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.
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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.
Looking for more? Check out our top 100 2×4 Projects, sorted by the number of boards the project requires.
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!
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 😉
2×4 Projects for Porches, Patios & Decks
This 2×4 outdoor bench features a back for extra support.
You’ll also enjoy: 15 Beautiful 2×4 Benches
Build an easy 2×4 outdoor side table to hold your drinks.
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!
2×4 Projects for Storage & Organizing
A couple of 2x4s and a couple of dowels make this easy 2×4 towel ladder a cinch.
Build an entire bathroom vanity from 2x4s! This would also be a great work surface or craft table.
You’ll also enjoy: 20 Easy 2×4 Storage Shelves Ideas
Add a 2×4 shelf anywhere with an easy hanging shelf.
Get the storage solution you need from a handful of 2x4s to build a nightstand, small media table, or end table.
Display and organize your favorite blankets on this easy 2×4 blanket ladder.
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.
The diagonal boards make this 2×4 coffee table look complicated (but it’s not).
Build a chic long console table…
or a truss style farmhouse desk…
or a 2×4 upholstered bench for the end of the bed….
or a gorgeous modern truss sofa table or dining room buffet/console table.
Build this darling house bed for kids from (mostly) 2x4s!
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.
Build a 2×4 outdoor couch to fit premade cushions and save a bundle on patio furniture!
An easy hanging planter stand lets you add flowers wherever you want on your porch.
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.
Staggered 2×4 boards give this easy square planter a modern look!
Build an outdoor patio set with a 2×4 patio chair and loveseat.
This smart 2×4 project uses a cement paver to make a sturdy and durable outdoor side table.
Every garden needs a bench! Build this easy DIY wood project in a weekend.
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!
or a chic but easy phone charging station.
One 2×4 makes for a stylish mirror holder in this bathroom!
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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Originally published 07.03.2017 // Updated 02.21.2020
Clarissa is a wife and stepmom embracing life in the Land of Enchantment. She works as a nonprofit communication specialist by day and blogger by night. Some of her favorite things are Dr. Pepper, green chile, baseball, country music, and her yellow lab.