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Did you read about the laundry room redo here at SimpleStepsForLivingLife? Check out the space we converted to make it more useful here. Originally, there had been an unused cabinet that just collected junk for the past almost 5 years. Today, it is a landing space for my kids after school and also totes to sort dirty clothes. It’s sooo great! Somehow my house has become so much less messy by just having this little area.
The bench had to be customized for several reasons. There are some plumbing pipes that still stick out of the wall, tall enough to slide over the plumbing plus fit totes under, short enough for the backpacks to not sit on the bench but hang from the wall, and just the right width between the wall and the platform for the new washer and dryer set. With all of this on my mind, I started first by drawing up a simple bench and taking measurements.
Next up, it was time to go to the home improvement store. I wasn’t exactly sure what type of wood to use but knew it needed to be thick enough to hold 200 pounds for adults sitting on it. The 3/4 inch x 16 inch x 8foot unfinished solid wood laminated panel pine board was perfect. I got this cut into 3 boards – 1 for the top at the longest length for my project and 2 for the end supports.
*Be sure that the lengths of the side pieces are have the same measurements. Sometimes the person using the saw doesn’t take into account the width of the saw blade and how this can make one board shorter than the other. I checked mine and sure enough they weren’t quite the same length which would have made me crazy to have a lopsided bench. Thankfully, it was an easy fix that he recut to make sure they matched.
At the store, I also picked up screws to attach everything together. At home, there was leftover oops paint that would work perfectly for the space and also some scrap pieces of 2×2’s to use as bracing on the underneath side of the bench. *This reminds me of another tip, keep in mind the bracing that is used when figuring dimensions and making sure everything will fit under the bench properly.
I used the 2×2’s as additional support at the corners where the top piece matches the bench’s side pieces. So these I cut to length by laying one of the size pieces of the bench on the ground and then put the 2×2’s on this and marked the boards to cut them.
Ok, now, I attached the 2×2’s to the end pieces and made these flush with the top of the side pieces so it would be easy to just place the top piece on and attach this to the bottom sides and the 2×2’s. And I also wanted to make sure that the top piece would go over the top of the side piece for more stability not just 2×2. The center 2×2 wasn’t exactly wasn’t as much support as I had wanted but it’s all I had and so this went in the bottom center of the top of the bench. To get this all put together by myself I first added one side to the top board. Then I had to use the cabinets (or you could use a wall) to keep the pieces in place while I screwed the last side together with the top. It was tricky but worked!
Last step, was to add a finish. I had thought about painting it while like the walls in the laundry room but with three kids and their backpacks and umbrellas and who knows, I needed something that could hide scuff marks. Luckily, I had plenty of oops paint I found at the store. Having this layered on didn’t have the finish I was looking for so I added about 1/4 water to 3/4 paint for a somewhat wash looking effect.
Here is it in place for our new mudroom area! Yahooo!!!!!
This bench only took one day to complete and was super simple and was a fraction of the cost of purchasing one premade that might not fit just right. If you are looking for a more finished look, use a 2×2 under the top at the front of the bench. It can cover the end pieces of the 2×2 on the sides and will also make it more sturdy. I’m super happy with how this turned out for our laundry room makeover!
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