DIY Storage Dining Room Bench

13 Materials
2 Weeks

The bench of my dreams... and you’re too.

I posted a lot of videos about it on my IG with details.

This is the finished product, I will try to be as detailed as possible because everyone needs this.

First, the wall where we installed the bench has a baseboard heater, so we built it raised and added the vent grades for ventilation.

Step 1

I removed all the trim from the baseboard and started building a frame with 2x4’s


Step 2

Since this bench has 3 compartments (3 lids) for storage, the frame needed a floor/bottom. You can easily adjust this plan for a hollow bench, probably easier.

I used 3/4 plywood for the walls and bottom. All screwed in with 2in screws.

Random Step

Ask someone who trusts you to test the strength of the bottom.

Step 3

Start building a second base frame to what will be the walls of the bench.

This step will make more sense in the next picture.. but to add context, we have 3 children who will climb on this and kick it and we have furniture that’ll bump into it 🤪 we needed this strong.

Inside of the frame


Step 4

I nailed the plywood to the front..

(Baby is inspecting the work)

Step 6

After trim was added, I filled nail holes, calked and primed.

Step 7

We added the lids/tops to the bench using long hinges.


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3 of 4 questions
  • Ms Lue
    on May 10, 2020

    Love the branch are the outside vents big enough for air to come through

    • Renee Vlna
      on Jun 16, 2020

      Michelle, how is the heat coming through when you blocked the original vents with 2 x 4's?

  • Steven Boulanger
    on May 11, 2020

    I hope that bench is removable because you covered 1950 style cast iron base board heaters. May times they have nents on them that need to be bled when they get arir trapped in them or worse if they leak.

  • Ana
    on May 11, 2020

    Hi - Love this idea!! Did you have to place and protection on the wood to protect it from the heat? Thank you

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  • Audrey
    on May 16, 2020

    I love it & I'll bet the whole family loves it . We had o e by our bay window for many years . After a hurricane we took it apart ! Never did replace . It came in handy . Great job . Beautiful

  • Mary Coakley
    on May 21, 2020

    Love.your bench quality workmanship

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