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Tidbit Tuesday: A Bench Fit for Daydreaming

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I don’t like dressers. I feel like they often take up a lot of space and aren’t useful for anything other than storing clothes. Though I hang up the majority of my clothes, I needed find a better storage solution for folded items than 1) piles of clothes on the top shelf of my closet and 2) plastic storage bins. What did I do? I set out to build a storage bench/seat for my room.

Now, I’ll start off saying I did not and possibly could not have done this on my own. Once again the most amazing partner ever stepped in to help me design the bench, pick out supplies, and taught me how to use a power saw (which is amazingly scary, btw). There was a lot of trial and error (mainly because I am not so good at cutting straight), but I ended up with something that I absolutely love!

Home Depot for Supplies...Check!

Home Depot for Supplies…Check!

I measured the space in my room where I wanted the bench to go. Afterwards, I used those measurements to make the frame.

Measuring the 2x3's to be cut. These were used to make the frame

Measuring the 2×3’s to be cut. These were used to make the frame

Gettin' it done with the power saw.

Gettin’ it done with the power saw.

Thank God we have a basement…I didn’t have to do this outside in the cold. Using a power saw is invigorating and scary. Luckily, it didn’t matter too much if the cuts were super straight and the ones I messed up terribly, Avery fixed them for me.

The frame

The frame

Here’s the frame made from 2×3’s. It’s 4ft long, 2ft tall and 2ft wide.

Screwing in the top, sides, and bottom

Screwing in the top, sides, and bottom

Next, I had to add a bottom, top, and sides.

Yay! The shell of it is done!

Yay! The shell of it is done!

At this point, all I needed to do was add a cushion and fabric. (btw–the baskets came from target)

Found a cushion at a thrift store for 2.50

Found a cushion at a thrift store for 2.50

All done! :)

All done! 🙂

Next, I stapled the cushion to the the top of the bench and then covered with fabric.

Rest, read, reflect. Love my day dream corner!

Rest, read, reflect. Love my day dream corner!

All in all, wood + fabric + cushion + baskets cost about $75. I’m sure there were cheaper options (I thought about buying a thrifted trunk and just adding a seat), but I really wanted to learn to cut wood and assemble this from scratch. Plus, I wanted to make sure I had enough room to store the items I wanted to.  I’m pleased with how it turned out!

Until next time,

A.Reese

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Author: A. Reese

Just a girl who enjoys creating and living :)

11 thoughts on “Tidbit Tuesday: A Bench Fit for Daydreaming

  1. You ladies are pretty awesome! You rocked it Todd Oldham style!

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  2. Looks great. i need to build one for my alcove

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  3. Beautiful job MissAshante. One of my fav. Classes in 7/8th grade was woodshop! We got to build things! I done like dressers either but I do have the issue with storage of folded items so I’m a victim of plastic container/drawers in my closet!! Im needing a thrifty idea on closet organizing ~ I refuse to hire and pay $5,000 to have it done by a “professional” when I’m sure it can be done for $100 or so!!

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    • Thanks! I had never used a power saw before, so I wanted to try. I’m happy with the results, and I was able to get rid of those plastic containers in my closet! The storage bins I use hold quite a bit (I think they’re 12in x 12in) and they didn’t cost much (8.99 a bin on sale at Target).

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  4. So, you have a power saw to loan to your friends now? Sweet. This is so gorgeous. Congratulations.

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