How to Build an Arbor with Built-in Benches

Shade, privacy and seating for your deck or patio

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Circular saw
  • Tape measure
  • Miter box
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Drill bit set
  • Countersink drill bit
  • One-handed bar clamps
  • Framing square
  • Paint roller
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses

See the Materials List in “Additional Information” at the end of the Step-by-Step section.

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