How to turn an old dresser into bench useful for the end of the bed, entryway or mudroom.
I found this old dresser by the curb. It had one drawer, and 2 drawer fronts. The top of the dresser had already been removed and was used for a window seat for the kittos.
I cut out the top 2 drawer areas. I used the 2 drawer fronts to make the back, in order to make it cohesive. Then I added some trim/molding to the top of the sides.
Lastly, I added a piece of plywood to make a seat.
I painted it (in the kitchen) with a nice brown (Espresso)
I had a piece of foam that I had gotten from a friend, this made a nice soft place to sit. A nice elderly couple bought this old dresser into bench. They put it at the end of their bed, because the Mrs. was unable to sit on the bed to put on her shoes and socks.If you LOVE a good repurpose, check out my door into a headboard, a nightstand into a child's desk, or a coffee pot into a lamp.Want to see more benches made from repurposed items?
So, if you have an old dresser-they don't make 'em like they used to, think about keeping it and repurposing it into a bench. Because our situations and styles change, chances are you have something in storage that you can use. However, if you don't have something on hand, be sure to ask family and friends if they can help you out. Be sure to check out one of my favorite storage seating options made from a headboard!
How about a few more bench ideas?
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
Hi Gail! I am thinking about something like this for my porch to double as seating and storage. I looked at anotber one of your dresser to bench tutorials, and saw all the supports you had to add, whereas with this one, I don't see that you had to add any. Is this because this is not as wide as the other? Or just built more sturdy?
I've done several of these and each have been different. The thick piece of plywood and the width of this dresser meant it didn't need supports.
One of the others I did was mostly cardboard. You just never really know what you're getting in to.
I wish you lots of luck and if I can be of any guidance just shoot me an email with pics!
Lord help me but I bought a dresser today that I want to convert it a bench for guess where...yup the end of the bed. And unlike it being for me, it's for my bf who puts on his socks and shoes on the side of the bed while earthquakeing the rest of the bed...with me in it! So I said if I could find me a chest, things are gonna change. And thanks to Pinterest, I saw my project. A dresser turned bench! Will this Pinterest idea be a blessing or a curse? We'll find out!
I also have a question. The dresser I have found has been through some alterations (horrible ones from the looks of it.) Have you run into a project where everything is all wood glued to death? I'm assuming most furniture is but when I whack at some pieces to get them off nothing budges. Is there an easy way to pry things loose? This suckers is pretty tight together. In the end it may not be an issue because I think I'm going to have to saw it up anyway to get it the height I want. So no rush on an answer.
Awesome look on your above project and great idea for its backing. Your project has further encouraged me. Again, blessing...curse? We'll seeeee! 🙂
Blessing for sure Tania! 🙂
You must get a pry bar... I have two small ones and use at least one of them in EVERY demolition I do. Some call it a cat's claw. You can see mine here: https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/2-chairs-plus-1-benchfailure/
In that post you will also see that I use a dremel multi-max when I need to bring out the small guns. Big guns? reciprocating saw!
You can do this! Please share your project with me when you're done.
I'm late to this, but I LOVE this idea. I have an old clunky dresser that serves very little purpose for me as is and this is a great way to repurpose it since I need a place to sit in the room where it's located.
I have been wanting to do another one of these ever since I did this one (dresser to bench) Happy you found My Repurposed Life, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on this old post. I appreciate it.
Wow! Who'd a thunk it? Not me. Thanks amazingly creative!
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I love it.
WOW is the first word out of my mouth. What total creativity, you rock!! This was a first ever for me seeing something like this. Well done!
Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
I love this! I've included it in my roundup of 12 ways to repurpose a dresser.
Thanks for the inspiration!!
Good Time Charlie
This is one of the best "redouxs" I have seen!!! I love converted furniture, and my favorites are always converted dresser. I never though of making it into a bench, LOVE IT! I am so trying this. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. -K
Gail, this is great! I can see it as a baby's bed or bassinet if snugged right up next to Mom and Dad's bed... I can see this as a "window seat" where one can snuggle in and read a good book... I LIKE IT! 🙂
Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful
What a great idea!! Looks awesome!
I love your site...when I saw this I thought how about a bassinet...any ideas....
Blue Velvet Chair
Hi Gail - commenting on one of your older posts because it is so clever! I am a new follower, and hope you'll have a peek over at my (newer) blog and follow if you like what you see. Hope to see you peeking around soon.
This is such a cute idea and I just love how you took the drawer fronts and put them on the back. I am so going to be looking for a cheap dresser to do this to. Thank you for the inspiration.
Wow! Such a great idea and it turned out so cute! Stopped by from FJI.
OH EM GEE! That is absolutely fabulous...what vision you have to re-purpose a dresser into a bench. Very clever and very useful! Thanks!
Barn Owl Primitives
Love this!! I just shared this on my facebook fan page
I know my "likers" will love it too!! Wishing you all the best!!
xoxo ~ kristi
Who "NEW" Creations
LOVE THIS BENCH! Great idea!
I ♥ This bench! Great! Oooh I also want you to know that I given you and award!
Have a Great Day!
That is creative! This is the first time I see that. congratulation. Wonderful idea and wonderful work. I think you know I love it!
That is a wonderful idea. Now if I could just find a great chest of drawers someone is getting rid of for free I'll do the same. I love benches!! Thanks for sharing!!
Kara@ Creations by Kara
That is so awesome!! I totally love how it turned out!
OMG...girl...that is genius!!! Way to go!
I LOVE it!! I'm gonna share this link on my facebook:) I'm your newest follower..
Such a creative idea!! I have a chest of drawers that is missing one of the drawers and need to figure out what to do with it!
What an incredibly creative idea. And how nice that it went to that couple. Beautiful AND useful.
This is so cool! I'm totally diggin' it! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blgospot.com tonight.
Child in Harmony
wow terrific idea! I love it!
Nice job on the dresser bench. What a good idea!
Wonderful! Very creative and beautiful. You are very kind to offer it to someone who needs it... I would have a difficult time parting with it!
Flea Market Trixie
What a cool idea, it's wonderful!
Wow, that's awesome. I would never have thought of that. And I love that you gave it to someone who could truly use it and appreciate it. What a nice gesture!
What a sweet gift! I'm so glad this piece went to a good home. 🙂
wow! Great transformation! I'm very impressed!
Sonja @ Craft-Werk
Wow - this is a great roadkill rescue. You have not just renovated the dresser, you turned it into something else. Great idea and great vision! Love it!
Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely
Love this idea! Way to think outside the box!
Totally love that. How sweet that is sits at the end of an elederly couple's bed. You amaze me with your power tools skills! I am jealous.
WOW, what a great idea!
Oh my gosh... that is brilliant! It turned out adorable!! 🙂
This is beautiful! I have seen so many dressers, but could never think of anything to make with them.
What a wonderful idea! You did a great job with this--you have wonderful vision. Great idea to use the drawer fronts to add detail to the back of the bench. Well done!
The Harris Family
it turned out beautiful. I've been wanting a bench but I never thought to use a dresser-great idea. Also that is so sweet of you to give it away. I am sure they love it.
Mom in High Heels
That is amazing! What a great job you did. I will now be on the lookout for abandoned dressers to turn into benches.
Jamie sent me over!!! Fabulous re-visioning!! Love the bench!!
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