This simple DIY bench was a long time in the making. Well, in a normal persons world, it was probably fast, but I felt like I talked about it forever!
I first ordered these baskets, they were the starting off point in the design process.
Then I picked these pillows and our dimensions and design was born.
Here are the two Inspo photos I found. I highly recommend you check out McGee and Co and Jillian Harris for a ton of inspo!
For this simple DIY bench we actually ran into quite a few roadblocks. Not because it was a hard build at all, it’s actually quite easy. But because we had envisioned a more built-in look and the walls in our rental are completely not square so the middle of the bench doesn’t even touch the wall!
Our pillows are also lost in transit and we envisioned an oak top for our simple DIY bench that sadly had to get painted over as the two pieces of oak didn’t match in colour.
Even though so much went wrong, I think it turned out so beautifully. It doesn’t have the built-in look we were going for as the walls aren’t squared and we didn’t take the baseboards off. But for what it is, it’s so great!
If wanting to see a tutorial on how we built this bench, scroll to the bottom!
As you can see, the baskets slide under with ample room but we custom made each cubby to fit these baskets perfectly.
We also used pine wood for the base to save money. Honestly, the pine for this job was under 20 dollars and we purchased oak for the top which was 60. If you wanted to save money, you could build it completely out of pine for under 35 dollars!
Can you all just take a quick second to look at the upper right bit of that photo? You all know that our entrance used to be pink, as seen here. Anyways… I painted it all white and I seem to have missed a tiny little section under the shelf. HA!
As you can see the bench isn’t flush against the wall because of the baseboards and although this isn’t a big deal for most, I was hoping for a more built in look. But pulling off the existing baseboards in our rental isn’t something that I want to do.
If wanting to see how the entire entrance looks, click here to see the other side before we made the bench.
Also, here’s a list of all the items in our entrance to shop.
It’s really hard to shoot straight on as the only natural light is where I’m shooting into ( coming in from that window )
Also, I’ve received a few questions on the pegs. We actually purchased pegs from Home Depot and a piece of wood and made our own. This wall has six pegs and the wall across from it has 8. It’ just a fun touch in this entrance.
Shop List For Simple DIY Bench
-One 2x4x3/4 sanded plywood
-One 1x2x8 clear pine ( NOT knotty )
-Sanding Pads for Orbital Sander
-Nail Gun / 1 1/2″ Nails
How To Build A Simple DIY Bench
To start off by making your simple DIY Bench you need to cut your 2 x 10’s ( this is what we used for the legs ). We cut ours for 19 1/2″ Lengths for our bench. This left us with no unused material. We cut 6 equal parts.
We then took our one length of 1×4 and cut it into 4 equal pieces of 20 3/4″.
Next step is to sand the 2×10’s to desired smoothness. We also sand at the end, but this makes them look a lot more ‘clean cut’ when connecting them.
I then took the two best edges with minimal bevels and put three pocket holes in and wood glue on the edges and sucked them together. We like to use our metal clamps ( but they’re not needed. )
Next step is to take your 1×4’s and attach them to the legs. See photo for details. We made two pocket holes on each side. To attach them, it is easiest if you have clamps. Sidenote: Glen is trying to think up a way to to do this without clamps as he thinks the majority of you won’t have them. I’m laughing… okay, next step. If you don’t have clamps, he says you need two people.
Now your frame is assembled!
Measure the frame and cut plywood to fit frame.
Smear wood glue all over the top of the frame as pictured in the photo.
Now put your plywood on top of your glued frame and you you can clamp it down (if you have them). You want to drill 20 screws ( 5 per 1×4 ) through the bottom of the frame into the top.
Measure and cut your 1×2’s. Glen 45 degreed the edges and connected them together by wood glue and brad nailed them onto the sides of the top of the bench.
Fill every nook and cranny with wood glue – you want this bench as seamless as possible.
Glen says to leave it overnight ( 12+ hours to make sure it has set )
The next morning, you want to completely sand it down with your orbital sander and paint it!
I hope that was easy enough to understand. We might be good at DIYing but we sure ain’t good at tutorials.
I’d love to hear what you think of our simple DIY Bench.