In DIY Furniture, Wall Shelves/Storage

The main purpose for building a storage bench was to make a place to hide our files and get them off the floor.  Last week I shared plans to build the bench, and this week I’m sharing how I added features to the inside of the bench to use the storage space.

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Storage-Options-for-BenchFirst, I added file storage by purchasing a hanging file frame and hanging files.  Then, I built a removable storage shelf, so we could keep things underneath the shelf and have a space in the shelf for smaller items.

Storage Bench

Storage Bench

Storage Bench

Storage Bench

Supply List:

  • 1- 1x4x6
  • 1- 1x2x6 (Only need about 25 in)
  • 1-  1×12 or 3/4 in plywood (Only need 13.5 in)
  • 1-1/4 in Brad Nails or 1-1/4 in Screws
  • 1-  Hanging Folder Frame  (See Link Below)
  • 1-  Box of Hanging file Folders (See Link Below)
  • 1- 3/4 in Felt Pad (See Link Below)


Tools Needed:

  • Saw
  • Nail Gun or Drill

Cut List:


  • 2 @ 13.5 in
  • 2 @ 9.75 in

1×12 or 3/4 in Plywood:

  • 1  @ 13.5 in (or 11.25 in x 13.5 in for 3/4 in plywood)


  • 4 @ 6 in

Project Plan:

Step One:  Build support in bench for removable storage shelf by attaching 6 in 1×2  support pieces to the inside corner of bench.  Use screws and glue to attach.  The support that is not in the corner can only be screwed on the bottom so use glue to make sure the support is secure  See illustration below.

Storage Bench


Step Two:  Build removable storage shelf by attaching 2 1×4 @ 13.5 to the 1×12 (or 3/4 in plywood base).  Use brad nails or screws.
Storage BenchStep Three:  Complete storage box by attaching 2 1×4 @ 9.75 in to base and sides using brad nails or screws.

Storage shelfStep Four:  Sand and paint storage box and storage box supports.

Step Five:  Attach felt pads to top of shelf support.

Storage BenchStorage Bench









This bench is so useful, and we love that it can hide our mess.  We still struggle with keeping things off our floors, but at least our files are under control.

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  • Allison Delort

    I have just seen this on Hometalk and would like to say how much I LOVE it! I will be off to buy my pieces of wood tomorrow and am really looking forward to trying to make something so good looking but useful! Looking forward to following your blog and learning from you. Many thanks!

    • Erik

      Thank you so much. I am so glad you like the bench. Let me know how your bench turns out. If you have any questions or run into any issues let me know and I would be happy to help.


  • Cheryl Vreeland

    I need to know how you made the legs and inlays on the bench. This part of the project was left out. Please reply right away.

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