Learn how to build a beautiful storage bench with a wood and metal look for under $100 using these step by step instructions and printable plans.
I don’t know about you, but I love multi-purpose projects! I really feel like you get more bang for your buck with these. This storage bench is definitely stretching that dollar further, since you can also build it for under $100!
We don’t have a ton of storage in our house. No linen closets or coat closets. Having additional storage where we can store blankets, games, books, etc. is so valuable to us. This bench gives you both a place to set your shoes and tons of storage for whatever else you’re trying to stow away.
Download the printable plans for this project and also follow the step by step photo tutorial below!
Storage bench tutorial
- Build the legs
Build the legs for each end of the bench. Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the 1×2 boards and 1 1/2” pocket holes into the 14 1/4” 2×2 boards. Apply wood glue to the ends of the 1×2 and 2×2 boards. Attach the 1×2 boards with 1 1/4” pocket screws and the 2×2 boards with 2 1/2” pocket screws.
- Build the center legs
Drill 1 1/2” pocket holes into the ends of the 14 1/4” 2×2 boards. Apply wood glue to the ends and clamp in place. Attach with 2 1/2″ pocket screws. *Sand all of the assembled leg pieces and paint black.
- Build the side and end panels of the bench
Build the side and end panels. Drill 3/4” pocket holes into one edge of each of the 1×3 boards, both edges of the 1×4 boards, and each end of all of the boards. Attach the boards with wood glue and 1 1/4” pocket screws.
- Build the bottom panel
Drill 3/4” pocket holes into each end and edge of all of the boards that make up the bottom panel. Glue up and clamp the edges of the boards and attach with 3/4” pocket screws.
- Assemble the bench top/lid
Glue up the edges of the boards that make up the lid and clamp together. Apply glue to 1×2 boards and evenly space on the lid, leaving 1 3/8” spacing on each end of the 1x2s and spacing them 13” apart. Attach to the lid with 1 1/4” wood screws. *Stain and finish all of the panels, lid, and 1×2 boards that make up the bottom shelf of the bench.
- Attach end panels
Attach the ends of the panels to the legs using the predrilled pocket holes and 1 1/4” pocket screws.
- Attach front and back panels
Clamp the front and back panels, then attach with 1 1/4” pocket screws.
- Attach the bottom panel
Flip the bench over onto it’s top. Set the bottom panel in place so that it is inset and flush with the bottom edge of the side panels. Clamp in place and attach on all four sides with 1 1/4” pocket screws using a drill or impact driver.
- Attach the center legs
Mark the location of the center legs, based on the diagram above. Glue and clamp the legs in place, then flip the bench over. Mark the center location of the legs from the inside of the bench (20”). Drill 2” screws through the bottom panel into the legs to secure them to the bench.
- Attach shelf slats
To attach the 1×2 boards on the bottom, begin by attaching the boards flush against the front and back legs of the bench. Apply a dot of glue at each of the contact points for the boards and nail into place on each end with 1 1/4” brad nails.
- Attach remaining slats
Once the front and back boards are in place, evenly space the remaining boards between them (approximately 5/8” spacing). Glue and nail in place on each end. Once the boards are in place, flip the bench over and drill 2” screws into the underside of the middle leg support to secure them in place in the middle.
- Attach lid
Attach the lid with 2 1/2” hinges. The hinges can be attached directly to the top edge of the rear panel, or a chisel can be used to carve a mortise into the edge to allow the lid to sit more flush against the rear edge of the bench. Measure and mark 6” in from each end of the bench for hinge placement.
Wood and Metal Look Storage Bench
With the black legs and stained panels, this storage bench gives you the look of a metal base without any of the welding! Make sure you download the printable plans to build your own storage bench!
If you build this bench, I’d love to see it! Just email me the photos or tag me on social media! I’d love to feature your work!