How to Make a Cute DIY Flip-Top Bench For a Hallway Nook

Today, I'm going to show you how I made a functional and stylish hallway bench with a flip top. This project involves woodworking and basic carpentry skills, as well as the use of various tools and materials. Follow along to create a practical and attractive piece of furniture for your home.

Tools and materials

  • 2x4 lumber (for bench frame)
  • Corner brackets
  • ½-inch plywood (for bench front and faux doors)
  • ¾-inch plywood (for bench top)
  • ⅓-inch MDF (for Shaker sides of faux doors)
  • 3-inch trim board
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nails and pin nailer
  • Wood filler
  • Hinges for flip top
  • Edge banding
  • Paint
  • Cabinet hardware
  • Pole wrap or other textured material
  • Leather handles
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Paintbrushes
  • Measuring tape
  • Sandpaper
Building the bench frame

1. Build the bench frame

Cut the 2x4 lumber to the desired dimensions for the bench frame, then assemble the bench frame using corner brackets to ensure the corners are square.

Adding the plywood front
Adding the trim board

2. Attach front plywood and trim

Cut a piece of 1/2-inch plywood to the dimensions of the bench front. Next, apply wood glue to the back of the plywood and attach it to the front of the bench frame.

Secure the plywood in place using brad nails, then attach the 3-inch trim board to the front of the plywood using wood glue and brad nails.

Installing the hinges

3. Add hinges for flip top

Determine the placement of the flip top and attach hinges to the bench frame and the top piece. Carefully align the hinges to ensure smooth operation of the flip top.

Adding edge banding

4. Add edge banding

Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the bench front for a finished look.

Building faux doors for the bench

5. Build faux doors

Cut two pieces of 1/2-inch plywood to the dimensions of the faux doors and two pieces of 1/3-inch MDF for the shaker-style sides of the doors.

Attach the MDF pieces to the plywood using wood glue and a pin nailer, then fill any gaps or seams with wood filler and sand them smooth.

Paint the bench doors, front, and any other visible surfaces. Allow sufficient drying time between coats.

Making the bench cushion
DIY bench cushion

6. Make a bench cushion

Cut foam or padding to fit the bench top dimensions. Cover the foam with fabric and secure it to the bench top using staples or adhesive.

Adding the wooden slates to the bench
Adding the hardware to the bench

7. Add wood slats and hardware

Attach wood slats to the bench frame for support and a finished look. Then, install the chosen cabinet hardware on the faux doors.

DIY flip-top bench

DIY flip-top bench

Congratulations! You've successfully created a stylish hallway bench with a flip top with faux doors. This versatile piece of furniture will not only provide extra seating but also offer convenient storage space thanks to the flip top cover. Customize the colors, textures, and hardware to match your home's decor.

Let me know in the comments how it turned out!

Follow @a_bit_unexpected on TikTok for more DIY ideas.

Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
Join the conversation