In this video, I’m going to be building an outdoor storage bench! It’s at a nice and comfortable sitting height, but the lid is on a hinge so I can open it and stow away the cushions when they are not in use.
This is a quick one-day project! So if you are needing a storage trunk for anything, I have a set of plans (that includes material and cut lists) and a CNC cut file:
Check out the video above to see how I built it!
Introduction to DIY Storage Benches
A DIY storage bench is a great way to add storage and seating to any outdoor space. It is perfect for storing cushions, toys, and other items that you want to keep out of sight but still within easy reach. These benches come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, so you can find one that fits your needs and looks great in your outdoor space. Plus, they are easy to build and maintain, so you can enjoy your new bench for years to come.
Benefits of DIY Storage Benches
DIY storage benches offer many benefits over traditional outdoor furniture. First, they are more affordable than buying a ready-made storage bench from a store. You can save money by building the bench yourself and using materials you already have on hand. Second, you can customize the design of your bench to fit your outdoor space, allowing you to create a unique piece of furniture that will be the centerpiece of your outdoor area. Finally, a DIY storage bench can provide extra seating for entertaining or simply relaxing outdoors.
Materials Needed for a DIY Storage Bench
Building a DIY storage bench requires a few basic materials. You will need wood for the frame, plywood for the panels, and screws or nails to hold the frame together. You will also need a saw, drill, and other tools to cut the wood and assemble the frame. Finally, you will need paint or stain to finish the wood and protect it from the elements.
Step-by-Step Guide to Building a DIY Storage Bench
Once you have gathered all the materials you need, you can begin building your DIY storage bench. The first step is to measure and mark the wood for the frame. Next, cut the wood to size and assemble the frame. Once the frame is assembled, add the plywood panels and attach them to the frame using screws or nails. Finally, seal the wood with paint or stain and let it dry before using.
Tips for Building a DIY Storage Bench
Building a DIY storage bench is not difficult, but there are a few tips that can make the process easier. First, make sure to measure twice and cut once to ensure that all the pieces fit together correctly. Second, use a power drill to make drilling holes in the wood easier and faster. Finally, use a sanding block to smooth any rough edges on the wood before applying the finish.
Decorating Ideas for Your DIY Storage Bench
Once your DIY storage bench is built, you can add some decorative touches to make it unique and inviting. One easy way to spruce up your bench is to add cushions or pillows for extra seating or to make the bench more comfortable. You can also use outdoor fabric to make a removable slipcover for the bench or to create a patterned design. Finally, add some outdoor accessories such as lanterns or planters to complete the look.
Troubleshooting Common Problems with DIY Storage Benches
Building a DIY storage bench is not without its challenges. One common problem is that the frame may not be square if the wood is cut incorrectly. To fix this problem, use a square to check the frame before adding the panels. Another problem is that the wood may warp if it is not sealed properly. To prevent this, make sure to seal the wood with paint or stain before using it.
Where to Buy DIY Storage Benches Pre-Made
If you don’t want to build your own storage bench, there are many ready-made benches available for purchase. These benches come ready-to-use, or with all the materials you need to assemble the bench, including the wood, screws, and other hardware. You can buy these online or in home improvement stores like Lowes or Home Depot.
Building a DIY storage bench is a great way to add storage and seating to your outdoor space. With a few basic materials and tools, you can create a unique piece of furniture that will last for years. Plus, you can customize the design to fit your space and add decorative touches to make it one-of-a-kind. If you are needing a storage trunk for anything, I have a set of plans (that includes material and cut lists) and a CNC cut file. These two plans are here Indoor Outdoor Storage Bench Build Plans, or here if you need the CNC file – Indoor Outdoor Storage Bench Build Plans with CNC Cut File. Start building your new Outdoor Storage Bench today!
Things I Used in This Indoor Outdoor DIY Storage Bench Project:
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