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.
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!)
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