Add both function and beauty to your deck by building this bench with planters.
Some deck planters are wood containers that actually hold soil. Others serve as decorative containers into which you can place potted plants. The type shown here combines the features of both: an attractive planter box that holds a large plastic tub with holes in the bottom for drainage.
Tubs are available at garden or home centers. Another option is to order a galvanized liner from a sheet metal shop; the liner can be custom-made to fit any size planter.
Whichever type of planter you choose to make, be sure water can drain freely out the bottom and plan where that water will go. Drained water trapped in a cavity below the planter could cause decking to rot. Most decorative plants need less than 1 foot of soil depth. Rather than loading a tall planter with unnecessary soil, build a shelf inside.
A bench is even easier to build than a planter. A platform that is 16 inches wide and 17 inches high will be comfortable for most people.
Expect to spend several hours building two planters and a bench. You'll need to be able to measure and cut boards, plus fasten them with nails or screws. Before you begin, purchase a liner and design a planter to fit around it.