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Create a DIY Storage Bench

by Eden Homes 12/22/2019

Photo by Thijs van der Weide from Pexels

You may be surprised to learn just how much a little DIY storage bench in your entryway can save you in time and money. Storage benches offer children a place to sit while they remove snowy or muddy shoes. That's less time spent mopping your kitchen or steam-cleaning the carpets. 

Save hardwoods from years of damage and wear.

On top of that, a bench can double as storage. Never again will you be racing around your home trying to find your mittens, scarves, rain boots and other outdoor essentials on your way out the door. It's now all in one convenient place. 

You can even store backpacks and lunch bags on the weekend -- whatever makes sense for your family.

You might think that making an entryway storage bench is complicated. But we'll show you the easy way to build your bench in less than a day.

What you'll need

*Pro tip* Borrow tools that you may never use again before buying. If you find you want to take on more new projects, you can buy one then.

  • 18-gauge nail gun
  • Miter saw
  • Framing square
  • Pneumatic framing gun
  • Hammer drill for concrete/brick or regular drill
  • Circular saw
  • 6 3/4" plywood
  • 8 2x4" boards
  • 3" strap hinges
  • 3" concrete screws or regular screws
  • 6 1x4" boards
  • Wood screws
  • How to build a DIY storage bench for your entryway

    Here's your guide.

    Gather materials & supplies

    The amount of material varies by the bench size you choose the make. Be sure to measure twice and cut once so that everything fits perfectly.

    Frame your bench

    Your frame becomes your guide for the project. Cut your 2X4's the desired length of the bench. Then cut more for the height. Find the studs. And use that hammer drill to attach the 2X4s to the back wall. Build out from there.

    Construct the front and sides

    Now build around your frame, using your plywood. Be careful with any tools you use. Just take your time to get it right. 

    Add the hinges

    Measure and drill for your hinges. Then simply screw them in. 

    Place the lid on the ground and drill holes for hinge screws. Then connect the top to the other side of the hinge with screws. You might need a partner hold the lid steady while you to screw in the lid.

    Add your finish of choice

    You can stop with a basic box. But while you're at it, it won't take much more effort to add some trim and paint it. Then place some hooks above for coats and backpacks.

    And now, you have a beautiful DIY storage bench. For more helpful tips on home maintenance and improvement, follow our blog.

    About the Author
    Author

    Eden Homes

    About Simone Duhamel

     Simone Duhamel has been working as a Real estate agent since 1996 and has owned and run "Cobra Construction LLC" a builder of fine homes, since 2003.
    Her clients come from a wide spectrum of needs and desires.
    She has been a member of the Manchester Nashua Board of Realtors since 1996, and has worked diligently to establish good working relationships with a variety of professionals in the industry of home ownership. 

    She's been working 10 years in the mortgage industry and is currently working on her MBA
     

    *Graduate of Buyer Broker School of Real Estate.

    *Graduate of Kathy Roosa School of Real Estate for sales and marketing.

    *Member of the National Association of Realtor's.

    *Bilingual, fluent in German.

    *Member of the NNEREN (Northern New England Real Estate Network).

    *Servicing from Laconia, to Nashua, east to west.

    *Regional Member/Agent for HUD (Housing and Urban development) homes.

    *Member of the Greater Manchester Nashua Board of Realtor s.

    *On the Goffstown NH Planning board.

    *Owner of Alpha and Omega Group since 2009. (Various Home services)

    Mrs. Duhamel is a strong believer in Volunteer work and is therefore involved in multiple efforts to help those in need. 

    In 2009 she founded "Chains of Freedom", in an effort to abolish modern day slavery/human trafficking.

    This is a non-profit organization that diligently works on the funding of missionaries, one of the many organizations we support, is the well known "Salvation Army" that has made such tremendous strides 

    for this cause in recent months...however they need continued funding in these efforts and we at "Chains of Freedom" seek to meet that need. 

    About Samantha Mulvaney

    Samantha Mulvaney acquired her Real Estate License in December of

    2010. She is a graduate of Kathy Roosa (New England) School of

    Real Estate. She has a strong background in mortgage lending and

    financing with experience in the field for over five consecutive

    years. Samantha is currently working toward her Bachelors degree

    in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University.

    She is excited to take on this new endeavor and will strive to

    meet her client’s needs.