I'm sort of partial to this white twin headboard bench. It's been very popular on social media.
I also made a blue twin headboard bench with storage, using an old drawer.
I think this twin bunk bed was given to me by my sister a few years ago. It’s been in my shed ever since.
There are many ways to make headboard benches, typically cutting the foot board in half to make armrests. I decided I wanted to make this one more like one of my favorite benches ever, this blue headboard bench with a lower storage shelf. I should have been making these headboard benches with storage shelves all along.
To do that meant I needed to cut up the foot board, so I used my reciprocating saw to do that.
This is actually plan b. My initial piece ended up being too short. I’ll explain that in a minute.
Pocket Hole Assembly for Bunk Bed Bench
To make the side rails I used some scrap 1x’s—drilling pocket holes with my Kreg Jig. I ripped the 1x to match the size of the cross board and added some Gorilla wood glue for strength.
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
Bar Soap Helps Secure Long Screws
To attach the legs to the side, I used extra long screws that needed a little soap to help them along the way. If you don't have bar soap handy, try shooting the screw, then back it out and try again. You may have to do that several times if you're hearing that dreaded SQUEEEEAK!
Bunk Bed Headboard Bench Frame Assembly
Remember when I said I would explain “plan b”. Initially I cut the lower portion of the foot board to the height of the bottom of the side rails. Realizing I needed to have them taller, I used the top portion of the foot board instead.
Measure and Cut Seat Boards to Size
This is the dry fit of the seat. I added a very small piece in the back instead of notching out a wider board. This is the great thing about making your own headboard bench. Sometimes, I make the boards run from front to back, like this Twin Bed Welcome Bench.
Prepare to Paint
After patching the rail slots, and sanding the posts where I had used the reciprocating saw, it was time to get busy with my Homeright Finish Max.
I had a slight change of plans to add a lower shelf
You can see that I added a middle brace (scrap 2x4) on the white twin headboard bench to help support the seat and some lower side rails to hold the bottom shelf.
I used Kreg Jig pocket holes for all of that. Here, you can see where I used the extra long screws to secure the front legs.
Easy Distressing with an Emery Board
I painted the new lower side rails, lightly distressed the bench with an emery board and gave it all a coat of wipe-on poly.
I usually forget to take pictures when I stain. It’s so messy, that I don’t want to pick up the camera. I used Minwax dark walnut on some random 1x’s. I just used what I needed to get the proper depth for the seat and the lower shelf. After the stain dried, I did a little sanding so that the seat and shelf wouldn’t look so “new” since I distressed the bench.
I thought that this bench was totally different than any other I’ve made, but then I noticed it’s similar to the small bench that Homeright gave away at Haven. You can see I have my picket fence coat rack hanging above it.
I think this white twin headboard bench will be great for a mud room or even as an end of the bed bench. The addition of the lower shelves really makes this white twin headboard bench stand out. I don't know why it took me so many years to add those.
And of course it would work great for the entryway of any home. I always love the look of the dark wood with the white headboard.
Related Content: see the shelf made from bed parts here (the parts I had left over from this project didn't go to waste!)
See my favorite Mission Style Headboard Bench with Storage-The Complete Tutorial
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.