Bench from $15 shelf unit

We couldn’t find a modern outdoor bench for the patio so we built one from a Hyllis shelf.

Modern outdoor benchHyllis shelf $14.99


I assembled shelf as normal with one exception, I moved last shelf down to very bottom of stays.  Had to drill new holes.

Then added plywood on all sides.

Foam on top of plywood.

Besta legs.

Sewed fabric and stapled to bottom plywood.


Shelf 15
Lumber 30
Foam 20 on sale
Fabric  can’t remember
Legs 20

In case you want measurements (in inches)


top and bottom: 55 7/8 by 24 3/8

ends: 10 5/8 by 23 5/8

sides: 55 7/8 by 10 5/8


top: 56 x 24 3/4  x 3  bought a larger piece and trimmed using a hand saw – to get a smooth cut, it’s best to score first, and then make 1 inch deep cuts three times instead of trying to cut through all 3 inches at once