The Trusty Outdoor Storage Bench DIY

When it comes to storage, sometimes we all need a little interior help. Whether it’s kids paraphernalia or patio accessories, at one point they all need somewhere to stay organised and out of sight. So, when LivingSpace asked us to create projects for their January edition, we dove straight into a solution for outside! Use this outdoor storage bench building plan to make clutter disappear, and add superb seating too. Read on for a great weekend project to tackle before the end of the summer!

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Here’s what you need for an Outdoor Wooden Storage Bench

Difficulty: intermediate

Time: 6 – 8 hrs (with drying time)

For the frame

  • 4x 32mmx32mmx450mm pine batten
  • 8x 32mmx32mmx375mm pine batten
  • 4x 32mmx32mmx1700mm pine batten
  • 4x50mm wood screws
  • 8x 6x50mm nail-in anchors

For the cladding

  • 8x 94mmx19mmx450mm pine PAR
  • 4x 94mmx19mmx1800mm pine PAR
  • 4x40mm wood screws

For the Lid

  • 2x 32mmx32mmx1695mm pine batten
  • 4x 32mmx32mmx315mm pine batten
  • 4x 94mmx19mmx1800mm pine PAR
  • 4x40mm wood screws
  • 3x 50mm hinges
  • Outdoor wood varnish or paint to finish the project.


outdoor storage bench building plans


Assemble the frame as per the diagram above. Remember to drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from cracking!


Position the outdoor wooden storage bench against the wall where it is going to be installed. Use a 4mm drill bit to pilot holes 5cm from both the top and bottom of the four back uprights. Gently tap a nail into each hole to mark the position against the wall. Then remove the bench and drill the eight holes into the wall using a 6mm masonry bit.


Place the plugs into the holes in the wall, and then fix the bench to the wall by nailing the anchors through the wood into the plugged holes at the back. The bench should now be securely fitted.


Clad the front and sides of the bench with the pine slats. Start with the bottom slat on the front, and then add the slats on the sides making sure that they line up. Ensure that you get the subsequent rows straight by using a slat turned on its side as a guide.


Assemble the frame of the lid as shown. Then fit the lid to the base frame with the hinges. Then add the four slats to form the seat, again using a slat turned on its side as a guide.


Finish with two coats of outdoor varnish or paint. Allow drying time between coats and lightly sand before applying the second coat to ensure the best result.


That’s it! Now you can place outdoor cushions on the bench, get ambient lights, lie down and relax! Or, start making your floating drink holders for later!

Happy making!

Go Bohemian with a DIY Fringed Basket

This month, we’re taking inspiration to the next level! We are remaking a few of our favourite things from our favourite stores, and Anthropologie is top of our list! This DIY fringed basket with a beautiful boho vibe couldn’t be easier, and it’s a fun project for kids – BONUS!

There are many stunning baskets from Anthropologie, so have a look at their basket collection if you need a little more inspiration.

Here’s how to create Beautifully fun Bohemian Baskets.

Anthropologie knock off Tassel Basket Tutorial

You’ll need:

  • Wicker Baskets
  • Paint (we used white, light blue and dark blue chalk paint)
  • enough fringing and/tassels* to play around with

* The amount of fringing/tassels you need depends on the size of your basket. Measure the circumference for an exact length.

Tools for the Job:

  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Paint Roller or Brush


DIY Tassel Baskets - Homeology

Paint the baskets white (but you can use any light colour you prefer). Leave to dry.


Bohemian Basket Tutorial with Chalk Paint

Use a roller or a paint brush to paint the lower third of the baskets in a darker colour; we used light blue and dark blue. Let it dry.

STEP 3 (Optional):

Fringe Basket DIY

Add a thin paint strip above the coloured section. You can use masking tape as a guide, but don’t rely on it too much as it doesn’t cling to the wicker all that well. And an uneven line adds to the character of the end product! Leave the baskets to dry once more.


Fun Tassel Basket Decor - Homeology

See which fringe or tassels will work best with your basket, and double check to see if you have enough. Heat up the glue gun and then add glue just below the top edge of the basket.

Pro Tip: Add glue in 200mm sections, to avoid the glue drying too quickly.


Anthropologie knock off - DIY Tassel Basket

Press the end of the tassel/fringing to the glued part and work your way around until the next section.



Repeat this process until the first fringe layer is complete.


Fringe Basket DIY - Homeology

Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the second tassel layer.

Green and Blue Fringed Baskets - Homeology

Bohemian Decor with Fringed Baskets - Homeology

Remember to work in sections!

DIY Blue and White Tassel Baskets - Homeology

DIY Bohemian Tassel Baskets - Homeology

Pro Tip: Leave an excess of 20mm fringing for a neatly glued end. Finish the tip of the fringing by folding it over and glueing it down.


This may be the most straightforward DIY you do all year, so make the most of it by making many of these pretty baskets as Anthropologie-inspired gifts (remember Christmas is not too far away!!)


Happy Making!



How to Make a DIY Storage Ottoman with a Small Bookshelf

I know – that’s not something you see every day! But when Continental Window Fashions asked me to make something with finials, I immediately thought that the cute shape of a pretty finial is perfect as feet for a DIY storage ottoman. And well, the bookshelf was standing around doing nothing and waiting to be useful.

west elm essex ottoman

And when I saw this lovely little ottoman from West Elm, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

ottoman and Chinese lady cushion

Here’s how to take an old bookshelf and turn it into a DIY storage ottoman with finial feet.

ottoman materials

You Will Need:

An old bookshelf (for a sturdy ottoman, it’s best to use a bookshelf made out of solid wood and not chipboard)

  • 16mm thick chipboard, cut to the same size as the face of the bookshelf (this is for the ottoman lid)
  • 100mm medium density foam, cut to the same size as the face of the bookshelf
  • 22mm coverable buttons (we used 18)
  • Upholstery thread
  • Batting to cover the top and sides of the ottoman
  • Fabric of your choice (we used about 2.5m linen)
  • Thin cotton lining (we used 1m)
  • 4x curtain rod finials to use as feet. You can use regular wooden ball finials or go for more decorative Chaucer finials.
  • 4x  44mm x 44mm wooden corner blocks to support the feet
  • Wooden screws, filler, and touch-up paint.
  • 2x 40mm brass hinges

You will also need:

  • Staple gun and staples
  • Extra long upholstery needle
  • Electric drill with a variety of wood drill bits
  • 25mm hole saw bit


foam template

Create a grid on both the foam and the chipboard lid. We made a 4 x 3 button, or you can create your own grid based on your ottoman’s dimensions. Then mark where the buttons will go.


grid and drill

Use a 4mm drill bit to drill holes into the chipboard lid.


foam grid drill holes

Next, use the hole saw bit to drill holes into the foam carefully.


linen and batting and foam

Place the foam onto the chipboard, making sure that the holes line up. Then cover the foam with the wadding and lay over the fabric, taking care that the centre of the fabric is in the centre of the foam.


how to cover buttons

Now you’re ready to start with the buttons of the DIY storage ottoman! Cover the buttons with your chosen fabric – a button covering tool makes this really easy. The lid of a spray paint canister works perfectly as a template!


how to do diamond buttoning

Thread 20” of upholstery thread through each button, and then use your extra long needle to thread the button through the fabric, wadding, foam and lid.

ottoman art nouveau book


Start from the central button and work your way outward, finishing with the buttons on the edges.


thread and screw driver

Use a screwdriver to get a better grip on the thread at the back, and pull until you are happy with the depth of the button at the front. Then apply staples in a zig-zag way to secure the thread. Repeat until you have secured all the buttons.


fabric and staple gun

First, fix the wadding and then proceed to secure the fabric at the back of the lid. Make sure that you tuck the pleats as you go!

linen and staple gun

Take special care with the pleats around the corners to ensure that they are tight and even.


chinese floral fabric

Add a lining to the inside of the lid to finish it off – we used a colourful floral for a fun twist!


upholsery gun

Cover the sides of the base with a layer of wadding and fabric, and use your staple gun to secure it. Be sure to tuck the edges in on the top edge to finish it neatly.

cotton lining staple gun

For a professional touch, add a layer of lining to the bottom as well!

Chinese floral brass hinges

Then secure the lid to the base with the hinges.

STEP 10:

ottoman support blocks

To attach the legs, first add the support blocks on the inside of the base. Then drill holes big enough to take the dowel that’s attached to the finial.

finial leg

Add a drop of wood glue to the hole before you push in the finial.

open ottoman

Place some boxes inside and use it for storage!

ottoman storage boxes

Congratulations on making a DIY storage ottoman!


Happy DIY-ing!