One of the biggest problems anyone with a small home (ok, just anyone!) has is having enough storage space. When the footprint of your home is already limited, the last thing you want to do is add more furniture! A great solution for us is to replace existing pieces with those that pull double duty. These DIY storage bench projects will give you more seating, (we ALL need that!) and more storage space at the same time. Don’t just think of these as a great piece for the entryway… you can use them at your dining table, in a kid’s room, at the foot of the bed, on the covered porch… Yes, and the entry! Ok DIY’ers, go! Or, call the hubby, the wife, or the DIY’er in the fam… whatever gets the job done!
Our feature project above and below, is an Ikea no-sew window bench tutorial from Jill at ‘Mommy Vignettes’. I love this project because it doesn’t take lots of construction, and you can customize it to your room, like she did! The bottom photo is from her girl’s room, and the top one from her living room. Great step by step instructions too!
Another Ikea knock off… This Ikea DIY window seat is from Ruth at ‘Windmill Words’. This is an easy one as well, and the Ikea piece they used as a base already has drawers!
We love Beckie at ‘Infarrantly Creative’… she always has such great projects! This farmhouse bench with weathered finish has room for storage underneath, and is cool enough for a vintage style home, all the way through to the most contemporary space… Love!
Beckie used a plan from Ana White for her farmhouse bench, above, and here is another great project from Ana! Heather made this DIY spa bench from Ana’s plans. Get Ana’s book, “The Handbuilt Home“. (Nope, we get nothing for recommending that, before you ask… We just LOVE Ana!)
Mimi at ‘Blue Roof Cabin’ turned a salvaged door into a dining room banquette! With storage! Click through to see her detailed tutorial on how she did it… great project for a small kitchen breakfast area!
Vivian at ‘Ish and Chi’ has a quick and easy tutorial for her Ikea bench seat. I love this project because they made the whole unit look like a built in by using the drawers on each side… Great design idea!
This flip top storage bench from Ana White is a beginner building project. Her free plans estimate the finished cost at just $65… You couldn’t touch this bench for that in any store!
Make a mini office in a chest with these instructions from ‘Martha’…
From ‘Easy DIY’ in NZ, make this storage bench with drawers from scratch with their tutorial. For those of us in the US, “supawood” is the equivalent to our MDF board… Yes, I did have to look it up. 🙂
Need a little inspiration? ‘Cozy Cottage Cute‘ used a store bought bench, and just added basket storage underneath! Makes it a lot simpler, don’t ya think?
Ok, this last one is just because it’s pretty. No tutorial, but let it inspire you! Love the reclaimed wood top! From ‘Foto le Maire‘.Image Credits: Blue Roof Cabin, Mommy Vignettes, Infarrantly Creative, Ana White, Ish & Chi, Ana White, Martha, Easy DIY, Cozy Cottage Cute, Foto le Maire