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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!

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.
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Sherrill Johnson

Monday 15th of March 2021

I love love the upholstered storage bench and would like to purchase the how to plans. Is the plan for sale?


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

The plans are free. I shared them on the Kreg website, you can find the link toward the bottom of the post!

walter jameson

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

would like the build plans


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

If you look at the bottom of the post there is a link to the build plans.


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Hi Kati! I love this style! It is a beautiful bench! Could you elaborate more on how you finished it? Is this made of pine? Did you stain before using the age accelerator? Any poly after that? Thank you!


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

I made it out of douglas fir 2x2s and whitewood 1xs. The stain is just the brown Varathane aged wood accelerator and I didn't seal it at all after. I didn't want the shiny finish of a poly. If you want it more protected, you can use a wax to seal it without the shine, or try a matte poly.

Joel Fingeroot

Friday 13th of November 2020

On your cut list, is says for the small side slats to cut 2x 3/4 x 3.5 x 1.5. Is that a typo?


Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Yes it is. The small slats are suppose to be 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 16 1/2". I have corrected it!

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