How to Turn a Bookshelf into a Storage Bench

Learn how to convert a bookcase into a storage bench. A perfect DIY project for your entryway or hallway, it can be used as extra storage for shoes and more. Follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll transform your bookcase into a multi-tasking seat in no time!

Few Hours
Less Than $100
Black bookshelf storage bench in hallway

How to Turn a Bookshelf into a Storage Bench

  1. 1


    Build Your Bookshelf

    Build your bookshelf according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  2. Steps:

Bookcase in living room
  1. 2


    Paint Sofa Legs & Bookshelf

    • If your sofa legs come in raw wood, you need to paint them before attaching them to the bookcase.
    • You can change the colour of your bookcase with a simple coat of paint.
    • Make sure the paint is completely dry before moving on to the next step.

    Tip: Try painting the sofa legs a different colour than your bookshelf for a unique look.

    For more information on how to paint furniture check out How to Paint Furniture.

  2. Steps:

Paint cans with paint brush
  1. 3


    Attach Sofa Legs

    • Drill a hole on each corner on what will become the bottom (of your storage bench).
    • Attach the straight top plates, according to manufacturer's instructions.
    • Screw in the six sofa legs to the top plates, making sure they are as snug as possible.

  2. Steps:

Someone drilling hole in wood
  1. 4


    Add Finishing Touches

    • Add some decorative pillows to make the bench cozier and more comfortable.
    • Place your storage bins in the shelves beneath the bench.

  2. Steps:

Three blue decorative pillows on storage bench

How to Terms

Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors, or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures.

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