There is a brilliant way to maximize your mini space, for example space under the stairs, by making a floating bench. This bench can be a comfortable spot to read or just relax. Inspired by City Farmhouse, here is the tutorial.

Materials:

  • 3/4″ maple plywood
  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Wood screws no.14 x 1 3/4″ for the studs
  • Wood screws No.8 x 1 1/4″ for the other areas
  • Finishing nails 1 1/2″
  • Wood Stain
  • Driftwood Stain
  • Finishing Wax
  • Cotton cloth
  • Gloves
  • Level
  • Tape measure

Stained the top piece of your-going-to-be bench and the front, and also sides of the apron (the piece that finishes it in the front). Applied it with a cotton cloth or a brush. Once that was dry, layered it with driftwood stain to get a rustic appearance and let it dry. When applying stain, be sure to wear your gloves.

Attached your supports, all cut from that large sheet of 3/4″ maple plywood. Your lengths may differ but the height on all the supports were 5″. The stud finder helps you find studs easily. You can used a long nail and hammered it into the wall to be sure before you pre-drilled it.

Once your supports were level at the height that you wanted, then pre-drilled through both the wood and wall. Then used longer wood screws to secure each support to the wall.  You also can use the L brackets to add more security by connecting all the supports.

Next, laid the base on top and secured that to the supports and same for the apron. Once the apron was added it made the entire bench solid as can be.

The final step is to lock your rustic look with finishing wax. It is easy to apply and dry fast.

Add some cushion to make you feel more comfortable. Of course you can use the space under the bench, for example to put a basket storage, books, magazine or shoes.

Original article and pictures by : City Farmhouse

 

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