Questions? cher@designsbystudioc.com

An Excellent Seating and Storage Solution!


DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench

Sometimes a place to sit while taking off your shoes plus a place to put those shoes is necessary – especially if you have kids! The DIY plans to build a Laura Storage Bench are the perfect solution to that dilemma. An easy bench to build (which requires straight off-the-shelf lumber) with matching crates is a project that can be done in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 3″ screws
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

Lumber list includes materials to build two crates!

  • 4 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 4 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×4 at 18″ – Side Frames
  • 2- 2×2 at 15″ – Side Frames
  • 4 – 2×2 at 16-1/2″ – Side Frames
  • 4 – 2×2 at 33″ – Lower & Upper Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15″ x 33″ – Lower Shelf
  • 2 – 2×2 at 15″ – Seat Supports
  • 2 – 2×2 at 13″ – Dividers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 33″ – Seat
  • 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 13-1/2″ – Crate Ends
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 13″ x 14-1/2″ – Crate Bottoms
  • 20 – 1×2 at 16″ – Crate Side Slats

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the side frames. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter 2×2 pieces, as well as one end only of the longer 2×2 pieces. Assemble the frame as shown using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the lower stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the stretchers to the legs, locating them 2″ up from the bottom, and securing them using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Lower Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the lower shelf. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the shelf to the lower stretchers and side framing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the shelf will be flush with the top face of the stretchers.

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Shelf

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the upper stretchers. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the upper stretchers to the legs, locating them 2″ down from the top of the side frame, and securing them in place using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Upper Stretchers

Step Five

Cut the pieces for the seat supports. Secure the supports to the side framing (flush with the upper stretchers) using glue and countersunk 3″ screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Seat Supports

Step Six

Cut the piece for the seat. If using edge banding, it will need to be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before securing the seat to the frame. Secure the seat using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Seats

Finish as desired.

To Build the Crates:

Step One

Cut the pieces for the crate ends. Cut the handles in each piece using a 1″ hole saw or paddle bit, and a jigsaw.

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Crate Sides

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the crate bottoms. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in the shorter edges. Secure the sides using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Crate Bottom

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the crate side slats. The top slat will be flush with the top of the ends, and the bottom slats will be flush with the bottom of the ends and the bottom of the sides. Secure the slats using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Secure the remaining slats in between spacing them approximately 1-1/8″ apart.

DIY Plans to Build a Laura Storage Bench_Crate Side Slats

Finish as desired.

This bench would be an excellent addition to a mudroom, entryway, or even to a covered porch! The bench would also make a fabulous gift… Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Laura Storage Bench? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

Designs by Studio C is your DIY connection to How-To information, DIY projects and free furniture plans. Have questions about the plans? Contact me at cher@designsbystudioc.com!
Some posts on DbSC contain affiliate links. What this means is that if the link is clicked and a sale is made, I will make a small profit. Product links and sponsored posts are what help keep DbSC going - thank you for the support!