How to Make a Bench for Bedroom Storage
Building a bedroom storage bench is a great way of adding a significant amount of convenient storage space in your bedroom. It is even more convenient in kids' bedrooms where tons of toys need to be stored away, but at the same time be within reach. Let us go through the basic steps involved to manage to build your own bedroom storage bench rather than forging out a substantial amount of money to buy one. Besides, you would have the opportunity to personalize and customize it according to your needs and likes.
Step 1: Plan
First of all you need to plan how large you want the storage bench to be. This is directly effected by the items you wish to store in it and the area where you wish to place it. Write down the dimensions you will be applying so as to acquire enough wood for it, together with all the other tools and materials you will be needing. You also have to decide the style of the storage bench. The most commonly used type is to make it with a lid on top.
Step 2: Choose the Wood
Next, choose the wood you will be using. You may wish to match it with the remaining furniture items in the bedroom.
Step 3: Cut the Wood
Cut the wood according to your dimensions. You will have three sets of rectangles, namely the base and top, the front and back, and the two sides.
Step 4: Sand the Wood
Next, sand the wood planks so as to provide a smoother finish. Then, wipe with a damp cloth so as to remove the dust particles.
Step 5: Assembling
Now you have to assemble the storage bench. Practically you will be building a box. Fasten by means of heavy duty screws. Fasten from the inside to the outside so as not to have them show up front. Then, use brace supports at the corners for additional sturdiness. You may also add some in between if the bench is rather large. You may also apply wood glue.
Step 6: Attach the Legs
You may opt to skip this step if you prefer to have a simple storage bench. However, if you prefer to have it with legs you can attach them at this point by means of wood glue, and then screw them in for extra security.
Step 7: Add Molding
You may also wish to decorate the storage bench by adding some moulding or other decorative trimmings. These can be attached by means of glue in most cases.
Step 8: Fix the Lid
Fix the lid on top by means of hinges.
Step 9: Painting
You may wish to paint the storage bench. In such a case apply the first coating and allow it to dry. Then, apply a second coating for adding neatness. Once the paint coating is dry apply a coating of sealer so as to help the wood retain a good look for longer. It is up to you what type of finish to apply, and it is greatly dependant on the decor of the bedroom and the other furniture items style and material.
Step 10: Upper Part Decoration
Most people like to place a cushion on top or to upholster a piece of foam of the same size as the lid. This will greatly improve its look and complement the soft furnishings of the bedroom.