The New Rain Barrel Alternative.

Save Water, Just by Sitting There


Look, nothing against rain barrels, except they are ugly as sin and you can’t sit on them. But they had good intentions. And like us, you may be wondering if there is a better way…

Since 2008, we at Second Rain have been designing and building beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces – i.e. benches, bars, counters, seat walls –  to store from 40 to 4,000+ gallons of rainwater inside them.

And now you can, too. Read on to find out why the sky’s the limit with Second Rain’s Rain Bench® DIY kits…

The Rain Bench.

As Seen on TV 

Tiny House Nation used two of Second Rain’s 300 gallon DIY Cedar Rain Bench kits, built according to our detailed instructions and arranged in this ‘L’ shaped seating.


Yep, that’s 600 gallons of rainwater storage for this off-grid Tiny House in Los Angeles, California.

And get this: It qualifies for the $300 SoCal WaterSmart rebate, as well as every other one that we know of, anywhere. How cool is that?

We have also improved the plans and keep designing more, so you still have the option of using the old plans, but the new ones are WAY simpler.

What Rainwater Harvesting Could Look Like.

a nice addition to any garden

Mom’s Rain Bench in the Garden

More Than just a Small, Family-Owned Business. Second Rain is a New Way of Thinking.

Rain Bench® DIY kits give you the ability to integrate rainwater into virtually any design style. Every purchase includes free access to our current suite of plans through the membership area..

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*a quick note from Scott: “If something doesn’t make sense here, it’s because we’re not done yet– I’m working on it! Or rather, someone who knows way more about websites is (finally, right!?)

Also, if you are confused or just can’t find your keys, feel free to contact us. We may not be able to find them either, but we’ll share in your lostness. We’ve been there..”

Store and Use Rainwater, Entirely Hidden.

400 gallon rain bench

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D.I.– Why?

Why pass up profit and hand it straight to our customers?

Simply this: We think burning fuel to haul the bulk of materials across the country is unnecessary if you can find it in your local area.

And what can you find just about everywhere? Lumber. Even better? Construction waste and Recycled plastic lumber.

That said, this can get pretty advanced DIY.  You’ll need some carpentry and plumbing skills and tools (or know someone local who has them!)

How does it work?

Each kit contains detailed plans, shopping list, cutting diagrams, etc.

If you decide to build your own Rain Bench, the first step is building a box. Then you’ll attach 2 small ‘liner locks’ inside that the liner mounts onto. You can make or buy these along with a DIY liner kit. Once you do that, you can build longer Rain Benches and build them into larger structures and get all fancy.

The powerful customization options give you flexibility to create the exact size and style rainwater harvesting system you want. That is huge.  Well, at least it can be…

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Real Support. Real People.

We know what it’s like to need support. For years we’ve been bringing techniques from many different industries together to make this work. You could say it’s our passion.

Our philosophy is to treat you as we would treat our own grandmas. And we love our grandmas.


Funny, we don’t look completely lost somewhere in the Adirondacks…

Ultimate DIY Rainwater Guide

Everything you ever wanted to know about rainwater collection, but didn't even know how awesome it could be.

Seriously. It is that good.

Our fully caffeinated collection of ideas, anecdotes, examples and plans based on a modern day Hercules named “Roger.”
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Ongoing R&D

Online and easily accessible, these are detailed instructions on how to use Second Rain products and then some.

Finding The Answers

This is the place to find just about anything you need to know that wasn’t in that handy DIY guide. And if it isn’t here yet, it’s on its way.
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Video Tutorials

Nothing is easier than learning first hand by watching someone do it, even if it's Scott.

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Watch our video tutorials to quickly learn how the various parts of your rainwater system work together, and prepare to be blown away by a few new ideas.
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