A Super Simple Easy Storage Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 12:50
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This super simple bench can find uses anywhere in your home. Special thanks to one of our readers for sharing their photos of this exact project plan.

38" long x 11 1/2" wide X 18" high


Shopping List

1 - 1"x10" length 10' 

 4 - 1"x2" length 8' 
 1 - 1"x12" length 4'
Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

A) 2 - 1x10 @ 17 1/4" 

B) 2 - 1x10 @ 34 1/2" 
C) 4 - 1x2 @ 17 1/4"
D) 4 - 1x2 @ 33" 
E) 1 - 1x12 @ 38"
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

"Build the box" as shown above. I left a 3" clearance under the bottom shelf. Use 2" nails and glue. Nail through the sides of A into the edges of B, as illustrated in the above diagram.

Step 2

Nail the 4 leg trim pieces, C, in place as shown above. Keep the outside edges flush with the bench side. Nail through C into the edges of A and B.

Step 3

Nail the pieces D in place as shown above. Keep the top edge of the bench flush. You can add a lip to the bottom shelf if you desire (to keep things from sliding off the shelf. This is shown above.

Step 4

Glue and nail the top piece on, centering the top on the bench. Use 1 1/4" nails.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood putty and let dry. Sand and paint or stain as desired.


Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 02/19/2010 - 03:05

This was my second project ever, and I was shocked when I realized that not only did I finish it in one night, but that it actually HOLDS ME UP, too! LOL- Instant gratification, and I am suddenly looking at the world in a whole new light- (Why CAN'T I make all my furniture to suit me?! A few of these would make great window boxes!) I would highly recommend this as a very first project. There were no snags, tricks, or snafus. Very basic and very rewarding! Thank you, ANA! *Beth in NY

Amanda in Albany (not verified)

Sat, 02/27/2010 - 14:15

I just made this as my first project (still needs paint), and I agree, super easy! I am fairly slow, and completed the build in under 3 hrs. That's using hammer and nails, I think I need a nailgun! Would've made this bench doable in easily under an hour, I think. It also holds my weight, and I'm very excited to finish it so I can share! The only change I made was to set the top piece flush with the back of the unit, so it's only centered on 3 sides. This was my first project, but will NOT be my last! Thanks a million Ana!

Amanda in Albany (not verified)

Sun, 02/28/2010 - 14:32

forgot to add- I only bought 3 (not 4) 1x2s @ 8 feet. From the first one came all 4 Cs, and then I had 2 Ds cut from each of the remaining two. Only saves a couple bucks for that 4th board, but every bit counts!

Christine (not verified)

Sun, 05/09/2010 - 15:33

I bought the lumber for this today and completed it in under 2 hours! That's having to redo the box part with thicker nails because my hubby made me get nails that were just too small. It was wobbly and I was certain I did it wrong. Last time I listen to Hubby LOL. Thanks a ton for the super simple plans! It was
easy and very straightforward. I am a visual learner and the pics helped immensely!

Cami Koralewski (not verified)

Sun, 08/01/2010 - 18:16

I just did this bench as my first project. I was terrified, but...WOW! I finished it in one night, with a lot of guidance and support from my husband. I used hammer and nails too. It would be a lot faster with a nail gun, but was still VERY doable. Yes, this is definitely a GREAT first time project. And it looks SOOOO cute under my window. It is amazing that I actually built something that looks cute and doesnt fall a part! WOW!!!! Thanks Ana!

Suzanne (not verified)

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 04:20

I finished making all the cuts last night. I'm so excited to be working on my first woodworking project! I can't wait to post when I've assembled and finished it! Thank you so much for your inspiring website!

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