Outdoor Bench with Storage
This is an outdoor bench that I build for a recessed area of my back porch. I used 2x4 to create a frame. I used 3 inch screws to assemble the frame. I attach a 1x12 board to cover the front. I painted it white to go with the house. I cut a plywood section for the top and brought some cushion and fabric. I stapled the fabric to the bottom of the plywood to keep the cushion attach to the plywood. The plywood is not screw to the top of the bench so you can lift it up to storage garden stuffs inside. My wife absolutely loves this bench.
I agree with your wife, it's a great use of space.