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DIY DINING BENCH
- support brackets
- screws for brackets
- 3/4″ plywood
- 1 x 4 x 8
- stud finder
- tape measure
- nail gun
- wood filler
- Use stud finder and pencil to mark studs in the wall
- Measure 18″ (or desired height) up from the floor and mark with pencil on each stud
- Hold up bracket on stud and at height mark and trace screw holes (Home Depot has a great video)
- Pre-drill holes and then attach with required screw with drill
- When installing the next bracket, use a scrap piece of wood and level to insure they are even height
Once all the brackets are installed, cut plywood to desired depth and lay on top. My bench is about 13′ long, so I had Lowe’s cut down a piece of 4’x8′ plywood to two pieces of 22″. So I was left with two 22″ x 8′ pieces. I measured and cut down my second piece to fit.
Then, pre drill and attach screws underneath to be sure wood doesn’t move and is properly secured. Each bracket can support up to 600 pounds and I have used five.
As a final step to make the bench appear more professional, I attached two 1 x 4 x 8 (one cut down to 5 feet) pieces of common board to the front with my nail gun. Use wood filler to fill in the seams and paint.
SEE THE FULL REVEAL OF OUR DINING ROOM HERE!
We are loving this bench so far! It has totally changed the feel of our room and I love how relaxed it is. Plus it can be for dining, a window seat, or a great corner to curl up and read a book. I’ve caught Joe sitting here a couple times! 🙂
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I love this bench! What did you use for the cushion and how well has it held up?
LEslie Bybee says
Did you just attach the 1×4 to the plywood on top? Is that part sturdy?
I cannot get a floating bench in my dining room off my mind and this tutorial is exactly what I have been looking for! I have a question if you don’t mind – do the brackets “stand out” when you walk into the room or does adding the board to the front minimize their appearance when you walk into the room? Also, do you have any feedback on how this bench has held up since installing?
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Thanks! No, the brackets are hardly noticeable and the board in front helps. It held up fine and was really comfortable with the cushion.
Monique Harris says
I love this idea. Though it is simple to build the overall look is so polished and professional. I can’t wait to build my own!
I am obsessed with this!! It’s so cozy and would be perfect in my dining room. does the plywood feel sturdy enough when you’re sitting on it?