This isn't my first repurposed dresser bench, but this one is a little lower, and it's a perfect kid's bench with storage. I actually got two projects out of one old dresser, so look for the other project near the bottom of this post.
So, if you're wondering how to turn a dresser into a bench for extra storage, you're in the right place!
Table of contents
- Repurposed Dresser Bench
- Great End of Bed Dresser Bench
- Cut Dresser in Half to Make Bench
- One Dresser | Two Projects
- Cut off Dresser Feet
- Add Back Support Board
- Add Trim to Cover Bad Veneer
- Gutted Dresser | Repurposed Project
- Add Side Supports to Repurposed Dresser Bench
- Make Seat with Pocket Holes
- Underneath Side of Bench
- How to Add Supports
- Why is a Dresser Made of Cardboard?
- Attaching the Back and Sides
- Add a Top Railing
- Cut Off Dresser Top
Repurposed Dresser Bench
I showed you this dresser in a Recent Finds post.
I bought this dresser ($20) and two pieces of the bead board paneling for $4 each. Yeah, I know, $20 is way over my $5 limit….but remember, I got two (projects) for one dresser.
The dresser had some bad veneer issues. How do you fix bad veneer? You can click that link if you're curious, but in the case of this repurposed dresser bench, it wasn't necessary.
Great End of Bed Dresser Bench
I already knew that I wanted to repurpose another dresser into a bench. I did this one years ago, and I’ve been wanting to do it again.
Cut Dresser in Half to Make Bench
I got busy cutting the dresser apart with my Jig Saw . I should have used tape, that would have cut down on the splintering.
If you look closely, you can see where I cut the dresser apart—into two pieces.
You may think that your dresser is made too cheaply to actually be of any use. This dresser is about as cheap as they come.
One Dresser | Two Projects
See? Now this repurposed dresser is good for TWO projects, so $20 is now $10 per project.
Cut off Dresser Feet
The trim I have isn’t quite wide enough to cover the bad veneer, so I cut a little bit of the dresser’s feet off.
Add Back Support Board
This project will need a lot of extra support. The first support I decided to add was across the bottom (back). I used a 1x for that.
Add Trim to Cover Bad Veneer
I got this very wide piece of molding at one of the Peddler’s malls for $2.75—what a bargain! It was easy to find now that I have all my lumber pieces organized in my new work bench.
Gutted Dresser | Repurposed Project
Can you believe this is the bare bones of a vintage dresser? As I said, it's going to need a lot of supports.
Add Side Supports to Repurposed Dresser Bench
I started by adding some braces on each side.
Of course, I used my Kreg Jig to make pocket holes, they give a really nice fit. That gave me something sturdy to attach the side seat supports.
Make Seat with Pocket Holes
For the bench seat I used some 1x’s to get the right width. I used my Kreg Jig to drill the pocket holes to make my seat nice and sturdy.
Underneath Side of Bench
In this picture you can see the bench seat rests on the side supports.
How to Add Supports
In this close-up you can see all the supports I added to make this repurposed dresser strong enough to hold people. I kept inserting the drawers to make sure I wasn’t interfering with their movement.
Why is a Dresser Made of Cardboard?
I don't know WHY they make dressers out of cardboard, do you? Since the back of this dresser WAS cardboard, I needed to add some braces in order to attach my bead board. I used 1x’s attached with more pocket hole screws. See the middle stile? There is that nice sturdy brace behind there to support the length of the seat.
Attaching the Back and Sides
I was very fortunate that I had enough scrap bead board pieces to complete this repurposed dresser into a bench. I used my Ryobi BRAD NAILER to attach all the bead board pieces.
See how there is enough “meat” on the sides and back to attach the top trim? Had I not added those boards, there would be nothing for me to nail to.
Add a Top Railing
I used window casing to trim out the top, making it flush with the bead board so that it will be comfortable. So far, I'm really loving the repurposed dresser bench, how about you?
After cleaning up the hardware, it was spray painted and reattached.
Wow! Don't you LOVE it?
What did I do with the top of the dresser??
Cut Off Dresser Top
Bonus: I still had this part of the dresser for project #2! After much debate, I decided it wanted to be a lego table!
Anything with drawers and storage will help you keep the kids a little more organized!
See other fun bench projects here
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.