More often than not, our rooms contain unique little spaces that require unique little solutions. Maybe it’s a nook under a dormer window or even a new spot created by an irregular piece of furniture. No matter, here’s an easy, step-by-step breakdown of how to create your own storage bench—equally perfect as a window seat and a tiny display area for photos or books. Please keep in mind that these instructions are just a guideline. You can adjust your dimensions to whatever you need!
- 4x8’ piece of plywood (3/4” thick)
- 8’ piece of 1x6” aspen
- 6d and 3d finishing nails
- Wood filler (paintable and/or stainable)
- Countersink bit
- Paint (or stain)
- Foam paintbrush
- Table saw
- Mitre box (and saw)
- Tape measure
- From your 3/4" plywood, cut the two sides of your bench to the following length: 15 1/2" x 25" each. Now mark the shorter sides accordingly—lines at 3" and 3 3/4" on one end, then lines at 4" and 4 3/4" on the other end.
- Cut the top and bottom of the bench to 15 1/2" x 31 1/2" each. Then, with 6d nails, attach both to the lines you made in Step 1. (The piece attached at the 3" line will serve as the top seat.)
- Mark the center points of your top and bottom boards. Cut your center divider to size (15 1/2" x 16 1/2") and nail into place.
- For support underneath the seat of your bench, cut two 6x6" triangular braces and attach them at the center of each side.
- Your piece of 1x6" aspen will provide finishing strips for the entire bench. With a table saw—and then a mitre saw—cut it to these lengths:
- 31 1/2" for the front and back of the top and bottom
- 25" for the front and back of the sides
- 16 1 2/" for the front and back of the center divider
- 16" for the tops of your sides
- Attach the aspen strips with 3d finishing nails, countersink and fill with wood putty.
- Finally, apply a paint (or stain) colour of your choice. You can even add a cushion to the top if you prefer!