20 Easy DIY 2×4 Wood Projects

There are so many DIY 2×4 projects to choose from, but we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorites for you to try. From benches and tables to shelving and plant stands, you’re sure to find an easy DIY wood project or two you’ll love.

For even more ideas, please explore our entire 2x4andMore wood project collection of projects that use readily available construction grade lumber, including the reader-favorite farmhouse side table and garden arbor wedding arch

Simple 2x4 Wood Projects On Remodelaholic

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DIY 2×4 Projects

A 2×4 board is the most commonly used lumber for construction and framing, which also makes 2x4s the best readily available and affordable (cheap!) boards for DIYers and woodworkers looking for an easy DIY wood project on a budget.


Tip: 2×4 studs are cheaper than #2 or other 2x4s, but may not be as straight. Read our tips here for picking the best cheap boards for woodworking.

Even with fluctuating and rising lumber prices, 2x4s are still an economical way to build furniture or home decor that is strong and durable, at a fraction of the cost of buying new. Use the scraps to build these small scrap wood DIY projects that require one board or less!

These easy DIY woodworking projects are built primarily from 2×4 boards, with a few that use 2×6 boards or other small scrap pieces of smaller boards or plywood.

To ensure your DIY 2×4 project turns out great, be sure to read these tips for working with 2x4s, from choosing a good board to nails vs screws and preventing the boards from cracking.

Easy DIY Wood Projects with 2x4s

2×4 Projects for the Garage & Workshop

Build the perfect easy stepstool for the garage — and this DIY 2×4 project doubles as bar stools seating at our table saw workbench, too!

Build A Hoosier Step Stool DIY Bar Stool Step Ladder Combo Using 2x4s #remodelaholic
2×4 Stool to Step Ladder | Remodelaholic

This easy spice organizer will also come in handy organizing garage cabinets — especially if you are old school and organize nuts and bolts in old spice containers 😉

3 Tier Spice Rack With Labeled Spices, a 2x4 wood project on Remodelaholic
Simple Tiered Cabinet Organizer // Hertoolbelt for Remodelaholic

2×4 Projects for Porches, Patios & Decks

This 2×4 outdoor bench features a back for extra support.

2x4 Wood Project, Bench by Virginia Sweet Pea
DIY 2×4 Bench // Sweet Pea

You’ll also enjoy: 15 Beautiful 2×4 Benches

Build an easy 2×4 outdoor side table to hold your drinks.

Toni 2x4 Side Table by Home Soul on Remodelaholic
2×4 Outdoor Table // Small Home Soul

Can’t decide if you’d rather have a 2×4 picnic table or a 2×4 outdoor bench? This is both!

This takes the cake for cutest easy DIY 2×4 project: a picnic table for big kids, that looks like a boat!

This easy DIY wood project gives this bench the look of half-lap overlapping Xs for extra style points, using beginner skills!

2x4 Wood Projects, bench by Her Tool Belt
DIY Double X Bench Plans // Her Tool Belt

2×4 Projects for Storage & Organizing

A couple of 2x4s and a couple of dowels make this easy 2×4 towel ladder a cinch.

2x4 wood project, towel ladder from Remodelaholic
Easy Towel Ladder // Twelve Oaks on Remodelaholic

 Build an entire bathroom vanity from 2x4s! This would also be a great work surface or craft table.

2x4 Wood Projects, DIY open shelf vanity by H20 Bungalow
DIY Open Shelf Vanity // H20 Bungalow

You’ll also enjoy: 20 Easy 2×4 Storage Shelves Ideas

Add a 2×4 shelf anywhere with an easy hanging shelf.

2x4 Wood Projects, floating nightstand by The Weathered Fox
DIY Hanging Nightstand // The Weathered Fox

Get the storage solution you need from a handful of 2x4s to build a nightstand, small media table, or end table.

2x4 Wood Projects, end table or wooden cart by Infarrantly Creative
DIY Farmhouse End Table Cart // Infarrantly Creative

Display and organize your favorite blankets on this easy 2×4 blanket ladder.

2x4 Wood Project, blanket ladder by A Turtle's Life For Me
DIY 2×4 Blanket Ladder // A Turtle’s Life for Me

Farmhouse 2×4 Furniture Projects

Whether you’re looking to build an entry bench, side table, coffee table, console table — 2x4s make these furniture projects strong and sturdy, and cheap to build.

The two-tone finish with stained wood and paint gives it farmhouse style, but you could paint or stain these any color to fit your vibe.

2x4 Wood Project, simple wooden bench by The Creative Mom
DIY 2×4 Farmhouse Bench // The Creative Mom

The diagonal boards make this 2×4 coffee table look complicated (but it’s not).

Sarah Diy 2x4 Coffee Table The Ugly Duckling House
15-Minute Coffee Table | The Ugly Duckling House

Build a chic long console table…

2x4 Wood Projects, sofa table by A Turtle's Life For Me (table)
DIY Farmhouse Console Table // A Turtle’s Life for Me

or a truss style farmhouse desk…

2x4 Wood Projects, wooden desk by A Turtle's Life For Me
DIY Desk from 2x4s // A Turtle’s Life for Me

or a 2×4 upholstered bench for the end of the bed….

2x4 Wood Projects, upholstered bench by Anika's DIY Life
DIY Upholstered X-Bench // Anika’s DIY Life

or a gorgeous modern truss sofa table or dining room buffet/console table.

2x4 Wood Projects, DIY console table sofa table by Fix This Build That
DIY Truss Sofa Table // Fix This Build That

Build this darling house bed for kids from (mostly) 2x4s!

Home Kimprovements Twin House Bed Frame With Rainbow Shiplap Wall, Twin Bed Plans By Remodelaholic WM
House Frame Twin Bed Frame // Hertoolbelt for Remodelaholic
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Outdoor DIY 2×4 Projects

Easy DIY wood projects built from 2x4s are a great fit for outdoors, from planters to benches and outdoor furniture.

Be sure to stain or paint with an outdoor finish, or use redwood 2x4s for natural weather-resistant lumber.

This tiered plant stand is the perfect easy DIY wood project for the corner of your porch.

2x4 wood projects, plant stand by Morgan McBride
Tiered Corner Plant Stand | Charleston Crafted

Build a 2×4 outdoor couch to fit premade cushions and save a bundle on patio furniture!

2x4 Wood Projects, outdoor sofa by Life On Virginia Street
DIY Outdoor Couch // Life on Virginia Street

An easy hanging planter stand lets you add flowers wherever you want on your porch.

2x4 Wood Projects, hanging plant stand by The Weathered Fox
DIY Hanging Plant Stand // The Weathered Fox

You’ll also enjoy: 50 Outdoor 2×4 Wood Projects to Build

Add more fun to your backyard party with an easy 2×4 jumbo tic tac toe game.

Ginger, Tic Tac Toe Board At GingerSnapCrafts.com
Jumbo Tic Tac Toe // Ginger Snap Crafts

Staggered 2×4 boards give this easy square planter a modern look!

2x4 Wooden Planter by Our House Now a Home
Easy 2×4 Planter | Our House Now a Home

Build an outdoor patio set with a 2×4 patio chair and loveseat.

2x4 Wood Projects, outdoor seating by Her Tool Belt
DIY Outdoor Seating // Her Tool Belt

This smart 2×4 project uses a cement paver to make a sturdy and durable outdoor side table.

2x4 Wood Projects, concrete top outdoor side table by Fix This Build That
DIY Outdoor Side Table // Fix This Build That

Every garden needs a bench! Build this easy DIY wood project in a weekend.

2x4 Wood Projects, bench by The Creative Mom
DIY Sturdy Garden Bench // The Creative Mom

Scrap Wood DIY 2×4 Projects

Once you start building, scraps pile up fast! Use them up with this 2×4 scrap project….

like wooden play food for the kids!

2x4 Wood Projects That's My Letter
DIY 2×4 Play Food // That’s My Letter

or a chic but easy phone charging station.

2x4 wood projects, DIY modern wooden phone stand on Remodelaholic.
Designer Style Phone Charging Station // Home Made by Carmona on Remodelaholic

One 2×4 makes for a stylish mirror holder in this bathroom!

Modern Bathroom Round Sunrise Floating Mirror DIY, Woodshop Diaries Featured On @remodelaholic (2)
Modern Sunrise Floating Mirror // Woodshop Diaries on Remodelaholic
DIY High Incline Treadmill by Practical and Pretty
DIY Treadmill Incline // Practical and Pretty

BRAG TIME: If you’ve built an easy DIY wood project or DIY 2×4 project, send us a pic! We love seeing your projects! Be sure to leave a comment below and use the hashtags #2x4andMore and #imaremodelaholic to be featured on Instagram.

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20 Easy DIY 2x4 Wood Projects Remodelaholic

Originally published 07.03.2017 // Updated 02.21.2020


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  1. This collection of DIY wood projects is very inspiring. I really like the hanging nightstand and the open shelf vanity. It looks so fun to make. Thanks for sharing this.