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Man stacks cinder blocks then adds one more item to make modern bench for his yard

May 3rd, 2021

These days, you’ll find the price of outdoor furniture quite shocking.

If you are thinking of investing in additional seating options for your back deck, you need to be prepared to spend hundreds of dollars. If your budget is tight, that can be a huge problem.

Fortunately, there are DIY options you can turn to.

If you want to improve your outdoor living space without burning holes in your wallet, then make your own outdoor furniture!

Now, you don’t necessarily have to be highly skilled with DIY projects to make one. There are tons of guides online and a quick search can lead you to hundreds of results.

Adam Holman’s guide on making a cinder block bench is going viral on the internet.

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And there’s a good reason for that. Apart from being easy, the materials required for the project are quite cheap, too.

To get started, you need to prepare the following:

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  • 6 4×4 posts
  • 14 cinder blocks
  • 2 to 3 pillows
  • 3 to 4 cushions

The steps:

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1. To get started, you need to find a level area.
2. There, lay 2 cinder blocks. Place them next to each other.3. Add the second layer. You can use a PL900 construction adhesive to properly bond the blocks together.

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4. Next, add layer 3. Make sure to do this in the opposite direction to allow the blocks to slide through the holes.
5. Layer 4 will serve as your backrest. They need to be bonded upright.

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6. Then, slide the 4x4s through the holes in the cinder blocks.

To finalize, check the distance of the posts sticking outside the blocks. Make sure that they are equal. Once you’re done with that, you can start adding the cushions and pillows.

The video has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.

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A lot of the people who have watched the guide found it super helpful. Most of them have followed the steps and came up with really beautiful cinder block benches.

One of the viewers shared:

“I did 2 benches with arm rests for my firepit area. They cost 41.00 each. You won’t find good outdoor furniture for that price that will last like these will.”

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Another one said:

“I just complete this project and used construction adhesive. It looks great in the space I have been wanting to do something with for the longest time.”

Why make outdoor furniture?

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By now, you’re probably thinking: Why do I need to make a cinder bench at home?

These days, most of us are not allowed to leave our homes. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no way for us to enjoy the outdoors. If you have extra space in your backyard, use it.

The fresh air you’ll get is good for your body. Being close to nature can help ease stress and make you feel calmer, too. And if you are working from home, you’ll find working outdoor a great boost in your productivity and focus.

Additionally, good outdoor furniture can also improve your home’s appearance. The things you spread in your yard are the first things people see when they get inside your property. That’s a good reason to make a nice piece and create a good impression.

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Source: YouTube-Cottage Life, Belairdirect

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