I have dragged this Cinder Block Bench Project on long enough, LOL. I am almost done with it. Just need to sew a few more pillows to add some color and the bench will be finished! This weekend I made the chevron print pillows. It was fun!
|More fabrics to sew!|
~ June 29, 2013 ~
~ June 23, 2013 ~
This is the beginnings of a small project on the first floor patio just outside of the living room window using 17 cinder blocks and 2 half blocks from the hardware store. I would have the supplies to finish it if my favorite fabric store was open today. When it is completed I will post an update with details.
~ Update October 9, 2016 ~
The dimension of the bench is roughly 8 feet wide by 2 feet deep and 19 inches tall including the pad (a comfortable height for sitting). Specifically, 7'10 inches wide by 1' 11.5" deep.
The concrete blocks don't really shift and if they do I just tap it back in place with my hand so the bench is pretty sturdy if you sit on it and stand up from it as you normally would with any patio furniture. But we don't have children who may jump on and off of it.
I used 16 concrete blocks (8 inch x 8 inch x 16 inch) and 2 concrete blocks that are half the size (8 inch x 8 inch x 8 inch). If you look at the last photo, you can see where I used the half size concrete block.
The foam, I got from a fabric store and they cut it to the dimensions that I needed which is half the width and dept of the bench so each foam piece is just under 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep. I purchased high density foam, fit for indoor furniture, but less dense and more economical foam for outdoor furniture would work just fine.
Filling the concrete blocks with sand (or small stones/pebbles) may be a good idea so the blocks don't shift. I haven't joined the blocks together because I have not decided where I like to position the bench permanently. I have found over the years that spiders make webs inside the cavities of the concrete blocks and somehow, animals make nests where I store the firewood. That said, you may want to set up the bench away from the house and filling the cavities with pebbles/stone may crowd out the livable space for pests.