How to Build Outdoor Furniture for Growing Kids How to Build Outdoor Furniture for Growing Kids

What You'll Need
Weather-resistant wood
3-inch deck screws
Circular saw
Paint or stain

Kids’ outdoor furniture must be durable for two reasons: It must endure the weather, and it must stand up to your children's use. This article explains how you can build kids' outdoor furniture that is sturdy.

Step 1 – Measure Out the Wood

Figure out how long and tall you want the bench to be. Get creative here and really let your design take shape. An average might be 6 to 8 feet for length and about 3 to 3 1/2 feet for the width. As for the height of the bench, about 1 1/2 to 2 feet should be sufficient for the youngest or smallest child to get up on.

Step 2 – Cut the Wood for Your Kids' Outdoor Furniture

If you have a circular saw at home, you can begin by cutting the wood according to your measurements. What you are actually building here is just a big box that your kids can sit and play on. You can usually take the wood to a hardware store to have it cut if you cannot do it yourself.

Step 3 – Prepare the Pieces for Assembly

Lay the pieces out. This layout should be rectangular in shape, as most benches are. Make sure that all the wood is sanded down so that there will be no splinters. No nails are required for this project, so you don’t have to worry about nails sticking out.

Step 4 – Weatherproof Your Kids' Outdoor Furniture

Treat the wood with a weatherproof stain or paint. If you delay this step until after you finish constructing the bench, you may encounter difficulty in painting certain areas of the bench, namely the corners. After painting the wood, leave it to dry in a cool, dry area with a roof above, just in case bad weather comes.

Step 5 – Drill the Screw Holes

After the wood dries, you can begin to drill the holes where the screws will go. You have the option of drilling two to four holes (your discretion) along the edge of the boards. Measure and mark these holes before you drill them because adequate spacing will provide the necessary support for the bench.

Step 6 – Start Assembling the Bench

Put the back board in place; attach the bottom board and screw it in firmly. Once that is done, attach the sides to the back and bottom board. Once they are firmly secured, attach the front panel and screw it in. At this point, you should have a long wooden box.

Step 7 – Install Hinges (If Desired)

You can now drill additional holes along the back board for the hinges. Again, please make sure you measure and space the holes evenly to ensure correct placement. Always keep your plans nearby.

Step 8 – Finish Your Kids' Outdoor Furniture

For the top of the bench, you have the option cutting some of the wood for the same length as the front, back and sides of the bench, but this must be around 3 to 4 inches in height, as this is where you will attach the final board. Drill the necessary holes and put the screws in as with the other boards. Then attach the top of the bench to the hinges.

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