A floating bench is easy to build, inexpensive, sturdy, and very functional since dirty shoes stay on the floor, and its easy to clean underneath. Our free tutorial with lots of reader success photos make it easy!
- 2x3 or 2x4s for framing the bench*
- 1x4s for front trim and optional side and back trim
- 3/4" plywood or 1x boards for the bench top
- 3" self tapping wood screws with star bit (SPAX, GRK or similar)
- 1-1/2" brad nails or trim screws
- Wood filler and desired finishing products
*Recommended combination is 2x3 when using 3/4" plywood so the front 1x4 trim covers the front edge of the plywood, OR 2x4 framing with 1x boards on top (since the 2x boards have a finished front edge, you don't need to cover with a trim piece)
OPTIONAL: Trim out the back and side edges. This trim will help conceal gaps between the plywood and the wall and help protect your wall from scuffing, but is not essential. For a more modern "floating shelf" look, no trim is needed. Attach trim with 1-1/2" brad nails to studs in walls. I used 1x4 trim boards.
TIP: If using the trim, prefinish it before attaching.
Optional trundle drawers (boxes on wheels) can be added underneath. We have a free tutorial here for the trundle drawers.