We have this awkward area next to our kitchen that we haven’t quite figured out what to do with. It made a great place for the Christmas tree but the other 10 months out of the year it was rather empty. After nearly 2 years in our house, I finally put some curtains up but we needed a piece of furniture to fill the space. I originally thought a chair with an ottoman would fit nicely in that area (I would love a reading nook!) but the space is between the kitchen and the doorway to our bedroom so whatever we put there couldn’t stick out to far. We also had a need for a bit more storage. I bought under the bed carts to store shoes, but my husband didn’t like them. He wanted a bench for our “awkward area” so instead we came up with this DIY storage chest! It’s a great place to store shoes, and doubles as a bench when you’re getting ready to walk out the door!
This DIY storage chest has 4 main components: the base, the box, the trim, and the lid. The base is built first, then the box is built using the Kreg Jig pocket hole maker, next the trim is added, then the lid attached with piano hinges.
This DIY storage chest is built using a single sheet of Purebond plywood. When you pick up a sheet of plywood from Home Depot, they will cut it down for you so it will fit in your car 🙂 I recommend Purebond Plywood because it’s formaldehyde-free and environmentally safe!