*We have a cal. king bed so this bench is quite large. We searched all the furniture stores and everywhere online trying to find a storage bench to fit at the end of our bed, but they were all too short or didn’t have enough storage space!
Want to make one for the end of your bed?? Well here is a mini-tutorial to help you! I do not know the exact dimensions of the wood pieces, I would just recommend that you begin by measuring the end of your bed and decide how big you want your bench. Cut 4 long pieces for the top, bottom, and long sides. Then cut 3 pieces for the two ends and the inside. If you are making a small bench you won’t need the extra support in the middle (just omit the wood piece in the center).
Optional *After you cut all your pieces cover each piece of wood with vinyl(we got rolls of it at Home Depot, other stores sell different prints as well). Just cover the inside pieces. Then drill holes where the wood ends meet and put screws in the sides to secure them together (I think we had about 5 screws per section)
**Okay after lots of request I finally took measurements. (Remember I have a cal-king bed, you may need to make your bench width longer or shorter for your bed). We used 3/8″ thick plywood. The front, back, bottom and top pieces of wood are about 68-1/2 inches by 20-1/4 inches. The ends and center divider are about 19-1/2 inches wide by 20-1/4 inches tall(If your plywood is not 3/8″ you will need to adjust this measurement). Screw your sides to the ends and center divider together first(your ends and center will sit inside the 2 side parts), then lay your bottom on and screw it in place.
*Attach the bottom by drilling holes and adding screws. We used 2 layers of thick 1 inch batting around the front/and sides(found at JoAnns on a big spool), staple to the wood at top and bottom edge…here it is all stapled. (pull tight)
*For the top piece (your bench cushion) you may want a little softer seat so add a layer of foam(also at JoAnn’s) below your 2 layers of batting.
*Lay your 2 pieces of batting (cut corners like the above picture to reduce bulk in the corners), foam and then your top board(vinyl side up).
*Staple around your top layer of batting just over the edge. (you are going to use a lot of staples for this project!!)
*Cover your base batting with your chosen Home Decor fabric (one that does not fray on the edges, ours is from JoAnn’s) just like you put the batting on, but wrap your fabric just over the top edge and staple to the top of the inside. Below is a picture of the back of the base, we just stapled a strip of fabric over the back top edge to make it look like it was covered…it is not though. Remember to pull fabric very tight along all the edges while stapling!!
*It should look like this….
Then attach your top using hinges (we found ours at home depot) we had to use shorter screws so they didn’t poke through the wood! The middle hinge locks into place for easy opening and closing.
And here it is…
*Finally a nice little place to store all that bulky stuff!!
*Just a note…This project took us a couple days to make (after shopping for all the items). Make sure you measure everything more than once!! Including your fabric before cutting! I think the entire project cost us about $75-$100, we used coupons for everything! Compared to the storage benches we saw online, this was a screamin’ deal!!! Love it!!
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