• Box Saw
    Box Saw
  • Drill Bit
    Drill Bit
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Safety Goggles
    Safety Goggles
  • Screw Drivers
    Screw Drivers
  • Screws
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure
  • Tension Saw
    Tension Saw

Other Supplies

  • - One 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood
  • - Four – eight ft long 1 x 4
  • - Two National Hardware brass pin hinges
  • - Ten National Hardware Light Rafter Ties
  • - Water based primer paint
  • - Water based latex paint in the color of your choice
  • - Cushion to use as seating on the top of the bench
  • - Decorative pillows
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Step 1

Cut The Plywood To Size

Cut three pieces of the plywood sheet into 16″ by 48″ pieces.

Then take one of those 16″ x 48″pieces and then cut two 18″ pieces out of it. You’ll then have two 18″ pieces to build the sides of the box.

After cutting, you’ll then have your four pieces to build the box (and one for the top). Two cut pieces will measure 16″ x 48″ for the long sides and two for the short sides will measure 16″ x 18″.

Cut the plywood to size

Step 2

Assemble The Box

Now you’ll begin assembling the box. Attach two National Hardware Light Rafter Ties at each end of the long sides of the box.

Assemble Box
Assemble Box

Step 3

Adhere The Rafter Ties

Screw the rafter ties to create the corners of the banquette box.

Once the banquette box is together you will create a hinge support for attaching the top piece of plywood.

From the leftover plywood that you’ll have, cut a piece measuring 4″ x 48″. This will support the hinge bracket on the top.

Attach Rafter Ties
Attach Rafter Ties

Attach Rafter Ties
Attach Rafter Ties

Step 4

Attach The Hinges

Use two of the National Hardware pin hinges to attach the top to the box. The top will now be able to open and close, similar to a piano bench.

Attach Hinges
Attach Hinges

Attach Hinges
Attach Hinges

Step 5

Add Design To The Box

Create a decorative board and batten design to the box by attaching the 1 x 4 pieces in the materials list. This gives it that high end custom look!

Add Design

Step 6


Prime the box with a water based primer sealer and paint with 2 coats of water based satin trim paint. Caulk the seams between the primer coat and the final coats to give it a professional look.

The finished banquette is now in place and the perfect size for seating two people.

Such a bonus having this extra storage!

Top the banquette with a comfortable cushion and pillows and you’re done!




Janet Coon
Janet Coon is the face behind the popular design and DIY blog Shabbyfufu, now in it's 15th year of production!

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