How to Build a Rolling Storage Bench

Carter Oosterhouse builds a movable bench with wheels and open storage.

HCCAN307_Bench-After

Materials and Tools:

plywood
3-1/2"x1" pine trim
narrow crown staples
casters with screws
stain
tape measure
pencil
pneumatic stapler
clamp
screwdriver
paintbrush

Steps:

1. Cut the plywood down to size. You'll need three large pieces to serve as the box frame of the bench and four smaller dividers to fit inside the box to create the open storage.

HCCAN307_Bench-frame

2. On one of the long pieces, measure and mark four equally-spaced lines, beginning with the two side pieces along the edge. When the four perpendicular pieces are in place, you'll have three equally-sized cubby holes.

3. Glue and staple the four dividers into place along the marks. The two side pieces should overlap the edge of the long piece.

4. Place another long plywood board on top of the perpendicular boards so that it meets at an angle with the first long board. Glue and staple it into place.

5. Flip the unit over and attach the final long piece so that only one side of the dividers is exposed. This will serve as storage cubbies.

6. Secure clamps on to the unit to hold the pieces together tightly while the glue dries.

HCCAN307_Bench-glueing

7. Now the framework is done, it is time to decorate the bench. Add 3-1/2"x1" pine trim with mitered corners so the pieces fit together flush. Glue and staple the trim along the top with a 3/4" overlay to comfortably hold cushions. Continue adding pine strips along the exposed edges. (Tip: Hold a 3/4" block up to the trim as you nail it into place to make sure the pieces are lined up consistently.)

8. Screw casters on to the bottom of the bench for mobility.

9. Stain or paint the piece as desired. Add cushions and you're done.

Next Up

How to Build Banquette Seating With Built-in Storage

Optimize seating and storage with an L-shaped bench that will turn any corner into a cozy destination.

How to Build a Modern Outdoor Bench

Looking for more outdoor seating or a decorative bench for your porch? Try your hand at this easy woodworking project that can be built in less than a day.

How to Build Oversized Garage Storage Cabinets

Say goodbye to clutter for good with the addition of extra-large garage cabinets. Inexpensive and easy to assemble, this DIY storage solution is a perfect weekend project.

The Home Edit Just Added Two Clever Holiday Storage Bins to Its Organization Line at Walmart That You'll Want to Add to Your Cart

Do your future self a favor and make storing and organizing the holidays easy with these clever organizers. Plus, The Home Edit's entire line at Walmart is full of affordable organization buys for the entire home.

Easy Woodworking Project: Build a Simple Garden Bench

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make a simple yet sturdy garden bench.

How to Paint Wood Furniture

Learn how to strip, sand and paint wood furniture.

How to Build a DIY Kitchen Island on Wheels

Need some extra workspace in your kitchen? Build a rolling island for added functionality and style. One side stores a stand mixer, sheet pans, cutting boards and more, while the other side allows for extra seating. Perfect for small spaces, this portable kitchen island easily rolls out when you need it and neatly tucks away when you don’t.

How to Build a Fire Pit in an Afternoon

With a short list of materials and just a few hours, you can easily create an inviting fire pit area that will quickly become your new favorite spot in the backyard.

How to Clean Wood Furniture

Say goodbye to water stains, ink marks and polish buildup on your wood furniture by following these simple cleaning tips and tricks.

How to Clean Wood Cabinets

Grime and grease don't stand a chance with these tips for cleaning wood cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.