In DIY Furniture, Wall Shelves/Storage

My wife and I are always looking to find storage solutions in our home.  We have a small house with a one car garage, so storage is an issue.  We especially needed to find somewhere to store our files (instead of piling them on the floor beside the desk).  I saw a file storage bench on Pinterest, so I decided to make one of my own.  I designed this bench to hold files, but it could be used for any type of storage.

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Supply List:

Tools Needed:

Cut List:

1×4:

  • 4 @ 29 in
  • 8 @ 16 in (See step one for instructions)
  • 4 @ 14 in
  • 4 @ 7 in
  • 2 @ 6 in

3/4 in Plywood:

  • 1  @ 38 in x 17.25 in

1/4 in Plywood:

  • 2 @ 12 in  x 34.25 in
  • 2 @ 12 in x 13.75 in
  • 1 @ 13.75 in x 34.25

Project Plan:

Step One:  Cut 8 legs (1x4x16) according to illustration below.

DIY Storage Bench

Step Two:  Make front bench frame by following the illustration below.DIY Storage Bench

Step Three:  Repeat step two to make the back of the bench frame.

Step Four:  Make one side of the bench frame by following the illustration below.DIY Storage Bench

Step Five:  Repeat step four to make the other side of the bench frame.

Step Six: Complete the bench frame by attaching the bench frame sides to the bench frame front and back pieces using pocket hole screws.

Step Seven:  Attach the bottom support pieces as illustrated below.

DIY Storage Bench

Step Eight:  Attach 1/4 in plywood  (13.75 in x 34.25 in) to the bottom of the bench frame using 1/2 in nails.

Step Nine:  Attach 1/4 in plywood to front (12 in x 34.25) and sides (12 in x 13.75 in) of bench frame using 1/2 in  nails.

DIY Storage Bench

Step Ten:  Sand and paint bench frame and bench top.

Step Eleven:  Use foam and fabric to make a cushioned bench top.  First, cut foam to size (38 in x 17.25 in).  Second, cut fabric with extra length so it can be attached to the bench top.  Use a staple gun to attach fabric to bench top.

Step Twelve:  Attach bench top to bench frame with hinges and lid support.

DIY Storage Bench

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Next week I will show how I added file storage and a removable shelf to the inside of the bench to maximize its storage potential.

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