The Trusty Outdoor Storage Bench DIY

When it comes to storage, sometimes we all need a little interior help. Whether it’s kids paraphernalia or patio accessories, at one point they all need somewhere to stay organised and out of sight. So, when LivingSpace asked us to create projects for their January edition, we dove straight into a solution for outside! Use this outdoor storage bench building plan to make clutter disappear, and add superb seating too. Read on for a great weekend project to tackle before the end of the summer!

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Here’s what you need for an Outdoor Wooden Storage Bench

Difficulty: intermediate

Time: 6 – 8 hrs (with drying time)

For the frame

  • 4x 32mmx32mmx450mm pine batten
  • 8x 32mmx32mmx375mm pine batten
  • 4x 32mmx32mmx1700mm pine batten
  • 4x50mm wood screws
  • 8x 6x50mm nail-in anchors

For the cladding

  • 8x 94mmx19mmx450mm pine PAR
  • 4x 94mmx19mmx1800mm pine PAR
  • 4x40mm wood screws

For the Lid

  • 2x 32mmx32mmx1695mm pine batten
  • 4x 32mmx32mmx315mm pine batten
  • 4x 94mmx19mmx1800mm pine PAR
  • 4x40mm wood screws
  • 3x 50mm hinges
  • Outdoor wood varnish or paint to finish the project.


outdoor storage bench building plans


Assemble the frame as per the diagram above. Remember to drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from cracking!


Position the outdoor wooden storage bench against the wall where it is going to be installed. Use a 4mm drill bit to pilot holes 5cm from both the top and bottom of the four back uprights. Gently tap a nail into each hole to mark the position against the wall. Then remove the bench and drill the eight holes into the wall using a 6mm masonry bit.


Place the plugs into the holes in the wall, and then fix the bench to the wall by nailing the anchors through the wood into the plugged holes at the back. The bench should now be securely fitted.


Clad the front and sides of the bench with the pine slats. Start with the bottom slat on the front, and then add the slats on the sides making sure that they line up. Ensure that you get the subsequent rows straight by using a slat turned on its side as a guide.


Assemble the frame of the lid as shown. Then fit the lid to the base frame with the hinges. Then add the four slats to form the seat, again using a slat turned on its side as a guide.


Finish with two coats of outdoor varnish or paint. Allow drying time between coats and lightly sand before applying the second coat to ensure the best result.


That’s it! Now you can place outdoor cushions on the bench, get ambient lights, lie down and relax! Or, start making your floating drink holders for later!

Happy making!

The Best Little Gadget to Get Rid of Flies This Summer

I live on a farm with a rather large selection of random animals: horses, dogs, stray cats, geese and goats. And these are just the ones we know about. While this is lovely, it means that the moment the cool of winter evaporates, flies become a part of our daily lives. I have tried everything to get rid of flies from fly traps (they fill up so fast that it makes me cringe to think how many more there are) to bug spray (we can’t spray the whole farm) but none of my efforts had a lasting effect to gett rid of flies.

Inside the house, I’ve found that fans are ideal. We have a fan over the kitchen table which keeps them off our food and prep areas. But having outdoor meals were still an issue until I saw these clever little gadgets last year on a trip to the Vaal River.


The Best Little Gadget to Get Rid Of Flies

Shoo-away is an Auzzie-invention that takes over the flailing of hands by literally shooing away flies. They come in white, red, and black and because of their small design and simple lines, they are at home in any table setting.

PS: if you want to see how I made these pretty little side plates, click here!


The soft blades rotate unobtrusively while you are eating or preparing food outdoors. The energy efficient motor, powered by two AA batteries, comes to a soft touch should a finger get in the way. It is 100% chemical free and will keep your food fly-free in a 60-90cm radius, meaning two units are sufficient for a 6 – 8 seater table. The units are quite pricey, but once you have them you won’t know how you ever entertained without them.

Shoo-away also claims that the patented holographmatic disks on the tips further act as a fly- and bee repellent. Being naturally nosy, I wanted to know what exactly that means. Here’s a little video to explain. (I got this from ShooAway USA – it’s corny, but it explains the principle!)

Whether the flies really see the holographmatic dots as light sabers, I am unable to confirm (no flies were available for comment). But I do know that I spent an entire afternoon at a dining table in the garden without any flies ruining the festivities. And of course the kids loved playing with the table helicopters as well!


Shoo-Away is a must for any outdoor entertaining this summer, and it makes a great gift as well. Click here to order yours!

Happy Entertaining!

While the Shoo-Aways were given to me to try, the opinions in this post are entirely my own. g