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Simple Upholstered Storage Bench Build Plans

You’ll love the extra storage this DIY storage bench give any room in your home!

One of the biggest challenges we have in our new home is lack of storage. There is no closet by the front door to help corral shoes and more. So we are working on creating lots of storage solutions!

I partnered with Kreg Tools and their project plan site,, to make a simple upholstered storage bench that works perfectly in our entryway.

And now with our storage bench and our amazing mudroom storage lockers, we have solved a huge storage problem in our home. Isn’t being organized heavenly?

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Half of the brown stained wood storage bench upholstered with a black faux leather top next to a plant in a cloth basket.

Uses for the Upholstered Bench

We are using our storage bench in the entryway. It will hopefully be able to store all the shoes that keep cluttering the entryway, plus things like umbrellas, work gloves and more!

But the simple design of this bench makes it perfect for many different uses! And anyway you use it, you will love the large storage compartment.

Brown wood storage bench with top opened showing the large storage compartment.

So I decided to list some of the different places you could use this storage bench in your home:

  • Coffee table: the storage inside would be perfect for extra throw pillows, blankets and more.
  • Window seat: place in front of a window in your kids room for a comfy seat to read, with storage for toys inside.
  • Game bench: use in a playroom to hold your favorite board games, and you can use the bench for seating around a game table or even use it as a table to play.
  • Bedroom bench: place at the foot of your bed for a place to sit and it can hold linens and blankets, or a place to store your decorative pillows while you sleep.
  • Storage chest: add to any corner of any room where you need extra storage or seating.
Upholstered storage bench with faux black leather top in front of a window next to a fiddle leaf fig plant.

Easy to Build Bench

The design of the bench is simple, but I love the little detail of the sides sitting higher. With the upholstered top, it creates such a beautiful silhouette.

You could build this bench out of any wood you like. Reclaimed wood would be beautiful with the simple design.

Close up of the side profile of the DIY upholstered storage bench.

Since I did not have any reclaimed wood, I decided to build my bench out of inexpensive (and therefore not perfect) 2×2 and 1×4 furring strips. Then I finished it with an aged wood accelerator to give the bench the feel of reclaimed wood.

And the best part, the wood for the bench (minus the plywood since I used a scrap piece) cost less than $30.

Front view of the simple wood storage bench with black leather top that lifts up.

Simple Upholstery

If you have never upholstered any furniture before, don’t worry, the upholstery on this bench is super simple!

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The keys to any upholstery project is to start with a high density foam (this is the foam I used for this bench). That way it will hold up to use. Then top if off with quilt batting. This will soften the corners of the foam and wood.

For our bench top, I used faux leather that was left over from last years Halloween costumes. The faux leather gives the bench a high end look and is easy to clean off, which is perfect if you have kids around!

Close up of the black leather upholstered top of the wood bench.

I use a light duty stapler to secure the fabric and batting around the plywood top. No fancy upholstery tools needed!

And since the top is just a rectangle, it is as easy as wrapping a present. It’s the perfect upholstery project for a beginner.

More Storage Ideas

I love making beautiful storage solutions for our home. Functional pieces make me so happy.

Check out these other great storage projects:

Storage Bench Woodworking Plans

If you are ready to add more storage to your home, I am sharing the plans with you for free over on

Click here for the complete build plans.

Need a bench without storage? I love this simple DIY X-leg bench.

Brown and black farmhouse storage bench against light gray walls next to a fiddle leaf fig tree.

Happy Building!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati
Wood storage bench with black upholstered top in front of a window with text overlay.


Sunday 15th of October 2023

Hey Kati, I’m curious how you “set back” the side and front slats between the 1/4” to 3/4 “ mark as mentioned above to give it a more asthetic appearance. Pocket hole screws can easily make the wood shift it seems so wasn’t sure how to accomplish this task


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

Place a scrap of wood the width you want it set back under it. Then clamp everything and secure!


Saturday 18th of March 2023

What is your best guess for maximum weight if someone were to sit on the bench?

Kati Farrer

Monday 27th of March 2023

I have personally seen 400+ with no problem. It's tough to guess what the max is though. I would feel confident 2 large adults would have no issues.


Monday 7th of March 2022

Hello, I was wondering if there was any way to install a lock on this? I would love to use this in my AIRBNB for toilet paper and paper towel storage.


Sunday 19th of December 2021

Hello, I am trying to access the link for the plans but looks that there is something wrong with the site. Can I access the plans in any other way? Thanks :D


Monday 20th of December 2021

Thanks for letting me know, I have emailed Kreg to correct this. They moved all their plans to under the projects & plans tab. You can quickly search there for all my build plans.


Friday 29th of October 2021

Hi Kati! Do you think that a 60" long version of this bench would be feasible if I added an extra bottom support board? Thanks!


Thursday 4th of November 2021

@Kati, Thanks!


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Yes, and I would also add extra legs in the center to help support it.

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