As promised, today I’m sharing my bench seat with lockers tutorial. A couple weeks ago, I showed you phase one of this project: bench seat with cubbies. I completed this project for the One Room Challenge back in the Fall and it is probably the most practical project I have done. I appreciate this space so much, as it keeps all of our stuff organized and from making its way into my kitchen.
Originally, this area was a coat closet; which was nice but easily became cluttered. A true mudroom was something I had been dreaming of for a while. You can see the entire mudroom transformation here. What would a mudroom be without a bench seat with lockers for all of the kids’ stuff?
So, let’s get to it!
How to Build a Bench Seat with Lockers
Supplies Needed: (affiliate links included)
measuring tape (This tape measure, with the magnetic end, is great for big projects)
1x2x8 (quantity needed depends on project)
1x4x8 (length needed depends on project dimensions)
2x10x8 (length needed depends on project dimensions)
2-1/2″ nail gun nails
Step One: Measure
First, we’ll measure out the space for your lockers….making them approximately the same distance apart as the cubbies below. Determine all of the dimensions: How tall? Wide? Deep? Do you want a shelf on top (like mine)? Or do you want them to go all the way to the ceiling and add shelves within the lockers? Or maybe cabinets? So many options. To make things a little more visual for me, I placed boards on my bench to space out each locker and determine if that would give us enough space for backpacks, coats, etc….
Step Two: Assemble the lockers
Next, I headed out to my shop (a.k.a my garage 🙂 ) to build my lockers. Using my measurements, I cut my 3/4″ plywood to size: Cutting my top shelf first (as shown below-horizontal board); then I cut each board separating each of my lockers (vertical boards). Next, add pocket holes to both ends of your vertical locker boards (as shown below). As you can see below, I assembled this upside down, placing my top shelf on the bottom and using pocket hole screws to attach each of my vertical boards separating each locker….
Step Three: Attach lockers to bench top
Now, we’re ready to bring it inside. Attach your assembled lockers to the bench top, using pocket hole screws…
Then fill in all of your pocket holes with wood filler…
Step Four: Add trim pieces
Using 1×2’s trim out the sides of each of your lockers.
Cut 1×4’s to fit lengthwise on the back wall of each of your lockers. (These will hold your coat/bag hooks).
This is optional, but I added underlayment (cut to size) to the fronts of each of my lockers. This gave it a smoother, more finished look….
Step Five: Ready for Paint
After filling in all of the nail holes and caulking, your bench seat with lockers is ready for paint. I found it easiest to stain my bench seat first and then tape off the bench seat and paint my lockers…
Step Six: Top shelf
Measure the length needed for your top shelf and then cut your 2×10 to size.
Sand and stain 2×10 board.
After board dries add it to top of lockers using metal brackets…
Step Six: Finishing Touches
Add decorative hooks and you are finished!!!
Well, almost finished…Don’t forget to personalize it with all of the pretties on your top shelf…
Until next time,
Happy Building, Friend!! Affiliate Links are included in this post.
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