How to Build a Vanity Bench

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If you have a bathroom with a vanity, you can add a vanity bench. A bedroom's vanity can benefit from the same addition, too, especially if you want a better looking, more functional vanity bench than the one that came with the vanity table. You can make the vanity bench as simple or as ornate as you want, or match the other furnishings in your room.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure 1/2 sheet of 1/2-inch-thick medium-density fiberboard (MDF) 2- by 4-inch lumber (soft wood) Circular saw Pneumatic gun or hammer 1-inch nails Sandpaper (medium grit) Drill Screwdriver 2-inch screws Screws Level 2-inch-thick foam Cutter or blade Hot glue Batting Fabric Scissors Staple gun Staples Wood stain or paint
  • A typical vanity bench should be smaller than a regular chair. This bench will measure 20 inches long, 15 inches high and 20 inches deep. Cut the medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to size. You'll need four pieces measuring 20 inches long and 10 inches high, and two pieces measuring 20 inches long and 20 inches deep.

  • Assemble the pieces into a box using a pneumatic nail gun or hammer and nails. Nail down along each butted end on all four sides, top and bottom.

  • Build the legs by cutting four pieces of the 2- by 4-inch lumber, each measuring 5 inches long. Use a medium-grit sandpaper to remove any splinters or rough parts.

  • Drill holes through each leg. Attach the legs to the box by driving two screws, one on each side of each leg, diagonally until the screws penetrate the wooden box.

  • Test the bench for strength by sitting on it. Check that the bench is level, and make adjustments as needed.

  • Cut five pieces of foam--one to go on top and the other four to go on each side. The measurement of each piece of foam must correspond with the part of the wood that it will cover. Apply hot glue to attach them to the wood.

  • Wrap the batting on top and around the foam to give it a smooth and even edge. Drape batting on top and make a fold on each side to tuck it in. Then, make a fold underneath the box and staple each side. Cut the excess batting; leave at least a 1 1/2-inch allowance on each side.

  • Drape fabric of your choice in similar fashion as the batting by covering the top part and all the sides. Fold underneath the box and staple each side. Cut the excess fabric; leave at least 2 inches of allowance on each side. .

  • Stain or paint the legs with stain or paint to match the vanity table. Let dry before using.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add a decorative cording to cover each seam at the fold to give the bench a finished look. You can use other embellishments, such as beads and ribbons, to cover the edges.

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