In Bedroom, DIY Furniture, Wall Shelves/Storage
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This week I am sharing part three in the repurposed door storage unit I made for my daughter’s bedroom.  The last two weeks I posted my repurposed door bookshelf and my repurposed door desk, and this week I am showing how I connected the two units by making a window bench.

My daughter’s room is small, and we are always trying to find ways to add storage to the space.  When I designed the bench, I made it so there is plenty of storage space underneath for her toys and bins.  Also, I tried to match the bench to the repurposed door bookshelf and desk by using the same size trim (1×3). 

Supply List:

  • 1×4 (Actual size)
  • 3/4 in plywood
  • 1×3
  • Foam padding
  • Fabric for cushion
  • 1-1/4 pocket hole screws
  • 2 in screws

Tools Needed:

  • Saw (I used a miter saw and a table saw for this project)
  • Drill
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Staple gun

Project Plan:

Step One:

I made the bench top by cutting three pieces of scrap wood to 4 in wide on a table saw.  I then drilled holes to countersink screws to the legs.

Step Two:

I attached legs to the bench using scrap 3/4 in plywood cut to 12 in wide by 13-1/2 in high.

Step Three:

I attached the trim pieces to the front.  I didn’t attach the top piece because I wanted to cut it to size after I connected the bench the bookshelf and desk.

Step Four:

Sand and paint.

Step Five:

I attached the bench to the bookshelf and desk using two 12 in pieces of 1×2.  I used scrap wood and I cut it to 1×2 on a table saw.  Then I screwed the 1×2 to the side of the bookshelf and the desk, and I used countersink screws to attach the bench to the 1×2. 

Step Six:

Make the frame for the bench cushion.  I used scrap wood and pocket hole screws to make the frame.

Step Seven:

Finish the bench cushion by adding foam and attaching fabric with a staple gun.

Next week I will reveal the entire project and show how in looks in my daughter’s room.  This project was a lot of work, but it was all worth it to make a bench with additional storage underneath.  Plus, this was a cheap project.  I didn’t use an old door for this project, but I did use a lot of scrap wood. 

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  • Ivory

    Nice job, but did not fully understand your steps in covering the cushion.

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