Charged with creating a playroom for her clients' daughters, SuzAnn Kletzien set out to design a multipurpose space for play, study and possible sleepovers. A custom U-shaped storage bench and accompanying table anchor the space, while colorful upholstery and Moroccan-inspired accessories keep the eclectic space lively.
Salvaging the structural beams from the former building allowed this entertainment pavillion to be built. It includes a wide-screen television, bar and refrigerator. The two banquette seats have storage areas underneath for entertainment supplies.
The multi-purpose design of the Mimico Storage Ottoman from Gus* Modern allows you to use this flexible piece of furniture as a bench, coffee table or ottoman in an entryway, bedroom or living room. It includes an upholstered top for comfortable seating, a hard surface top for resting items like sunglasses, and an open cubby for display storage of books and magazines.
Drill 3/4” pocket holes into the 1” x 12” boards as shown. Attach them to the legs with 1-1/4” pocket screws and wood glue. The 1” x 12” boards should be 6” from the bottom of the legs and will be flush to the interior edges. Be sure to build two sides that mirror each other.
I recommend measuring the space where the fretwork panels will go and cutting according to your measurements. Measure, mark and cut X pieces, mitering the ends at a 45º angle. Instead of using a tape measure, it is best to hold the boards in place, mark and cut to size to ensure the most precise fit.
Next, cut the 8” pieces, mitering the ends at a 45º angle, not parallel, then attach to the X pieces with wood glue. Clamp and let dry.
Optional: toenail 1-1/4” brad nails to secure the pieces together. Toenailing is simply driving a nail at an angle through a board.
Measure, mark and cut the 1” x 12” front and back boards to length and drill 3/4” pocket holes into the ends of each board. Attach to the legs with 1-1/4” pocket screws and wood glue. Once again, these 1” x 12” boards will be flush to the interior of the carcass.
Add the 1” x 2” rails with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue. Always use wood glue whenever you use nails, to ensure a strong joint.
Drill 1-1/2” pocket holes into the ends of the 2” x 2” arms and attach to legs with 2-1/2” pocket screws and wood glue. The arms should be 14” from the top of the back legs.
Once the glue is dry on the fretwork panels, take the three panels and insert them into place. It should be a very snug fit. Adjust as necessary. Use a mallet to gently tap it into place and secure with wood glue. Clamp and let dry.
To build the seat, you will simply edge-join 1” x 6” boards together. Measure, mark and cut the 1” x 6” boards to length. Apply wood glue to the edges and place them edge-to-edge and clamp together until the glue is dry. Because you are joining boards long grain to long grain, you can simply use wood glue to edge-join the boards together. No additional joinery is needed here.
If the closet and dresser in your child's room has reached capacity, consider adding a storage bench at the end of the bed. This adaptable piece of furniture gives you a way to hide away medium and larger-sized toys and stuffed animals inside, while also providing a place to change shoes or lay out clothes for the next school day.
Measure, mark and cut the 1” x 3” slats to length and place inside the bench, on top of the 1” x 2” cleats, securing with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue. Space the slats approximately 3/4” inches apart. Use a scrap 1x board to serve as a spacer.
Lay the three long top boards on a flat surface. Assemble the frame on top of the boards in the same manner as the shelf boards. However, the top boards should extend 1¾” beyond the frame on both ends and 1½” on the front edge.
Center the piano hinge on the back edge of the constructed seat, pre-drill pilot holes and screw the hinge on. Then, take the seat with the hinge on it and position it on the bench. Pre-drill pilot holes into the 1” x 4” seat rail and screw the hinge on.
Using a length of chain, beat indentations in the wood surfaces on all sides and edges. Use a flathead screwdriver to dig gouges in the wood, and further distress it with a hammer or other tools to achieve a worn look. Use sandpaper to smooth away any rough or sharp edges.