How to Build a Bedroom Storage Bench

Updated February 21, 2017

Building a bench for your bedroom can add beauty, additional seating and valuable storage space. Place your storage bench at the end of your bed or use it as a window seat. Storage benches are simple building projects that you can complete in a few hours, especially if you plan ahead.

Determine the style of storage bench you prefer, one with doors on the front or one with a top that lifts up. Measure the length, width and depth requirements for your bedroom storage bench based on the size of the area where it will reside. Benches placed under a window or at the end of the bed may have height and width restrictions. Make a materials list that includes the specific measurements so that you can have the cuts made at the home improvement store, saving you time and effort.

Assemble your materials and begin to build the frame for your bedroom storage bench by creating two rectangles with the 2x4s cut for the length and width of the frame. Join them together with the 2x4s cut for the height of the bench frame. You will now have a rectangular box.

Attach support 2x4s every 12 to 16 inches across the width of the top of the bench. Add at least one 2x4 support beam in the centre of each side of your storage bench.

Cover all sides of the storage bench that will not have an opening with ¾-inch plywood. If you are adding doors to the front, frame out the area with wood strips in preparation for the doors.

Attach the piano hinge to the top lid of your bedroom storage bench, and then attach it to the bench frame. If you have doors, attach the hinges to the frames, then attach the doors.

Sand your bedroom storage bench until it is smooth enough to paint or stain. If painting, use a primer and let it dry before applying a thin coat of paint. Let it dry, and then apply another coat of paint.

Add a thick cushion to the top of your bedroom storage bench, or add pillows for comfort and decoration.


Drawer mechanisms in your bedroom storage bench take up a lot of room, so stick with top or door access.


Wear appropriate safety gear when working with power tools.

Things You'll Need

  • 2x4 posts
  • ¾-inch plywood
  • 2x2 brace supports
  • Piano hinge or door hinges
  • Screw driver
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sand paper
  • Paint or stain
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.