Drawer bases turned banquette

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About This Project

I used MDF for this project. Next time, I would use something lighter for the drawers.

I took Ana's open base and drawer plans, added a few inches to the height (so that the base trim on the storage units would clear the base trim on our walls), and put them together to create a banquette-style bench with tons of storage underneath. We use the drawers for our family board games and photo albums.

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Sherwin-Williams Pro-Classic in semi-gloss followed by Minwax Polycrylic.
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Look at the colors inside!! Awesome.

I am so blessed to have a good job working for a company that I like, but WHY am I stuck at my full-time desk job right now?!


What a terrific idea!  I'm thinking of making a banquette in my kitchen and was keeping my fingers crossed that Ana would post a plan, but you turned an existing plan into a banquette.  This is just beautiful, and the drawer colors take the cake!

Hello! Love how the piece has a craftsman look to it. What is the trim/wood you used for the bottom of the piece to get that wide flat, clean look? I am very new to building so don't know all the terminology yet. :) Thanks!

This unit is made out of MDF which I had cut at Lowe's. While they were cutting the MDF for the boxes/drawers, I had them also cut a long piece at about 6 inches wide. If I were building with real wood like I normally do, I'd probably use a pine 1x6 for the base piece.

Something very similar to this is what I want for the base of my storage project. I have a 10’ wall I want to create a storage wall. These drawers will be the base, and then Ana’s cubby project for the top. I plan on making at least two of the cubbies into pull out lateral file drawers, so I know I’ll have to have custom dimensions on those. My question: Did you use Ana’s original dimensions, or create your own?

I pretty much used the original dimensions. The only thing I changed was the height -- I added a few inches to the side pieces to accommodate higher baseboards.

Did you make the cushion yourself or buy it? If you made it, what materials did you use? I cant sew ANYTHING, but Id make an attempt! Lovely bench btw, looks very high quality!

Hey! I did the cushion myself. I contemplated making a box cushion but didn't want to deal with the welting and zippers, so I used a bunch of MDF scraps, joined them with the kreg jig to make a board wide and long enough for the top of the bench, attached foam with spray glue and then covered with batting and fabric, stapled underneath. I was planning to screw the cushion into the bench from underneath, but it is so heavy (b/c of the MDF) that it hasn't moved.

I think there might be photos of the process on my blog. Here's a link: