When Cathy and I first started making benches, we bought beds at thrift stores. We had no idea that you could get them free from the curb.
This is the easiest way to make a bench. It was a twin sized bed. We cut the footboard in half and attached it directly to the end of the headboard.
We used a 2×4 across the front. We screwed from the side of the bench (foot board) into the 2×4. We of course used wood glue in addition to the screws.
The seat was made using leftover tongue and groove flooring. We painted the front of the boards (where they had been cut) white to match the rest of the bench. This is a great project for a beginner. I love the look of white with the wood tones. I’m ready to make another bench. I have several beds in inventory.
Edited to add: I have found a better way to build headboard benches.
See other fun benches below