Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bench made from Ikea scraps~

I took a trip to the as-is department of Ikea today.

I was really looking for a door that I could use for the top of a craft table, but when I saw wooden slats for a buck, I had to snatch them up for a bench.  It's hard to go to any kind of scratch and dent store with a project in mind. I find it's easier to figure out a project once you've had a chance to check out their stock.  

I picked up 3 flat square boards(cupboard doors probably)
2 posts and 6 slats. 

Total for the supplies was $20.

I put one of the posts up against the corner of one of the cabinet doors and traced it.

I cut the notches out using a bandsaw. 
I only did this to the center board because I wanted to put the other two flush against the sides.

I chopped the posts down so that added to the width of the sides, they would be the same length as the slats. Make sense?

I was able to nail some of the boards into place with a pneumatic nail gun, but when two thicker pieces were together I needed long screws to keep it secure. I had to laugh at myself because I shot a ton of nails into the thick boards without even considering that the inch and a half nails weren't even coming close to making it through the thickness of the board. Ah well, a bench can always use an extra 30 holes in it right??  I touched them up with a little black paint, so hopefully they aren't too obvious.  

At first I hadn't planned on putting extra supports on the sides, but they surely needed it and luckily the posts were long enough to accommodate the extra necessary pieces.

Here's a pic of the base put together

and here we are with the slats tacked into place.

I'm loving that the spots are big enough to allow me to stick bins underneath. 
I'm all about finding extra storage locations!!

If you happen to live by the Draper Ikea there are enough of the same supplies to make a twin.
Well, at least there was a couple of hours ago. I guess you never know!

Have a wonderful evening!


  1. Great job on this, I love the Ikea "as is".

  2. Ohhh I like that!! I wish there was an IKEA store closer to me!

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [19 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Great idea.. it turned out great, I am in love with those pillows


  5. Holy crapcakes, Andy! You are truly amazing. I don't know how you can look at a bunch of scraps like that and decide it would be a bench. I look at scraps and think they would make good firewood. :) You are crazy talented, girl. I love it!

  6. WOW! Love it. You are so gifted with wood. You blow my mind.

  7. AMAZING! I can't believe you can just build things. Soooo coool.

  8. Oh how you make me sick! We are in the process of trying to do our laundry room shelf...been a headache! This is adorable as always!

  9. wow oh wow!! i want a black bench for my front porch and they are all $300!!!! this is awesome!!

  10. Andy, what a great project!

  11. Cutest bench ever!! Love it!

  12. That is FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for posting, and saving a portion of our landfill!


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