Spa Bench

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 14:43
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A good place for rolled towels, a good place to sit! This simple spa bench is compact enough to fit in most baths, but adds both storage and seating. Super easy to build and inexpensive.

Special thanks to Heather for sharing her photos.

37" x 18" x 11 1/2"


Shopping List

1 – 1×10, 10′ Long
1 – 1×12, 4′ Long
3 - 1×3, 8′ Long

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×10 @ 17 1/4″ (Sides)
2 – 1×10 @ 34 1/2″ (Shelves)
4 – 1×3 @ 17 1/4″ (Legs)
4 – 1×3 @ 31″
1 – 1×12 @ 37″ (Top)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Adhere to necessary safety precautions. Check for square after each step. Measure and cut your trim to fit your piece for the best fit.


Step 1

Build the Box. Start by marking the sides 3″ from the bottom. This will be the bottom of the shelves. Fasten the bottom shelf in place, using 2″ nails or screws and glue. Then fasten the top shelf in place.

Step 2

Legs. Fasten the legs to the sides of the bench as shown above, keeping outside edges flush. Make sure you also fasten to the sides and the shelves. The legs reinforce the sides

Step 3

Shelf Trim. Fasten the shelf trim to the shelves, as shown above. You may need to nail at an angle from the bottom corners of the shelf trim into the legs. Use 2″ nails and glue.

Step 4

Top. Mark the sides of the top in 1/4″ and 1/2″ from the ends. Position on top of the bench and fasten in place with 1 1/4″ nails and glue.


Cami Koralewski (not verified)

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:57

This was a great first project for someone who has never ever done anything like this before! Thank you! Right when we finished the bench, we started a table and just finished it. Now we are building a new kitchen table! THANKS, ANA!

SariBelle (not verified)

Sun, 12/05/2010 - 19:47

Hi Ana,

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and showing us we all have the ability to build!

I've just recently moved to a new house and we didn't have enough storage in our bathroom so I got motivated to build this spa shelf with a few modifications. I wasn't sure how to upload a photo here but I've put a photo on my blog

Thanks Ana!


Tue, 10/04/2011 - 20:52

If I wanted to inclose it by adding a front and back panel with the front panel opening down, what do you suggest? Just thought it could be a storage type bench opening from the front. Any suggestions would help! Thanks for everything...this is the BEST website ever!


Sat, 08/18/2012 - 18:56


So this is hopefully gonna be my first project - anyone have suggestions for how to add a storage portion to the top, for a piano bench? And how to attach the hinges, etc? Slight modifications but I'd LOVE to use this easy plan!


Wed, 12/05/2012 - 12:09

Are there more specific instructions for this somewhere? I don't understand which joints to use the Kreg jig on. Thank you!


Tue, 05/07/2013 - 14:07

I love the idea with this bench. I'm just curious if I would make some identical models for my Thermal Pool & Spas, it would not be prohibited by an invention patent?


Fri, 06/05/2015 - 17:18

Would this bench be strong enough to sit on? My friend asked me to make her one for her screened porch to sit plants on but also use as a bench seat when needed.

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