We moved somewhere from wanting to home nice to look at, to like at home pag binuotan at all times.
Increasingly, I turn to “built-in” furniture for my home. Built-in furniture is the basis of an organized home-it creates permanent storage for everything you own. Down to the smallest lego, you know where everything is going.
Built -in furniture also includes your belongings – so it looks like it simplifies your home, hiding different patterns and colors. This is why kitchens can work so well, and save a lot, but still look neat and tidy.
I also love that built -in furniture, or custom cabinetry – designed to fit your space exactly – is sometimes even attached to the back wall, which usually has a completely enclosed bottom. These little details make cleaning faster, and make your home even cleaner.
Established Construction Bank
I am working on a toy storage system for my little one. He is in the stage of a million small toys. The goal is a bank with a hut system (like this), so that he can sit on the bench, use the bench for playing, or stand on the bench to reach the toys in the upper hut. This week I finished the bank!
Other Uses for this Bank
While I use this bench for storing toys, it is the perfect bench for other household items:
- Mud or Entryway -Add coat hooks or a shed or shelf with hooks on top for a regular mud. For deeper benches, use the back baskets on open shelves for out-of-season shoes, and leave the front open for everyday use.
- kitchen chair – Configure to create a banquet in the kitchen, or built in kitchen chair
- Window Seat – Perfect bench for under the window seat. Add cabinetry on either side for the built in window seat wall.
- Media Console Bank – Add a TV to the top wall and towers on each side for the media suite wall
Tools and Materials
Here’s what you need to build your bank
- Plywood carcass kit (either order from Shelf Help or download the diagrams and cut yourself and finish the front sides)
- Kreg Jig with 1-1 / 4 “pocket hole screws (depending on the size of the bench, I use about 50)
- Compound miter saw
- 18 gauge brad nailer
- 1×3 bay support, 4 per bay (can be low grade wood)
- 3-1 / 4 “high base molding for bottom
- 3/4 “or 1” long brad nails
- wood glue
- Finishing materials: wood filler, 120 and 200 grit sandpaper, primer, paint, brush and roller, or stain and stain rag
Design and Build Bank
Use ours free Shelf Help Configurator to design your chair to fit your space – it takes all the math and mistakes and gives you a visualization. Here is the exact benchmark for photo and video:
If designing your built-in bank, here are some tips to help you get professional viewing results:
- Total length should be between 16-18 “
- Total width up to 8 feet-if taller, you will need to add a solid wood top because the maximum height of plywood is 8 feet, or break the bench into two or more .
- Recommended depth of 20-1/4 “or 23-1/4”
- Avoid shelf lengths of more than 36 “, as the wood may start to dry out.
- Consider the size of any baskets or bins that will fit on the shelves
- Consider the length of the baseboard trim when placing shelf heights. Normal baseboards are 3-1 / 4 “and 5-1 / 4”.
Main Carcass Assembly
Once you have finished designing your bank, order the pieces or download the drawings and print and cut the plywood as instructed on the cut list. Also finish the front edges with edge seams.
Mark all pocket holes in the plywood, and drill pocket holes in the 3/4 “setting. Use 3-4 pocket holes per joint, equal spacing. Avoid pocket holes too close to the edge.
Assemble the bench, using 1-1/4 ”pocket hole screws and glue.
The plywood carcass should be reinforced with bay supports.
Cut four 1×3 per bay, to fit the width of the shelves.
For the front, top support bay, just drill two pocket holes at each end, and attach. Then attach to the underside of the top with 1-1 / 4 “screws (pocket hole screws can be used), inset about 1/4” from the front edge for dimension.
For the remaining bay supports, drill two pocket holes at each end, and then pocket holes facing up every 8-12 ”.
The base trim is finished at the bottom. If you add other cabinet components, for example towers on either side, add base trim to the area, wrapping the entire cabinet.
For the standalone bench, simply cut the base trim using a miter saw, with 45 degree angles, and nail down using 3/4 ”brad nails and wood glue.
Wood can be finished in a variety of ways, from stains to paints. This bench was prepared and painted with several coats of semigloss paint.