D.I.Y. kids wooden storage bench

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D.I.Y. kids wooden storage bench

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Project Overview

A wooden storage bench is the perfect way to tidy up in your kids’ bedrooms. Not only does it look great, but it has practical shelves and a handy storage box to help you keep their books and toys organised. After you’ve had your timber pre-cut, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to remove a bent nail

If a nail bends as you hammer it in, don’t try to straighten it, just remove it. The easiest way to do this is to place a thin piece of timber beside the nail to support the hammer and protect the surface. Fit the claw of the hammer under the nail head and pull the handle towards you until the nail comes out. Keep the handle as close to vertical as possible so you don’t make the nail hole wider.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Mark and measure the base
3 Fix the uprights
4 Attach the top
5 Attach the shelf
6 Fix the front and back storage box panels
7 Screw the unit together to secure
8 Fix the lid to the storage box
9 Make the legs
10 Measure and mark where the legs will go
11 Pre-drill the holes
12 Attach the legs
13 Putty and sand the unit
14 Paint the storage bench
15 Just add toys
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    To make this project easier, you can get your timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings. We cut the 285mm x 19mm pine into the following lengths:
    • 381mm x 4 (for the uprights)
    • 1200mm x 1 (for the base)
    • 610mm x 1 (for the top)
    • 276mm x 1 (for the shelf)
    • 590mm x 1 (for the lid)

    For the front and back of the storage bench, we cut the 405mm x 19mm x 1200mm porta panel into 2 x 571mm x 285mm pieces.

  • Step 2. Mark and measure the base

    For this storage bench we’re starting with the 1200mm timber base. Two of the 381mm uprights will stand at each end. Mark at the 590mm and 885mm points from one end, this is where two of the uprights will be positioned. Square up the lines and extend them onto the front and back edges of the timber.
  • Step 3. Fix the uprights

    Turn the base onto its edge. Apply a bead of PVA glue to one end of the upright. Place the upright at one end of the base and fix it in place with a nail gun. Repeat this for the upright at the other end of the base and then fix the two other uprights in the middle.
  • Step 4. Attach the top

    Next you need to fix the 610mm timber to the top of the three uprights where the shelves will go. Mark out a centre line on your 610mm piece so it lines up with the middle upright. Apply PVA glue to the top of each upright and then secure the top with the nail gun. Wipe off any excess glue.
  • Step 5. Attach the shelf

    The 276mm piece of timber is for the shelf. We positioned our shelf in the centre of the two uprights but you can position it where you like. Lay the bench on its side. Measure and mark halfway between the inner two uprights and square the mark off with a pencil line. Apply PVA glue down each edge of the shelf and slide it in place between the two uprights. Secure it with the nail gun. Wipe off any excess glue.
  • Step 6. Fix the front and back storage box panels

    The two pieces of porta panel are for the front and back panels of the storage box. Both of ours measured 571mm x 285mm. Apply glue to their edges and drop them into place between the remaining uprights. Secure them with the nail gun and wipe away any excess glue.
  • Step 7. Screw the unit together to secure

    Now it’s time to make the unit secure. Use the 3mm drill bit to pre-drill holes, countersink them and drill in the 35mm chipboard screws. Use two screws on each of the uprights. Make sure you screw the uprights in place at the top and bottom of the unit.
  • Step 8. Fix the lid to the storage box

    Next, you need to fix the 590mm lid into place with hinges. The hinges should be evenly spaced, ours measured 122mm from the edges. Measure and mark the hinge positions on the lid and the storage box. Use the 2.5mm drill bit to pre-drill the holes for the hinges. Be careful not to drill through the lid. Then screw the hinges with 15mm screws into the lid first, then into the back edge of the storage unit to attach the lid.
  • Step 9. Make the legs

    We’re using 40mm dowel for the legs. First, cut the end of the dowel so that it’s square. Then measure and mark the dowel to make your legs 80mm long. After you’ve measured and marked, cut the four legs with a mitre saw.
  • Step 10. Measure and mark where the legs will go

    Turn the unit upside down. Measure and mark where the legs are to go, remembering to evenly space the feet for balance and stability. The legs also need to be far enough away from the edges so that they can be drilled through the base. Once you’ve measured and marked where the feet will go, trace around each foot and find the centre – that’s where you’ll be drilling.
  • Step 11. Pre-drill the holes

    Turn the unit on its side. Pre-drill the four holes through the base of the unit where you’ve marked. Then hold the dowel leg in place where it will be fitted and drill through your holes into the centre of the dowel. Countersink the pre-drilled holes.
  • Step 12. Attach the legs

    Apply glue to the top of the dowel leg. Hold the dowel against the base of the unit and use the 35mm screws to attach the leg. Repeat this for the three other legs.
  • Step 13. Putty and sand the unit

    Use a suitable coloured wood putty to fill in the nail and screw holes. Let the putty dry and lightly sand the unit. Wipe away any dust.
  • Step 14. Paint the storage bench

    You can paint the storage bench any colour you like. To give the storage bench a great looking finish apply at least two coats. We also left our feet natural, but you could paint yours if you like.
  • Step 15. Just add toys

    Once the paint is dry, it’s ready to fill up with your kids’ favourite things.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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