DIY End of Bed Wood Bench was so easy to build and it only took me a couple of hours to complete the bench. I used scrap wood that I had leftover from a deck repair so the bench did not cost me anything to make.
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I am participating in the At Home DIY Monthly Challenge and this month the challenge is to build anything using a 2×4. You can also use other boards but your project has to include one 2×4. I have been looking forward to this challenge all year.
I am in the process of making over my teenage son’s room and I want to add a bench at the end of his bed. A narrow wooden bench that looks rustic is what I have been seeing in the high-end stores and also in my favorite home decorator’s Instagram pictures. Building the bench myself is going to save me so much money.
one 2×6 or 2×8 for the seat, cut to the length desired. Mine is 36 inches
one 2×4 for legs, cut into the length desired (for the height of the bench). Mine is 19 inches. Cut 2 small pieces for support. Mine is 4 1/2 inches.
Cut the 2×4 for the legs on a 10-degree angle.
Sand the boards before distressing and staining.
I like to google ideas for making wood look old and worn. I think using a chain and hammer works well. Be careful and wear protective eyewear.
Using a Kreg Jig, make pocket holes in the 2×4 that are the legs of the wood bench. This is a good video for using a Kreg Jig.
Secure the legs with wood glue and screws.
Add the smaller board for support with screws. When your bench is built, stain the wood bench any color you like. If I want the wood to look old, I will mix two color stains until I achieve a color I am happy with. I used a mixture of equal parts Minwax in Classic Gray and Minwax in Special Walnut.
Making my own furniture saves me money that I can spend somewhere else. It also gives me pride that I made the DIY End of Bed Wood Bench myself and I made it for my family. I am in the process of making over this bedroom for my son and the full reveal will cost under $100 and will be on the blog soon.
You may also like to see my last year’s $100 Room Makeover.