Making this bench is fun and pretty easy. These particular benches were made specifically to fit the table at our Home for the Holidays party (you can see them peeping out here in Liz’s table setting post on HGTV’s Design Happens), but the design can be easily adapted to accommodate a larger or smaller space.
The Bench Design
This particular bench is 18 3/4″ tall, 6′ long and 12″ deep. The bench top (the seat) and legs are made from 1 x 12 poplar. Because of the length, the side rails are 1 x 6 to support any weight in the middle — plus the height of the rails is 1/3 of the overall height of the bench making for visually pleasing proportions. For a shorter bench, a 1 x 4 could be used instead. The round holes in the legs are 6” from the bottom, which combined with the rail height, divides the legs into thirds (6 + 6 + 6 = 18). I used poplar for the bench because it is widely available in 12” widths and it is great for painting. The paint is General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. Being a traditional material, the Milk Paint lends to the timeless look and feel of the benches.