In just a few steps, we show you how to build your own tree bench and paint it perfectly.

Garden & Recreation Building a tree bench


Instructions for a tree bench

In just a few steps, build a eye catching feature for your garden. With your tree bench, you can create not just a cosy seating area for you to spend quality time with your family and friends, but you can also create a truly decorative piece.


Purchase the materials from the enclosed list. Draw a 10 x 10 cm grid on a board and transfer the outline of the side pieces from the enclosed sketch (left image). Cut out the parts using a jigsaw. Then sand and round off the edges. Coarsely cut the slats (35 mm x 55 mm), align them and draw on the centre point (right image).


Align at a 90-degree angle and using 1 cm spacer blocks (left image). Then draw on the overhang at a 30-degree angle. Place the wood for connecting the seating surface on the underside and first draw on the overhang and then cut it off (right image).


Before the seat slats are screwed to the seat connecting piece, glue must be applied. Then screw the slats into place (left image). Place the lath for the front edge of the seating surface in position and transfer the angles of the two angled sides.
Here too, glue must be applied before connecting the screws. The seat surfaces are glued to the side pieces and then screwed into place (right image). Tip: Use screw clamps to temporarily fix the parts in place. Round off the front seat edge with an electric sander.


Determine and then draw on the position of the slats for the backrest (left image).  Using a measuring tape or metre rule, measure out the long side of the slats for the backrest. Also determine the angle (30°) and inclination (3°). Shorten the slats for the backrest with a cross-cut at the ends at a 30° angle. Tip: Use a mitre saw. Glue in the slats and then screw them into place (right image).


Line the elements up next to each other and secure using a hand clamp. Drill the bench elements using an 8 mm wood drill bit (left image). Open up the pre-drilled hole from the other side using a 10 mm wood drill bit to a depth of approx. 2 cm. This is needed in order to be able to screw in the connecting sleeve later. The connecting sleeve is screwed in using a flat screwdriver (right image).


Open the tin containing the paint in the required colour using the stirrer included and align the suction pipe on the spray attachment so it is facing forwards. Fill paint up to the 3/4 mark on the paint container and dilute it. Place the stirrer against the base of the filled paint container. The distance between the notches represents a dilution of 10%.  Stir the paint well and carry out a test spray. The spray nozzle can be positioned in three different directions. A horizontal jet to work from top to bottom, vertical for right to left or selective for particularly intricate areas. The quantity of paint is full adjustable with the dial on the trigger.


Start with corners, edges and angles and then spray the surfaces.  Spray from the outside with a uniform distance over the slats. Only change the direction of spray outside the slats. This avoids a build-up of thicker layers of paint during direction changes. Tip: Since paint applied too thickly can cause drips, it is better to spray two thin coats. After spraying, allow the paint to dry in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.


Clean the spray attachment thoroughly with water or solvent after use.

List of materials

No.DescriptionDimensions (mm)MaterialComment
Side parts
12Side panels700 x 1200Plywood 24 mm
6Upper cross-beam362Squared timber 35 x 55
6Second cross-beam from the top380Squared timber 35 x 55
6Third cross-beam from the top390Squared timber 35 x 55
6Bottom cross-beam400Squared timber 35 x 55
Seating surface
6Rear seating board470Squared timber 35 x 55
6Second seating board555Squared timber 35 x 55
6Middle seating board635Squared timber 35 x 55
6Second seating board from the front785Squared timber 35 x 55
6Front seating board830Squared timber 35 x 55
6Support strip for cross-beam650Strip 20 x 20
12Connecting slats other370Squared timber 35 x 55
Construction glue or wood glue
Stainless steel wood screws
6Connecting sleeves M8
6Cross-head screw M8
Wood stain or similar


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