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.

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

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