Children’s Bench

Children's Bench - Featured Image

Children’s Bench
Dimensions: 35″ Long x 11 ¼” Wide x 14″ Tall

Difficulty: Easy
Pairs best with 25″ tall table

Building a Children’s Bench is going to be super easy for a pro like you, I promise! What I love most about these benches is they are incredibly sturdy and even gives you a little more storage room on the bottom shelf of the bench. Chances are if you are building this, you have kids, which means time is limited! Let’s get going!

Need a matching table for the bench? Great news, you can make a simple modification to our Rustic Dining Room Table to make a set! You will see a special set of cuts on that page if you are wanting to make the kid’s table.

Tools you will need to build the Children’s Bench:

Supplies you will need to build the Children’s Bench:

  • (1) 2″x12″x12′ (Unless you can find smaller, this is the smallest size my local lowes carries)
  • (1) 2″x10″x8′
  • (1) 2″x4″x8″
  • (36) 2″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Shop Rags
  • Polyurethane

Get ready for the easiest DIY ever!

Honestly, this is one of the easiest benches to make out there in my opinion. On top of that, it looks great, especially when paired with the DIY Rustic Dining Room table (Of course with shorter legs like mentioned above). If you do build the table first you will have some extra lumber to make these, depending on the size you go with. That being said, let’s get some lumber cut!

Cut Sheet for the Drill Storage Shelf

  • (2x) 2″x4″x26”
  • (2x) 2″x10″x12 ½″
  • (1x) 2″x10″x26″
  • (1x) 2″x12″x35″

Grab your Kreg Pocket Hole Jig and let’s get to work!

So we are gonna make a bunch of pocket holes here, but it should be easy to follow (Make sure to check out the photo below).

The Legs: Drill 4 pocket holes on one end of each 2″x10″x12 ½”. You want to make sure that neither side is any closer than 2″ from the edge (our aprons boards will connect to these).

The Aprons: Drill 2 pocket holes on each end of your 2″x4″x26″ boards. Then drill 3 sets of two (using your two outside holes on the Kreg Jig) spread out down the boards. I hate explaining stuff like this because I don’t want it to get lost in interpretation, so check out the photo below.

The Bottom Shelf: On the 2″x10″x26 you just need 4 pocket holes on each end, no real restrictions here!

Children's Bench - Pocket Holes

Let’s build the Children’s Bench!

Building this Children’s Bench is going to be a breeze, and if you do a second one you will knock it out in no time flat after doing this one! First, we are going to attach our aprons to the legs using 2″ pocket hole screws. We will be building this upside down so you don’t have to fight with clamping! If you want to use glue, feel free, but I typically don’t only because if I ever need to replace a single piece of the bench for any reason I can easily disassemble it. I have built thousand of these benches (a larger version for an adult table) and never had reports of any coming loose or having issues. Make sure when you attach these that the pocket holes that will eventually hold your bench top down are facing the right direction, DOWN!

Children's Bench - Apron 01
Children's Bench - Apron 02

Attach That Benchtop!

Attaching your benchtop is going to be a breeze for a pro like you! Make sure you have the side you want to be the top facing down. Then put your frame on top with a 3″ space from the ends, and a 1(ish)” space from the side of the legs to the edge of the top. To say it simply, center your frame on your benchtop! Use 2″ pocket hole screws to attach the frame. Make sure not to overtighten because the last thing you want is a kid sitting on the sharp tip of a screw (unless they have been super mouthy that day…JUST KIDDING (unless you are the kind of parent that will come drink wine with me and laugh about things like that, then I’m being serious! haha).

Last step for building the Children’s Bench!

So this is the only part that can be an absolute pain, similar to trying to get your kids to listen to you after giving them a cup of raw sugar (I don’t do that, just saying, that is what it is like). However, there is a solution, so don’t get freaked out and go hide in the closet with a bottle of wine, you got this! If you have any extra 2x10s (or any scrap boards laying around) cut some 6″ long pieces. You can use that to hold up your bottom shelf, which will be 6″ from the bottom of the apron. If you don’t have extra boards you can alter this height to make it easier and use whatever you have laying around if you want. If you want to see how I do this make sure to watch the full-length video!

Children's Bench - Shelf Angled

Your Final Touches! Make it awesome!

Now is when you will grab a sander and some paint/stain and go to work!! My personal favorite color for these is Dark Walnut by Minwax. I would love to know what your favorite stain color is, let me know in the comments below!

Children's Bench - Featured Image

You built a Children’s Bench!

Great job! I told you this wasn’t a terrible build, and depending on how quick you are you could finish this Children’s bench during a kid’s nap, and still maybe have time for a glass of wine before the wake-up! I would love to see photos so make sure to tag us on social media and pin this post to Pinterest so others can enjoy it as you did! Thanks for hanging out and building with me!:)

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