I love the antique benches all over Etsy, Instagram, and Pinterest. They can be found at antique markets, festivals, and online. But, they can be a little bit pricey, so I decided to make my own. This DIY Chinese bench is an easy project that can be put together in just a few minutes. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
I actually referred to the previous antique bench that I built a few years ago. It should be noted these aren’t really benches that are meant to be sat on, even though you can build it that way if you would like.
- cut 1×8 to the length of choice, I did 42 inches long for our king size bed
- cut a 15-degree angle at each end of the 2×2’s, each leg is 16 inches
- distress, sand, and stain
The 15-degree angle is the secret to getting the legs to be supportive and easy to attach. Because I used scrap wood – two 1×4’s – I used a scrap 1×2 to attach them together underneath. I measured 8 inches inward from each side and attached it. Then I placed each leg on the sides and screwed in from the top. Make sure all the angles match up, so the legs are flat to the ground.
I used the scrap wood that I had leftover from our DIY ceiling box beams. I was on a deadline, so I built this pretty quickly. I’m now thinking about going back and sanding it down more and adding a little more character. I love this technique that Jenna Sue uses on her furniture projects. And if you aren’t up to make your own DIY Chinese bench, I linked a few of my favorites to purchase online below!