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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First, 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.
- 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)
- Nail Gun or Drill
- 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
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.
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.
Step Three: Complete storage box by attaching 2 1×4 @ 9.75 in to base and sides using brad nails or screws.
Step Five: Attach felt pads to top of shelf support.
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.