DIY Benches for my Dining Table

Hey guys!!  I’m back to share the new DIY 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 brad 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 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.

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 and building these DIY benches with me!


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



  1. Chad on November 29, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I know this is a very old post but I hope you’ll still answer a question. Will this bench fit completely under the table?

  2. Remo restore on August 8, 2019 at 4:59 am

    I don’t know about anyone else. But i can’t seem to find bench cushions for this. The dimensions are a little strange. The skinniest length I have seen is 17”. But the bench seems to be 14”. Wider planks seem to be the only option

  3. Mike on December 19, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Loved your plan for the table. Built and now moving onto the bench! We made the table 4′ X 8′ and can fit 12 around the table!!!
    Would love to send pic of table. How do I share a pic?

  4. Nick on August 13, 2018 at 6:27 am

    I just made this bench with my fiance this weekend. Though i spend a lot of time in the wood shop i still ran into a few issues with this build. I am going to make a youtube video that will show the build and what i learned (the hard way). If anyone is interested the video should be up in a week or two.(channel name NothingToDoCrew)
    Note-We built this bench for our dining room table, but we are also going to use it as our guestbook at our wedding. Im glad we figured this thing out because it turned out amazing.

    • Brittany on September 3, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      do you still have this video up? I cannot find it. Thanks!

  5. Josalyn Watson on March 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Hey shanty2chic have you ever thought of doing a round table? I have 8 people in my family and have always wanted a round table. I love the plans to this table and thought with a few modifications with the base it could probably work. I’d love know what your thought are? You do such a great job! Thanks for sharing your ideas for DIY’ers like me!

    • Cassie Litz on April 25, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      I would be interested in a 6 person round table! 🙂

  6. Cassie on February 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    How tall are the benches when finished?

    • granny on July 9, 2020 at 9:49 pm


  7. Tommy Obenauf on June 4, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Im building this table and benches right now using mitered finish trim and select 1 &1/8″ pine. Check out my profile if you want to follow along just send me a friend request.

  8. Joseph S Dailey on January 31, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I may have missed something but I could not use the pocket holes i drilled on the 2x3s for the brace of the legs or the 2x4s for the frame of the top. My cordless drill would not fit or give me the right angle to screw the pocket holes in

    • Randy Murphy on January 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      You can buy the smaller drill bit that is half the size of the one that it comes with.

    • Jax on July 24, 2018 at 8:00 am

      I also do not have the right-angle drill (yet). So, I used a multi-bit screwdriver with a longer #2 square bit, that I bought from Lowe’s for $2, and did it the hard way. If you have a ratcheting, multi-bit screwdriver, that would be even better for your wrist and forearm. In addition, I also anchored in the 2×3 braces with wood screws to help hold in place while I manually inserted the pocket-hole screws.

      In reference to the Kreg HD jig that others commented about, I drilled the same depth pocket holes with my Kreg R3, as was shown in the plans. I just marked a line for where I wanted them, used a pocket hole screw in the hole on the R3 jig (you have to remove the round clamp thing), and attached it to the the 4×4. However, to beef it up a little bit, I also added 1 additional pocket-hole (of same depth) on two of the remaining 3 sides. This may have been excessive, but I am just starting out and I want to make sure that my bench (and accompanying table) doesn’t fall apart in the future. 🙂

  9. Stephanie Y on December 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Shanty2Chic, I know a few people have asked this question already, but I haven’t found an answer yet. Are there any substitions for the Kreg HD Jig?
    Also, can you use the Kreg HD screws with the Kreg 4 or 5? Thanks in advance. If anyone has had any luck using any alternative methods I’d love to hear them.
    Thanks in advance. ; )

    • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmid on May 3, 2016 at 8:05 am

      I would like to say any pocket hole jig should work. The “Kreg HD” is just the one they used. I am using the “Kreg Tool R3 Pocket Hole System” and i know my Father uses a completely different brand than Kreg for his pocket holes. Hope this helps.

      • Shanty2Chic on May 3, 2016 at 8:14 am

        The HD jig is for 3.5″ thick boards.

  10. Sarah Elinesky on October 20, 2015 at 8:46 am

    how much space (height wise) is there between the floor and the underside of the bench? Can I fit baskets for storage under the bench?

    • Jax on July 24, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Yes you can. They are about 18 3/4″ tall. Clearance under the bench frame is about 16 1/2″.

  11. Jack Shannon on July 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    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?

    • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmid on May 3, 2016 at 8:01 am

      I would look into shimming. But instead of shimming on the bottom (like we do with napkins at a restaurant table) you could instead shim where the legs meet the bottom side of the bench this way it is “un-seen”.

      • Jax on July 24, 2018 at 8:37 am

        I also had one of the outside legs that was a little wobbly. So I squeezed in some wood glue, in the stubborn gap along the frame and next to the 4×4, and stuck in a shim. I used a perfectly sized scrap from squaring off a 2×4 then used a razor knife to score the wood so that it would snap off where I wanted it. It worked beautifully. No more wobble.

  12. Matt on June 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

    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?

  13. Vee Charbonneau on May 29, 2015 at 10:04 am

    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.

  14. Renata Shaw-Marshall on May 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

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

    • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmid on May 3, 2016 at 7:56 am

      You could follow the plans that are above but just cut the length of the boards down to size. (So instead of having a 96″ board you could cut it down to 63″)

  15. Nicole Booth on April 18, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Love the table and benches. What is the length?

    • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmid on May 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

      About 100 inches. Just over 8 feet long

  16. Jim Sileo on February 21, 2015 at 10:10 am

    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!

  17. Chen Lee on January 3, 2015 at 10:53 pm

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

  18. Jami Feldmann on October 6, 2014 at 8:29 am

    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?

  19. Corey on September 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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


  20. Katie Archibald on September 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

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

    • Granny Deb on July 9, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      How about a table clothe Kate

  21. Broc patine et Compagnie on July 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    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.


  22. Susan Grens Hubbard on June 23, 2014 at 10:52 am

    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 on June 23, 2014 at 11:02 am

      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 on June 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

        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 🙂


  23. Cecilia on June 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

    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 on June 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

      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 🙂

      • Tara Behmer on November 30, 2015 at 9:59 pm

        Where did you purchase this rug from and curious on the size? My husband just built me this table and I love it! Thanks for your awesome plans!

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