Use This Pergola Plan
For A Popular Garden Bench

Pergola plan

 for a bench which take you...

from a quiet reading spot one moment...

... to a children’s playground the next.

Jumping from bench to bench the young ones would grab the rafters, swing and have fun.

You can see how I built it with the help of some of my pergola photos.

Make the bench from a wide piece of timber. It can be 3/4" or better still 1" thick.

The piece I used was probably not wide enough at 10.5”. A little small for adults’ fat bums – no offence meant. Maybe 12” would have been better.

To get the right length for the seat, measure from outside of post to outside of post. Using a square, cut a slot at each end to fit snugly against each post.

Have you got a carpenter's square?  It's a must for accurate work. But if the posts are not...

 ... aligned properly don't worry - you may have to tweak your cut a bit. I confess I did.

To curve the corners draw a curve using an [empty] coffee mug. Sandpaper the edges to make the bench 'user friendly'.

Next decide on the height you want the seats.

I have used a different height for each - 15.5” and 20.5”.

For reading I prefer the lower bench. Caroline my partner is happy with the higher seat.

To support the bench screw a length of batten across the posts – leaving it 1” short of the post ends. Add another along the inside of each post.

Place the bench onto the battens and screw it down.

 Use a bracket at the ends to hide the batten. Use two 6" boards to support the back. Screw them to the back of the posts.

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