How To Make Stylish Entryway Storage Bench: At several points in our house, I thought out loud, “Boy, wouldn’t it be nice to sit here?” And, just as often, “Boy, wouldn’t it be nice to have some Storage Bench?” Aside from the nagging feeling that I’m always talking to myself, it became clear that our house needed a proper place to sit to take off shoes and more places to store things like hats and gloves.
To solve both problems, I created this simple wooden bench, which has a hinged top above a surprisingly spacious storage compartment. At 14 x 36 inches, the seat is wide enough to accommodate two adults. I painted the clear pine bench and attached the top to the rear apron with a 30 inch long continuous hinge. One feature that’s especially important if you have kids around is the spring-loaded lid support, which prevents the top from snapping on your fingers.
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Cut two 34-inch-long aprons from 1 x 6 pine. Make a cardboard template of a curve, then trace the shape onto each end of both 1 x 6 aprons . Use a saber saw with a fine tooth blade to cut the curved shape. Sand the cut ends smooth. Route a 1/4-inch-wide by 3/8-inch-deep groove inside each apron, 1/2-inch above the bottom edge . The grooves will hold the plywood in the bottom of the storage box.
Next, rip two 10 1/2-inch-wide legs from the pine 1 x 12. Adjust the table saw blade to 15 degrees and cut the legs to 17 1/2 inches. Lower the blade for a 3/8 inch deep cut. Pass the leg over an angled saw blade to cut a dado in its inner surface to accept the bottom of the plywood .
Make two or three passes, moving the fence each time to create a 1/4-inch dado. Use a compass to mark a 3 3/4-inch radius at the bottom end of each leg. Adjust the saber saw shoe for a 15 degree bevel cut. Saw along a curved line to create an arch in each leg .
Sand the cuts by hand with 80-grit sandpaper. Fasten the front and back aprons to one of the legs with six 1 5/8-inch drywall screws driven through 3/8-inch counterboard holes. Insert the 1/4-inch plywood bottom into the grooves, and use six more screws to install the rest of the leg. Glue plugs are cut into holes with 3/8-inch dowels, sanded, then taped before priming and painting.
Cut the bench seat to 14 x 36 inches, and attach it to the rear apron with a 30-inch long hinge. Center the hinge on the apron, make starter holes with an awl, and fasten the hinge. To keep the bench top from slamming, add a light support about 2 1/2 inches from the right leg. Fasten it to both the bench top and back apron .
To give the bench a vintage look, use a rasp or sanding block to rub through the paint along the bottom edges of the corners of the legs. Apply wood stain to darken exposed wood edges, and wipe off excess with a clean cloth.
What is the standard size of a storage bench?
On average, bench length can range from 42 and 60 inches (107-152 cm). A bench within the 42 to 50 inch (127 cm) range is able to seat two people.
Can you put storage bench in living room?
This highly versatile, small space-friendly item works as a shoe bench in the hallway, entryway, or mudroom. Use as ottoman or extra storage in your living room, or even as a bedroom bench, double these up at the end of your bed.