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).
- 1×4 (Actual size)
- 3/4 in plywood
- Foam padding
- Fabric for cushion
- 1-1/4 pocket hole screws
- 2 in screws
- Saw (I used a miter saw and a table saw for this project)
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Staple gun
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.
I attached legs to the bench using scrap 3/4 in plywood cut to 12 in wide by 13-1/2 in high.
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.
Sand and paint.
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.
Make the frame for the bench cushion. I used scrap wood and pocket hole screws to make the frame.
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.