Perfect Cubby Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 01/11/2011 - 18:46
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A perfect cubby bench, featuring three cubbies sized to fit standard fabric drawers.



Shopping List

2 – 1×12 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
Scrap 1/4″ plywood for the back (optional)
2″ screws or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
1 1/4″ brad or finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
paint and primer
3 Fabric Drawers (make sure yours fit!)

Cut List

2 – 1×12 @ 21″ (Sides)
3 – 1×12 @ 34 1/2″ (Shelves)
2 – 1×3 @ 34 1/2″ (Footer/Back)
2 – 1×12 @ 11″ (Cubby Dividers)
2 – 1×12 @ 2 3/4″ (Top Cubby Dividers)
1/4″ plywood or other backing @ 36″ x 21″ (Back, optional)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1


Start by rounding off the top corners of the sides with a jigsaw. Clamp the two cut edges together and sand as one to get the same curve. Then mark then sides for the placement of the shelves. Predrill holes and attach the shelves to the sides with 2″ screws and glue or pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2


Attach the front and back as shown in the diagram. For the bottom piece, make sure you also attach from the top into the top edge of the footer.

Step 3


Attach the back with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue. If you have some smaller nails on hand, attach to the top. Otherwise, glue and clamp in place. Don’t worry, we’ll be adding more shelves to help with attaching the back better. The back is also optional.

Step 4

Cubby Dividers

This should be pretty easy – just mark, place your cubby dividers in place, and predrill holes. Screw down.

Step 5

Step 6

Top Dividers

Now this step isn’t so much as tricky, but will require some trust in glue. Measure out the placement of the final dividers and apply glue. Slide the dividers in place. Screw the dividers down through the seat and with 2″ screws. Let dry. They won’t budge. Not when the dividers are that s


Tara (not verified)

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 18:55

I would love to have one of these in my entry way with a bin for each child's hats, gloves, shoes, etc. And, I would love one in my homeschool room as a reading seat with a bin for each child's books.

Shandra (not verified)

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 19:52

I love this plan! I may have to make it a little longer and add a fourth cubby since we're adding baby #4 in a few months, but it's fantastic to have the two separate shelves there. I love having cubbies for things like hats and mittens!

Niki (not verified)

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 02:12

I would love to build this. I don't see a form to enter though, it says "This Giveaway has closed. Be sure to check back for more project fund giveaways!"

Jennifer (not verified)

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 02:20

How long was this open? I went to bed, and the post wasn't up. I wake up it is and it is closed. I would love this bench. I have 3 boys and it would give them each a place to stow their things in my livingroom with their stuff out of sight of Dh.

Becky S (not verified)

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 03:03

Same here, no form.

It is a perfect cubby for the 3 of us though. finally a place to corral all the hats and mitts. The little shelf is perfect for papers belonging to each person.

Jen Shorey (not verified)

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 03:09

I love this! My Mom is looking for a storage bench (2 actually) and I think this would be the perfect project for us to build together! I know she will become as addicted as I am!

LeaAnn White (not verified)

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 03:21

I love this bench, and have needed something like this for quite a while - a place to sit down and take off the boots and store the snowgear! I hope I'm not too late for the giveaway!

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