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Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Complete

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets

The other day we wrote about turning a dresser into a room divider and storage.  Today we will finish this project with the living room sitting bench with storage baskets.  I was inspired to create, design and build this functional sitting bench while roaming through a Ballard’s catalog and their Bourdonnais Desk.  The fancy x leg design was calling my name.

This DIY custom build furniture was actually quite simple.  The overall length of the living room sitting bench with storage baskets was determined by the length of our dresser room divider from part two.

Here is the living room sitting bench with storage baskets measurements and materials:

Overall size: 54”L x 14 ¾”H x 18”D

Materials to purchase:

1 – 2×2 @ 6’ – Pine

1 – 1×2 @ 8’ – Pine

6 – 1×3 @ 6’ – Pine

1 – 13/64 Plywood @ 54” x 18” – plywood

Kreg pocket hole screws 1 ¼” and 1” for joining the sitting bench to the frame.

Cut List


4 – 2×2 @ 14”

4 – 1×3 @ 15”

4 – 1×2 @ approximately 22” [will form the X design on the legs]


5 – 1×3 @ 50 1/8” [your size may vary depending on the bench length]

9 – 1×3 @ 15” [to hold the storage baskets]

Instructions for building your living room sitting bench with storage baskets

It is always advisable to read through all the plans before you start any project.  Here are the living room sitting bench with storage baskets building plans complete with measurements:

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Building Plans with measurements
Sitting Bench Building Plans

Cut the four 2×2 and four 1×3 for the legs.  Whenever I cut pieces the same size, I like to use a jig to ensure each cut is identical.

Kreg drill two holes using the ¾” drill guide in each end of the 1×3.  These will attach to the 2×2.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Kreg Drill and Screw

Since we wanted a reveal on our sitting bench legs we placed a scrap piece of 1x beneath the 1x3s.  Briefly clamp the 2x2s to prevent the legs from moving while you drill the 1 ¼” Kreg screws.  Attach two 1x3s to two 2×2.  You now have one side of your living room sitting bench with storage baskets built.  Repeat the process for the second leg.

Building the X design on the legs was a bit tricky, but with some patience, it worked out just fine.  The trick is to draw the correct angle on our 1×2.  Lay a 1×2 underneath the leg, making sure the edges align. Carefully draw a line on each end to mark the angle.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - X Design


Lay the board on our saw and attempt to align the pencil mark with the laser beam (We are lucky to have Ryobi radial arm saw with a laser light, something we purchased last year).  Secure the piece to the saw and cut the angle.  Using an angle finder we had a 75 degree angle.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Cut the X

Now comes the tricky part, cutting a dado on each X so the pieces overlapped.  We used the same method to find the angles were the Xs cross each other.  Lay one on top of the other and draw a razor thin line to mark your dado edges.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Mark the Dado

Set your table saw depth to half the width the 1×2 (3/8”).  I positioned the miter gauge to match the angle (about 75 degrees, but this required several practice cuts to get the angle correct).  Using a stop block, I marked the right and left edge of the dado. Then I used successive passes of the saw to remove the require material.  It worked like a charm. The pieces fit to each other like a glove.  For the inevitable gaps, a little wood putty covers any blemish.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Dado Angle

Glue and nail the X frame members to the frame.  It may be difficulty to get the nail gun into such a tight spot, so use a wood stop to prevent the nail bit from running on you.  If need be, use a nail set to drive the nail beneath wood surface.

Fill all the Kreg holes with wood putty.  We created our own mix, but you can also use 3M Wood Filler.  Then, while this is drying, you can start on cutting the frame parts.

Cut the five 50 1/8” 1x3s for the frame.  Kreg drill two holes using the ¾” drill guide in each end of the frame members which will secure to the legs. Also drill three Kreg holes in the three top frame pieces.  This will secure the sitting bench top to the frame.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Attach Frame to leg

To attach the frame pieces to the legs, lay the sitting bench legs on its side and stand the frame members up tall.  Clamp a scrap wood piece to prevent the frame member from moving when you drill the Kreg join the frame.  Repeat this process to connect the five frame members to the legs.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Completed Frame and Dry Fit Bench Top

Ta-da!  Your frame is built.  Pretty easy uh.

Next cut the nine 15” 1x3s that will form the slates to hold your storage baskets.  Kreg drill two holes in each end using the ¾” drill guide.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Basket Slates Added

Secure the slates to the bottom frame members using Kreg screws.  Use a spacer to ensure equal length between each slate. The first wood slate was ¾” from the end.  The remaining slates were equally spaced 3 ¼”.

We then sanded all the slates to ensure a smooth finish.

Until next time when we finish the Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets by painting piece to match our décor and adding the foam cushion and wonderful burlap fabric.

Living Room Sitting Bench with Storage Baskets - Complete

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Entryway Book Case

Entryway Book Case

Hi everyone, sorry I did not post yesterday, we had a laundry room dilemma, but the good news is we have another blog post out of the problem, so all is right with the world!  😉

Today’s post will show you how Curt and I have been working hard on a new entryway book case going into the entryway of our new Villa home built by F & F Homes here in St Louis.  When you enter the front door, there was a large wall/door system leading down to the basement.  We had F&F Homes remove this wall/door when we bought the unit (our’s was the model villa) to open up the entryway.  Once down, it left a large blank wall, and 8×8 ledge along the back side going down the stairs to our finished basement area.

Hello I Live Here - The blank entryway

Every day one of us passed this space and yelled out – “we really need something on this wall.”  Finally, the idea came to me, we drew a plan and started the process to fill this blank, but lovely canvas.  What could be better than some extra storage – Right?

1.  After we completed the plan, we took a trip to our favorite place, Home Depot, (we should have upfront parking by now  with our name on it), and strolled the wood isles.  We purchased 3/4″ PureBond Plywood (  We love this wood because it’s a product that’s Eco-friendly and promotes healthy indoor air quality with no formaldehyde.  We also purchased Select Pine 1×2’s and 1×4’s, Kreg screws, and used our Ryobi Nail gun and screw drivers.

Hello I Live Here - the lumber Hello I Live Here - the lumber

2.  You will also need a Craftsman table, circular, miter Saw, Black and Decker mouse sander, Ryobi nail and screw drivers, Kreg Pocket Hole Jig and our saving grace, our Little Giant Ladder system.  Make sure your batteries are fully charged for your Ryobi tools -there is nothing worse than running out of battery life in the middle of a project.  😉

3.  We cut all the wood to fit our opening (an 8×8 square) – blank canvas about to be constructed.

4.  Next, we measured and cut our 1×2 stringers and attached them briefly to the studs with 2″ nails.  This will form the frame for our Entryway Book Case.  We then used wood screws to attach the stringers to the studs.  This was all reached using our Little Giant Ladder to keep us safe on the stairway.

Hello I Live Here - Attaching the header  Hello I Live Here - Attaching the header

5.  We next ripped PureBond plywood into 8″ pieces for the top, bottom and sides.  The top and bottom were secured by nailing to the 1×2’s.   We caulked all the open gaps after adhering with 1 3/8″nails.

Hello I Live Here - The bottom frame Hello I Live Here - The Entryway Book Case Framework Hello I Live Here - Chaulk the Entryway Book Case

6.  When the frame was complete, we used our Kreg Pocket Hole Jig to place pocket hole into both the top and bottom of the PureBond used to construct the center for shelving.  We then attached with Kreg screws.  We also mounted to studs in the back wall.  We decided to mount shelves as were were going along just encase we needed to remeasure any of the openings.

Hello I Live Here - Kreg the shelves

7.  To ensure each shelf was equally spaced us cut four scrap stringers using the remaining PureBond, each 21″.  We held the stringers temporarily in place using a small wood scrap and our trusty Irwin clamp.  We rested the shelf on the stringers and used a level for accuracy.  It turned out we had one shelf (there’s always one), not level, just off a small amount.  To level, we shimmed by placing a quarter and a small tag under each side and leveled.  It worked like a charm.  A girl trick but you’re welcome to use it 😉  We continued the process until we had all the shelves mounted.

Hello I Live Here - Using stringers for accurate shelf spacing Hello I Live Here - Attaching the columnsHello I Live Here - Attaching the shelves Hello I Live Here - Attaching the shelves

8.  Each row of shelves were cut using a Craftsman Miter Saw.  The first three rows were cut using a guide stop to ensure a consistent shelf length.  The final row of shelves were measured one by one, just in case there was a slight adjustment (which there was).  We used Irwin clamps and scrap wood to hold the shelf in place prior to attaching with Kreg screws.  Then we trimmed our Entryway Book Case using Select Pine 1×2′ s.  The top was trimmed using 1×4’s and attached with nails using our Ryobi nail battery operated nail gun (she does have power).  We chose 1×4 trim because we plan to add crown molding in the future.  We then stood back and admired our handy work before going on to the finish work and we got to painting.

Hello I Live Here - Attaching the header trim Hello I Live Here - Attaching the trim

9. Before we started painting we made sure we filled every nail and screw hole with wood filler and caulked the gaps.  Kreg holes are deep and take extra wood filler, so I came up with system.  I took a baggie that you would use to frost a cake, and filled it with 3 large scoops of Elmer’s Wood putty.  I then cut the end just like you would with frosting, and placed the edge into the holed areas.  Squeeze, fill, and use a putty knife to scrape the excess.  No fuss, no mess, easy clean up,–our patent on this procedure is pending :).

Hello I Live Here - Fill the Kreg hole Hello I Live Here - Fill the Kreg hole

10.  Once all the prep was completed, and sanded,  we used Behr Marquee Paint and Primer in Polar Bear White.  To make the Entryway Bookcase stand out, we painted the inside wall to the butter yellow we had left from our villa being built (thank you F&F Homes for leaving us the extra paint behind-another great customer service provided!)

Hello I Live Here - Painting the Entryway Book Case Hello I Live Here - Painting the Entryway Book Case

Over all, a pretty easy build of about 12 hours including prep and paint!

The result, a beautiful, useful entryway.  Storage it’s a great thing, but even better when it becomes a functional, and helps raise your properties value!  The price you ask, total, no kidding $195!  That’s right – under $200.  🙂 We were told by a company who gave us a bid that if we had them install the shelving, we would pay a good $1,500 – Doing it ourselves saved us a whopping $1305!  That’s right readers, sticker shock can make you a DIYer in no time 😉

Hello I Live Here - Finished Product - The Entryway Book Case   Hello I Live Here - Finished Product - The Entryway Book Case

Well, that’s our post for today.  Hope you enjoyed our Entryway Book Case – Happy Building and thanks for stopping by!