DIY Storage Dining Room Bench

Sammy Pampani
by Sammy Pampani
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

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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.

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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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  • Steven Boulanger 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 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

  • MaryAnn MaryAnn on May 11, 2021

    Will you add cushions and pillows for a cozy Winter nook? A great place to read stories to all the children on a chilly afternoon! Or take a little Mom break! I would add some polyarcrylic window shelves above for plants, fragile knickknacks or other pretties. But that's me. Lovely installation. The bench looks really nice. Free cushions you can remove at will to access the storage, or store seasonally for a Summery feel would work a treat!

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  • Gla42771133 Gla42771133 on May 09, 2022

    Great job

  • Lib51135108 Lib51135108 on May 09, 2022

    I've been wondering about doing this over an area with floor vents. Will this adequately warm the surrounding area?

    • Jim Cox Jim Cox on Apr 25, 2024

      In this example I see multiple floor vents. While the bench is restricting the flow some small degree, I'll conjecture that the multiple vent openings more than make up for it.