Sunday, July 07, 2013

Mini Patio Project - Cinder Block Bench

~ July 7, 2013 ~

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!

cinder block bench

finished cinder block bench

More fabrics to sew!


~ June 29, 2013 ~

Outdoor fabric..foam...plywood.
Fold over the fabric and staple.

Fold over the corners and staple.
Done!
I now have seat cushions.
Each pad lifts up to reveal hidden storage underneath for wood, bags of charcoal, lighter fluid, or even the pillow cushions (I have yet to sew).
Sit back...or lie back and enjoy!!


~ 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.

15 comments:

JoeinVegas said...

Fabric store? Looks like you also need some concrete.

JoeinVegas said...

Looks nice finished! And it works!

Anonymous said...

You should do a thin stucco coat on the block. I think it would greatly enhance the look
- Mark

Daly said...

That's a good idea Mark! I also thought about staining the cinder blocks with concrete stain. How was your vacation?!

Anonymous said...

Stain would still leave the seams, I think the stucco would make is more uniform and consistent. Vacation was great...nice to get a way for a while. Michelle and I both greatly improved our tan lines (or should I say "reduced")

Kris Stringfellow said...

This looks fabulous! I love the yellow. What are the final dimensions of the bench if you don't mind me asking? Thank you for sharing#

Anonymous said...

What were the dimensions?

Jennifer Argall said...

Sir, I love this bench. I'm looking to make one similar for my sons birthday party. Will you please tell me where I can find foam similar to what you used!? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you~~Jen

Unknown said...


How well did this hold up? I'm building one now but I'm getting some backlash, the the cinder blocks will move & blah Blah blah.

PRECIOUS said...

Hi! I loved you bench and I was wondering how much did you spend...and what kind of cinder blocks did you use like is it the standard? should I get a lightweight or normal ones? And if you still have it whats the dimensions?
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would say to fill the blocks with sand or a light gravel to keep the blocks from moving.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this! If you're worried about the blocks shifting you can try Great Stuff expanding foam. I wouldn't try to fill the blocks entirely. Just enough to bond the blocks. - Alf Argent

Ryan and Nicole said...

Where do you get the foam? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

You can get concrete adhesive that you apply using a caulking gun.

Daly said...

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 in place with my hand. 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.