the FREE Printable Plans available for you HERE or you can click the image below :)

print plans buttonAnd, of course, I’m sharing my how-to steps to help!

frame-and-top-of-benchI started making the top of the benches first.  This part is very easy!

assemble-bench-topBench tops – done :)  Now time for the legs.

pocket-holes-in-legsI cut the legs and drilled pocket holes in to them.

feetThen, I cut the feet.  Don’t let the angles scare you.  If you haven’t cut angles, these are easy :)  You just cut a 45 degree angle on half of each end.


large-angled-piecesHere are all of my little angle pieces that give the benches so much character!

leg-bases-assembledI attached the legs to the feet with wood glue and Kreg pocket screws.

nail-angled-piecesI attached the small angle pieces first with wood glue and my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer.  If you don’t have a nailer, you can use finishing nails or drill pilot holes for wood screws.

attach-top-angled-piecesThen, I flipped them upside down and attached the longer angle pieces the same way

attach-foot-padsAnd added the foot pads with wood glue and my nailer.

attach-legsAfter all of the legs were assembled, I attached them to the bottom of the bench tops with wood glue and pocket hole screws.  I used my Ryobi Right Angle Drill to attach the braces to the frame.

assembled-benchThat’s it!  Time to finish!

Varathane-Carrington-Wood-Stain-500x740I stained both benches with one coat of Carrington stain to match my table.  Rust-Oleum and Varathane are by far our favorite stains :)  They are very rich in color and they dry in 1 hour!  Perfect for busy (and impatient) moms … and dads 😉

distress-table-edgesWhen the stain was dry, I used my favorite sander to distress the benches, all over.

polyI wiped the dust with a wet cloth and applied 2 coats of polyurethane (paying special attention to the tops because my kiddos will be eating here).

diy-dining-table-benchesThat was it :)  One reason we love DIY is because it frees up our budget to spend more on accessories!  I found the rug at World Market for about $150 for a 6×9 (Charcoal Basket Weave Jute Rug) and I found those awesome wicker chairs at Pier 1 for $99 each :)



DIY-BenchLoving how my dining room is coming along!  I still have several more projects planned for this room but I am going to step away and move to another room for now :) I’ll be back soon too share!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Like anything else you see in this room?  You can click the links below to get the info :)

Paint on walls



Bar Cart

Wine Bottle Crate Centerpiece


Wall Art


  • Jack Shannon

    I built the bench and assembled it upside done as suggested in the plans. Then when I turned it over to my surprise it was a bit off balance and wobbly. Have you faced this? Would you have any suggestions To fix a wobbly bench?

  • Matt

    I love your plans, built two of your workbenches already, and getting ready to take on this table and bench. Do you have any advice on how to assemble the top frame while using mitered corners instead of the standard butt joint you are using with the pocket jig?

  • Vee Charbonneau

    I juts finished the table and now I’m working on the benches. I changed the length of the table to fit our space. Its 74 1/2. I think I will make the benches to a total length of 55″ to accommodate larger chairs on the end. Im wondering if I will should still have the 3 legs on them or if I could get away with 2 legs. Any input would be great.

  • Renata Shaw-Marshall

    anyone know how i would go about making just a 63″ long bench ??

  • Nicole Booth

    Love the table and benches. What is the length?

  • Jim Sileo

    Hey thanks for the plans for the table and benches. They were easy to follow. I made this table 8′ to accommodate 4 on each side but I think with children 5 be fine. Because of the extra length I had to add extra support braces on each base. It stabilizes the middle and I think goes with the style just fine. I also raised the stretcher about a foot and down sized it to 2×4 mainly for vacuuming but it’s a good foot rest too. As for the height issue I read in previous post, I eliminated the 3/4″ blocks and used 1/4″ tight knit carpet as blocks. It slides nicely and protects floor. I also changed stains thought it was too dark and didn’t distressed wood either. It was time consuming, not sure how anyone could do all the sanding needed and stain/poly in one weekend but more power to ya if ya did. The Kreg jig was amazing and can’t wait to use it again. One last thing, the cost of this project should be doubled because the projected cost I believe does not include screws, glue, sand paper, stain, poly so budget accordingly. Thanks shanty 2 chic!

  • Chen Lee

    Hello! Great table! Where did you buy your curtains?

  • Jami Feldmann

    Hey ladies! My boyfriend and I are taking on the table and benches, can’t wait! I really want to add a back to the bench and did see an upholstered bench on Ana’s site. I am trying to figure out how to incorporate these two designs because I want the bases to match the table. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to accomplish this?

  • Corey

    Do you build first and sand after? In most of the pics I’ve seen in your projects it appears like you sand later.


  • Katie Archibald

    How hard is it to deal with crumbs getting in the cracks of the table? Is there a way to have that not happen?

  • Broc patine et Compagnie

    Hi, i love your work, thank you for your tutos 😉
    I’m from France i follow you since a while, i wrote on my blog a post about your work, i hope you can see it.


  • Susan Grens Hubbard

    Hey girls, can I ask what you use for your 4×4’s? I can only find treated wood or cedar in my area for 4×4’s. Do you use pine? Where do you find yours. I’ve been searching…..any help would be great!

    • Shanty2Chic

      Hi Susan,
      We get untreated pine 4×4’s at Home Depot but we are hearing they aren’t available everywhere. Have you tried a local lumber yard?

      • Susan Grens Hubbard

        Yes I went to ProBuild because my Home Depot (Florida) doesn’t carry them. ProBuild has cedar (don’t want to spend that much) and it will take 4-6 weeks to special order pine. Guess I’ll see if I can finagle an order with Home Depot :)


  • Cecilia

    Your projects are awesome! I have that same rug in a different color, but I found that it sheds terribly and loses of lot of dirt and natural fibers. I finally decided to take it out, but every time I pass it by in the garage I want to bring it back in because I love it! I’m curious to know if you find the same thing.

    • Shanty2Chic

      Hey there! Thank you:) I have only had this one for about a month but I have the smaller sizes in the natural jute color and haven’t had a problem. I do vacuum them pretty regularly though so maybe that’s why??? Hope this helps :)