Putting Together A Black Lutyens Bench at Home Can Be a Fun Project

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How many of us would ever use kits to build outdoor furniture?  As long as the kit appears to be relatively high quality, then I ask myself "why not"?  Building a four-foot wide Lutyens style bench last Saturday turned out to be much easier for me to accomplish than I had initially thought.  


Also, these benches are of relatively high quality.  Fortunately, Lewis Ginter Botantical Garden in Richmond Virginia sells these unassembled benches in boxes, and I also happened to be able to take advantage of the 15 % off "March Madness" sale available to members during last month.  I really enjoy taking advantage of those member discounts when possible!


Here's the fully assembled Lutyens bench.

Above is my fully assembled four-foot wide black Lutyens bench that sits under porch ceiling.


Secondly, the wood used for this furniture had an environmental perk that attracted my attention.  The Forest Stewardship Council happened to certify this particular wood source, so that helped me feel better that no rainforests were destroyed to produce any of these furniture pieces!


Below is a tag found in the box of bench pieces, so I think having well-managed forests with environmental considerations is wonderful.  There are 10 principles that the Forest Stewardship Council follows that also are consistent with my overall general value of conservation.


Here's the familiar logo found on a Forest Stewardship Council tag.

Above is the familiar logo and along with the website for the Forest Stewardship Council.


Would you ever put together your own outdoor furniture?  Actually, as you will see by the instructions below, the steps are fairly easy.  It just takes some patience and attention to detail to notice which pieces fit together.  (Somehow I also think these are good qualities for real estate professionals to have, too!)  While I noticed that most of the wood pieces were labeled, a few of them lacked a label sticker.  Fortunately, using some careful observation of the pieces helps.


Here are assembly instructions for Lutyens bench.

Above are the easy-to-follow instructions used to put together the Lutyens bench.


Why assemble a wood bench at home?  Here are three of my reasons:


  • Do-It-Yourself or DIY projects offer a feeling of accomplishment for the homeowner.
  • Products may cost less being purchased unassembled, and are easier to transport oneself or ship home in more compact boxes.
  • Many unassembled furniture products have very high quality and may contain environmentally responsible materials.


Are you considering doing a project on your own like putting together a bench?  Before starting any project, consider the skill level and cost required to complete the task.  Remember time also is money.


If you know that the job would not require a trained professional, also consider any potential safety concerns.  As long as you know you would be fully qualified and able to assemble a piece of outdoor furniture, then also consider any tools required to complete the assembly and you own skill level.  As long as you follow these simple guidelines, then I would at least consider making the investment in an outdoor furniture kit!


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Comments (9)

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I've got to say Andrew that is a very attractive bench.  Did it come pre-painted?  Or, did you paint it after assembling???

Apr 01, 2014 07:48 PM
Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Piedmont Real Estate - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green

Thanks for your comments above, Lenn.  Yes, the wood pieces for the bench already came painted black in the box.  I like the quality of the black glossy paint, and having pre-painted pieces saves a lot of time!

Apr 01, 2014 11:08 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Thanks Andrew.  I'm going to try to find these in my area.  I need deck furniture and don't want unpainted pieces.

Apr 02, 2014 01:46 AM
Whitney Watson
First Heritage Mortgage - Henrico, VA

Andrew, what a great find! I am a fan of DIY projects and would most certainly opt for a project like this--and bonus if it can be delivered right to my door. A piece this size wouldn't fit in my car if it came assembled.

Apr 02, 2014 02:49 AM
Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Piedmont Real Estate - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green

Thanks to you both for your feedback.  Purchasing a piece of assembled furniture sometimes can mean having to rent a truck to pick up the item or paying extra for shipping!

Apr 02, 2014 05:20 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Andrew,

Well done, that is a very attractive bench...you have skills! 

Apr 07, 2014 12:13 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Andrew, Good for you tackling this project. I wouldn't be afraid to make this and I would feel really proud of the finished project

Apr 07, 2014 01:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nice work. This provides another good reason to visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, one of our favorite places.

Apr 07, 2014 10:27 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

You make these direction look quite easy. Enjoy your bench for many years to come.


May 31, 2014 01:10 PM