This King size storage bench is a larger version of the upholstered bench seats I made for Madison’s room. The King Size bench will hold a LOT as well as provide a pretty place to sit and dress or read …or whatever. Could also be a great bench for a playroom or mudroom. Can be used with or without hinges depending on how easy you need it to be to get into.
Approximate cost is less than $100 excluding upholstering supplies.
King Upholstered Storage Bench
- 2 sheets of 3/4″ plywood
- Wood glue
- 1 1/4″ pocket screws and pocket hole jig
- 1 3/4″ wood screws
- foam and fabric
Step 1: Attach Center dividers to Side.
- Use wood glue and screws to attach inside dividers to one side.
- If planning on painting or staining the “box” instead of upholstering it, use pocket hole screws from the inside.
- If planning on upholstering the box, use wood screws and drive them through the side into the dividers as the screws will be covered by batting and fabric in the end.
- There should be a 3/4″ reveal on the bottom of the dividers.
Step 2: Attach ends
- There is no reveal on the ends. The extend flush with the top and bottom of the sides.
- Use wood glue and screws following the same method you used in step 1.
Step 3: Attach second side
- Follow same method you used to attach dividers and ends in previous steps.
Step 4: Attach bottom
- Bottom should fit up into the box.
- Use wood glue and screws
- Drive wood screws up through bottom into center dividers
- Use pocket hole screws to secure bottom to sides and ends if not upholstering.
- If upholstering, drive wood screws directly through sides and end into bottom.
Step 5: Secure lid cleats
- Attach small cleats of hardwood or plywood to the lid to keep it in place
- There should be a 3/4″ recess on three sides of each cleat allowing cleat to sit inside the box when lid is placed on top of box.
- You can add hinges or not depending on how easy it is for you to get into it like this and how often you plan on accessing the storage.
Step 6: Finish (Make sure to add bumpers)
- Add foam and upholster bench top.
- Upholster, paint or stain bench
- Add bumpers to bottom to protect your floors
And that my friends is all there is to it!
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