This reclaimed barn wood bench is simple to create. No woodworking skills required. Of course you can get as creative or fancy as you like, but I chose to go simple and rustic. The nice thing about using reclaimed barn wood is that the wood's finish and patina lends itself to many design styles. I tend to lean toward a rustic-industrial fusion of sorts and this piece fits in seamlessly.
A simple barn beam bench uniquely replaces
a console table in this living room entry.
This barn wood bench is actually one large chunky barn beam which has been placed upon two reclaimed concrete chimney blocks (placed upright). The old blocks were outside for years and exposed to the elements, so they have their own aged character that coordinates well with the barn wood.
Reclaimed wood and concrete block
establish this eco-friendly design.
Using reclaimed wood has become quite popular in recent years with the movement toward green design. Whether purchasing new furniture that has been artfully crafted from reclaimed timber or creating your own one-of-a-kind piece with found barn wood, you are helping the environment by eliminating waste.
Use this idea for a coffeetable or
use the beam as a fireplace mantel.
This barn wood bench was originally going to be a coffeetable, so keep that idea in mind as well. Using the barn beam as a bar-height table or bar was also top on my list for its reuse. However, the beam seemed a bit narrow for a tabletop-type surface for dishes and plates. The idea for tall legs was also problematic as I would have wanted chunky wood legs with a similar finish.
|TIP: Weathered outdoor landscaping beams are GREAT for this use and provide that chunky, rustic look. Something to consider for another table project.|
A collection of salt-glazed crocks
display perfectly on this piece.
Finding barn wood is relatively simple. The best source is Craigslist; search under the free, for sale, and farm/garden sections. Sometimes you can get it for free if you help dismantle the building. Beams sold by the piece are probably your best bet, as you'll end up with some quality pieces that have already been removed.
Vertically placed chimney blocks provide
functional interest with their hollow centers.
Whether new or old, using chimney block like this provides a bit more interest than regular cinder blocks. However, use cinder block or even stacked brick if that is what you have on hand. Be creative!
Rusted and weather tools and implements
accompany this bench with unique style.
If you consider helping with a building tear-down or are allowed to pull free pieces, be on the lookout for other rustic items such as old windows (See these old window ideas), barn doors, and barn door hardware such as pulleys, handles and hinges. These items can be decoratively repurposed.
Whether used as a bench or a table,
this barn wood will be a conversation topic.
Depending on your decor and accessories, this piece will work with many design styles: rustic, shabby chic, modern, industrial, farm house, and country. The wood can be sanded, stained, and finished for more refinement depending on your style direction. Be on the lookout for these unique pieces and create a personalized barn wood bench of your very own.