How To Build Deck Seating
Creative individuals can add easy-to-build wooden bench deck seating to any yard deck project. The installation of a wooden deck along the entire perimeter of the structure will enhance its beauty and practicality. Bench deck seating is an excellent solution for accommodating larger numbers of people when having that backyard barbecue or other entertainment event. Follow these construction guidelines to create a great deck accessory.
Step 1: Bench Anchors
Holes need to be cut next to the deck joists to accommodate anchors for your deck benches. Cut these as squares placing them at least five feet apart along the entire perimeter.
Step 2: Post Placement
Using square posts, place one in each hole cut so they extend about 18 to 20 inches above the deck surface. Use braces to attach each post in place to the deck joisting. Create pre-drilled holes for easier and stronger bracing when using deck screws or bolts.
Step 3: Bench Frame
Install the deck seating frame by cutting wood to fit whatever shape you choose. Popular choice is an “L” shape. Cut the wood boards to follow the perimeter of the decking, attaching a top railing or “rung,” then a bottom rail. At 16-inch intervals, place studs on both the back and front rails connecting top and bottoms. Install diagonal rails where corners touch.
When designing your deck seating, pay attention to the seat depth in comparison to the usable deck surface space. However, always create a seat top just a bit wider than the frame. Doing this will allow for stapling fabric to the surface top by wrapping it under the seating lip to attach it. Also, you might want to cut out areas for table-like sections to place drinks or other items.
Step 4: Seating
Install the surface seat decking on top of the frame making sure the surface area remains flat. Secure seat decking with nails and then sand the entire surface area so it is smooth.
Before painting or staining, make sure to sand the entire deck seating surface area. Since this is a huge task, consider renting professional sanding equipment to make sure he job is doe efficiently and correctly. If you intend to leave the seating bare, make sure to apply a protective coating and or sealant after sanding the wood.
Step 5: Cushion Comfort or Not
Make sure to apply matching paint or stain before using a sealant or other protective coating to gain the desired look. An nice finishing touch that will provide guests and family with a greater level of comfort is decorative cushions placed on top of the deck seating. Choose cushions with tie-down attachments to secure the cushions to your desk seating. Make sure you purchase cushions that are designed and treated for outdoor deck and patio use and can be easily cleaned.