Sarah Biren
Sarah Biren
April 18, 2017 ·  3 min read

16 Fun and Fancy Ways to Use Cinder Blocks Around Your Home and Garden

Think back to your adolescence for a moment. Did any of you ever have that one teacher in school who could make a brick sound interesting? How about a cinder block? Because that’s what were here to show you today. We can’t take credit for being the teacher-equivalents of making bricks sound and look interesting, but we are more than happy to be the messengers.

Many of us love thinking of new DIY home projects that will make your home that much more yours. But getting started can be tough, never mind the cost that projects like these tend to rack up. That’s where cinder blocks into play. They’re relatively inexpensive and you’d be amazed at how versatile the oddly shaped pieces of cement can be.

DIY Cinder Block Projects for Inside and Outside Your Home

Pallet of Concrete Cinder Blocks, Grey Uniformed brick Shapes building material. New for use on construction site in europe
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We hope you find a cinder block project you like or at least one that helps get your creative juices flowing!

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1. Comfy Bench

cinder bench
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Whether it’s in front of your house, behind it, or in it, this bench is a sturdy yet comfy place to settle down after a day of work.

2. Bed Frame

bed base
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Tired of broken bed frame slats? It’ll be a more permanent fixture but if you’re ready for a lifelong bedframe, these cinder blocks have you covered.

3. Entertainment Center

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Space out some cinder blocks, lay a solid flat surface on top of them, and set up your one-stop shop for entertainment.

4. Simple Fence

cinder fence
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Want to section a part of your backyard for a garden or something like that? Place long pieces of wood through the holes of the cinder blocks to create a simple, rustic-looking fence.

5. Fire Pit

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You’ll be staying out later and using your backyard more once this cinder block fire pit is set up! It looks real elegant, too.

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6. Flower Pots

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Let your green thumb grow wild with these makeshift square-shaped flower pots. We hear they have great drainage!

7. Hanging Vertical Planter

vertical cinder pots
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This design can add a whole new dimension and feel to your backyard. What’s so great about it is that it’s also self-supporting.

8. Kindling Stacker

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Remember that cinder block fire pit you’re going to start building as soon as you can? This kindling stacker is its perfect match.

9. Ottoman and Side Table

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If you want to give your home a more industrial feel, variations of these options are sure to do the trick.

10. Outdoor Kitchen Counter

outdoor cinder kitchen table
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Bring the kitchen outside with this simple cinder block setup right next to the BBQ. Everything’s in one spot – what more could you ask for?

11. Patio Sofa

outdoor sofa
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Cozy up to your loved one with this comfy patio sofa. You only need two materials and your comfiest pillows!

12. Raised Garden Bed

cinder raised garden
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You can use this raised garden bed simply for aesthetic or to grow your favorite herbs, spices, or vegetables!

13. Shelving Units

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Whenever you’re in need of more shelving, cinder blocks can always come in handy. They provide a sturdy surface for the most sentimental knickknacks to your new work desk.

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14. Bedside Table

bedside conder table
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Cinder blocks give you a solid surface and maximize your storage. Decorate it with plants, lamps, books – anything you want!

15. Sofa Bed

cinder sofa bed
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Is your kid’s room, the spare room, or the front hall missing something? Maybe it’s this sofa bed that also comes with free shoe storage! Just give the blocks a fresh layer of pain and get cozy on your new reading nook.

16. Steps

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Spruce up the side of your house with a nice walkway leading to your backyard! Using cinder blocks like this creates what seem like naturally-occurring steps.

That should about cover the next few DIY home projects for you and your family! Who knew cinder blocks could be so versatile?

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