While cinder blocks are used primarily for building a basement or foundation for a house, you can use them for a variety of other creative projects. Whether you want to fix up your outdoor patio area with unique decorations, plant some flowers using out-of-the-box materials, or try another fun DIY project, cinder blocks allow you to make use of building materials in amazing new ways.
Check out these striking ways to use cinder blocks at home, inside and out.
1) Outdoor Staircase
Stack and scale cinder blocks to create a beautiful outdoor staircase.
2) Entertainment Center
Can’t find an entertainment center that’s quite right for your space? Make a customized one with cinder blocks. You’d spend hundreds paying for a customized one from a store.
3) Simple Outdoor Bench
Some cinder blocks, a few pieces of wood, and some pillows can come together to make an adorable, easy-to-make patio bench.
4) Garden Planters
Create a fantasy garden in your very own home with cinder blocks.
5) Bedside Table
Have you been looking for a bedside table? Grab three cinder blocks and you’re done!
6) Cinder Block BBQ Grill
You don’t have to buy an expensive grill to be able to barbecue. Use cinder blocks to create this awesome grill. Learn how to build one here.
7) Plant Potting Station
Build a potting station for you to pot and work on your plants. All you need are some cinder blocks and some wide boards.
8) Cinder Block Storage Shelf
Great for storing your plants or other items, a storage shelf requires just a few cinder blocks and shelving material sturdy enough to support the weight of what you want to store.
9) Succulent Plant Containers
Create an easily accessible area for your succulents, including cactuses and other dry climate plants. Simply turn the cinder blocks on their side and plant your succulents in dirt placed within.
Make any awesome book shelf with some plywood and two cinder blocks.
11) Outdoor Wall
If you’re looking for a little bit more privacy, you can build a wall with cinder blocks. You can even lay some horizontally to add a planter.
12) Planter Table
You can even use the same method for building an outdoor wall to create a table with planters.
13) Pyramid Garden
You can arrange cinder blocks in a way that creates a pyramid-shaped garden.
14) Outdoor Buffet
Make your backyard party central with this outdoor buffet that couldn’t be simpler to make.
15) Outdoor Benches
You always have enough seating for your family and friends with these cinder block benches.
16) Block Computer Desk
Building a desk couldn’t be easier with cinder blocks. Just lay something underneath it so it doesn’t scratch your floor. You can even paint your blocks a funky color.
17) Outdoor Dining Table
Make a functional outdoor dining table using cinder blocks and a large piece of thick wood, such as plywood.
18) Cinder Block Fence
Building a fence can be extremely hard work. But not if you use cinder blocks. Just stack place 4x4s in the blocks’ holes.
19) Cinder Block Bar
Have you always wanted an outdoor bar? Well, you can stop dreaming and start doing. All it takes is stacking a few cinder blocks and cutting a piece of wood or use pallets for the bar top. Get the details here.
20) Outdoor Lounge Couch
Beautiful outdoor furniture is just a few cinder blocks away. All you need to do is stack them. You can even add an outdoor cushion for comfort.
21) Outdoor Planter Wall
There are so many different designs for turning cinder blocks into a garden wall. Just stack them in different ways. Then fill their holes with soil or gravel and plants.
22) Cinder Block Birdhouse
Tired of your bird feeder getting knocked over by squirrels or the wind? Make one out of cinder blocks. Get the instructions here.
23) Cinder Block Vase
Use cinder blocks to create an inexpensive centerpiece or vase. Just fill the holes with flowers. They offer a really cool industrial look.
24) Patio Block Bench
Stack some cinder blocks and place wooden 4x4s through the top hole of the blocks. This will serve the bench top. You can add a cushion for comfort if you’d like.
25) Outdoor Lighting Display
Help keep the bugs away and give your backyard a little light. Just lay and stack your cinder blocks in the design of your choice. Place citronella candles inside the holes.
26) Bed Foundation With Storage
Need a sturdy and firm bed frame? It doesn’t get firmer than using cinder blocks. Just lay them down and pop your mattress on top. Use glue rubber or felt to the bottom so it doesn’t scratch the floor, and paint them to match your decor.
27) Fire Pit
Grab your friends and some marshmallows, and build yourself a cozy fire in this cinder block fire pit.
28) Colorful Backyard Furniture
You can even paint your cinder blocks to add a pop of color to your backyard with some fancy furniture.
29) Futon with Cubbie Space
All you need is a cozy cushion and some cinder blocks to create this super cute piece in your home.
30) Outdoor Kitchen
Build an eye-catching kitchen in your backyard using cinder blocks. Not only do cinder blocks make a durable building material, they have some heat resistance as well.
31) Swimming Pool
Save money by building your own DIY swimming pool using cinder blocks and other materials. Check out the video to find out how to accomplish this amazing project.