DIY Storage Bench to Offer Seating and Storage
Summer is finally here and that means more time spent outdoors playing, relaxing, and entertaining. Those people with children or who entertain often know that there is nothing worse than having to clean up toys and outdoor items after the fun is over or not having enough seating for everyone to relax. A great solution for this is building your very own outdoor storage bench. Not only will this provide additional seating but also keep outdoor toys organized and handy for whatever the summer may bring!
Tools and Materials for DIY Storage Bench:
– 2 x 4 wooden boards
– ¾ inch plywood
– 3 inch concrete screws
– 3 inch strap hinges
– Wood screws
– Circular and Miter saws
– Hammer drill
– Pneumatic framing gun
– Framing Square
– 10-guage nail gun
– 2 foot level
Directions for Building a DIY Storage Bench:
1. Frame the Storage Bench: Cut the 2 x 4 wooden boards to the appropriate lengths for both the top and bottom of the frame based on the desired size of the bench. Using the hammer drill, attached the wooden boards together to form two rectangles, one for the top and one for the bottom. Attach supports around the bottom frame for stability, making sure they are the same length and are level all the way around. Then, attach the top frame to the supports. To finish the frame, insert and attach supports throughout the bottom portion of the frame.
2. Attach the Panel Sides and Bottom: Cut the ¾ inch plywood to the appropriate size for the outside and bottom of the frame. Attach the plywood to the outside of the frame, keeping the plywood flush with the top of the frame and install the bottom plywood panel from the inside of the frame. If you are permanently securing the bench into a concrete slab, make sure to secure the frame using 3 inch concrete screw before installing the bottom panel.
3. Insert a Back Support and Install the Bench Lid: Cut a 2 x 4 wooden board to the length of the inside, back section of the bench frame. Install this along the top, back edge of the bench to add additional support. Then, cut a plywood board 1 inch longer and wider than the dimensions of the frame – this will become the lid of the bench. Attach the lid to the back, top side of the bench using strap hinges.
4. Finish and Enjoy: Once the bench is assembled, use heavy grit sandpaper to ware away any sharp or splintered edges. Paint the storage bench the color of your choice, add a cushion and enjoy your new, functional and comfortable seating addition!