Building Instructions Bench

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Space and storage space are in short supply in many apartments. However, experienced do-it-yourselfers know a solution: they build furniture for themselves that can do with little space and at the same time create storage space. Such a solution is the bench, which may be missing in virtually no dining area: on a bench several people have space, so it is ideal for small kitchens and dining rooms.

The seat does not necessarily have to stand in the dining room. It is also suitable for the balcony, the terrace or in the bedroom. In addition, our practical bench offers valuable storage space.

Building your seat according to your own ideas

The self-construction of furniture always has the advantage that consumers can faithfully adapt it to their own ideas and needs. This is especially important in furniture such as a bench seat, when they not only provide a seat for several people, but also offer storage space at the same time.

Do-it-yourselfers enjoy virtually unlimited creative freedom in their own construction. You can opt for a simple wooden variant, as we offer it afterwards, or other materials such as rattan.


Do-it-yourselfers who want to build a seat themselves must first think things through , The first question to be answered is:

  • Space-saving seating solution for the dining area
  • Storage space in the bedroom
  • Outdoor seating solution

In the dining area, the bench must offer both comfortable and sufficient storage space. For the bedroom, the storage space is more important than the seat itself. On the other hand, the seat is important, the storage space is a nice extra.

For the realization of a bench, do-it-yourselfers need a large arsenal of tools. In addition to the classic protective equipment and a workbench, a saw is needed to make the individual parts according to the dimensions. If do-it-yourselfers do not have a saw, they can borrow it from specialist dealers. Alternatively, they can be cut to pieces according to our specifications.

You need :

  • Protective equipment (safety goggles, gloves, etc.)
  • Workbench
  • 40/40 mm Square timber according to the dimensions of the plan (Softwood, eg pine)
  • MDF fibreboards or 16 mm thick solid wood panels according to the dimensions of the plan
  • Steel nails, 25 mm
  • 8 x Lens countersunk screws, 3.2 / 40 mm (or similar)
  • 8 x simple wood screws, 4/30 mm
  • 8 x round head wood screws, 35 mm in length and diameter like holes in the corner angles
  • 8 x round head wood screws with a length of only 1.5 cm and the same diameter as holes in the furniture hinges
  • 4 x metal corner brackets
  • 2 x metal furniture hinges
  • Wood glue (eg Ponal Express)
  • Wood drill, 8 mm
  • Wood drill, 3 mm
  • Emery paper, 400 grit
  • Cordless Screwdriver
  • If present: Circular / Band / Miter Saw

Building Instructions Bench

How to do it

Step 1

Prepare components 1 to 6 as shown on the plate presented on. Carefully saw off all panels using a circular saw with guide rail. To make the squared timbers clean, use a band saw or a miter saw.

Sand off all edges with the emery paper. This process should be carried out carefully, after all, one should later sit comfortably on the bench without being injured by splinters or rough edges.

Have the boards in the cutting department of a construction market sawed to size. How to save time and effort!

Step 2

Using the round head wood screws, screw the metal corner brackets sideways to the upper edge of the parts 3 (see diagram). Screw part 4 together with two parts 3. Repeat the steps for the other side.

Step 3

Using the lens countersunk screws, screw the parts 1 to the sides of the parts 2. Place a screw on each side of the top and bottom, about 3 cm from the edge. To prevent the wood panels from breaking, you can pre-drill them with a 3 mm wood drill in the appropriate places.

You can make the bond even stronger by brushing the side edges of the parts 2 with wood glue before drilling.

Step 4

Turn the bolted box upside down and place Part 5 on it. This serves as a floor. Nailing it in at least 6 places with the steel nails.

Step 5

Using the small round head screws, screw the metal furniture hinges to the long side of part 6, about 10 cm from both sides into the center moved. Screw the hinges to the inside of one of the parts 1, this is now the back of the finished bench. The part 6 must now be able to fold as a lid on the box. Do not be surprised, the lid will protrude slightly from the front of the seat for easier lifting.

Step 6

Use the simple wood screws to screw in the side brackets (parts 3 and 4) from the inside Parts 2. Make sure that the stirrups are at least 2 cm down so the box floats later in the air.


More tips :

  • Good craftsmen can do better than simple ones Furniture hinges use so-called flap hinges.
  • The seat can be painted in all imaginable colors. You can use acrylic paints, they do not smell and are suitable for indoor use.
  • Place cushions or a small blanket on the seat for added comfort.