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Build a storage bench with shelving unit

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  • Completion Time : 1 Day

This versatile storage bench installed alone or between two shelving units is the ideal multi-tasker for the front hall, bedroom or office.

The bench measures 60”W x 16”H (excluding legs). Shelves are 19½"W x 75½"H and compliment the storage bench perfectly. Two layers of MDF are used to construct the outside panels. This is a solid and easy-to-build unit which does not require specialized knowledge or tools.


Tools and materials required


  • Table saw
  • Screwdriver-drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Countersink drill bit for No. 8 screws
  • Pencil
  • Carpenter Square


List of materials for the bench

  • 1 MDF panel, ¾" x 48" x 96"
  • 1¼" No. 8 screws
  • Carpenter glue
  • 6 legs

List of materials for one shelf unit

  • 2 MDF panels, ¾" x 48" x 96"
  • 1¼" No. 8 screws
  • Carpenter glue

Before Assembly




MDF is a versatile material that makes it easy to build strong, sturdy and affordable furniture. It is advisable to always glue the parts together with wood glue before fastening them with nails or screws. If the nails or screws do not provide enough strength, use clamps to hold the assembly together while the glue dries.

Screw fastening:

Always drill pilot holes using a countersink bit, with the pieces in their final assembled position. This will prevent the MDF from buckling or splitting under the torque of the screws. In one motion, the countersink bit bores a hole for the body of the screw as well as a cavity to conceal the screw head. You can use a driver-drill to do this, but it is advisable to finish tightening the screws with a manual screwdriver to prevent the driver-drill’s speed and force from damaging the MDF and weakening the screw’s grip.

Nail fastening:

For some projects it is best to use finishing nails. In such cases, using a pneumatic nailer will get the job done more quickly and easily, and the nails will hardly show.

Important note:

Always wear a protective mask when cutting or sanding MDF as the dust can be irritating and is a potential heath hazard. Work outside if you can; if this is not possible, close any air vents and doors leading to other rooms so as to prevent the dust from spreading. Open a window while you work and cover all items in the room with dust sheets. Vacuum once you have finished cutting.


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Storage bench and shelves in the entrance
Build a storage bench with shelving unit