Small Rustic Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:40
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A perfect small rustic bench for bathrooms, or size taller for nightstand or console table!  Free plans by

Are you looking for a simple wood bench that adds texture and beauty to your space?

We need a bench beside our master bathroom tub, so we built this little guy out of scrap pine boards.  

This little rustic bench adds tons of charm to our bathroom, and functionality.  

The cross bracing adds both sturdiness and interest.

Like our DIY rustic bathroom vanities, we used pine boards and stained them Varathane Dark Walnut.


Just wipe on with a lint free cloth or paper towel and let dry!

You can build this cute little rustic bench with the free plans following.  The angles are a little tricky, so I marked this plan "Intermediate" but it is still a quick and easy project.

Do share if you build, we can't wait to see how your rustic benches turn out!

XO Ana

PS - Make sure you check out our bathroom photo tour with sources here.

PSS - Watch this bench get built in this video


Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

1 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long

1 - 1x12 @ 28" long

1 - 2x2 @ 6 feet long

Common Materials
Cut List

4 - 2x2 @ 15-3/4" - long point to short point, both ends cut at 15 degrees off square

2 - 1x2 @ 7-3/4"

1 - 1x12 @ 28"

1 - 1x2 @ 27-1/2"

2 - 1x2 @ 13" - long point to long point, both ends BEVELED at 45 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Attach 1x2s to legs, so top corner of 1x2 is on edge of leg, but 1x2 remains parallel to ground.  This will be easy to do on top but a little tricker for the lower stretcher support.  You can use a speed square to mark out the bottom stretcher at 15 degrees.

Build two.

Step 2

Attach legs to underside of top with 2" screws from top.

Step 3

Attach stretcher to base of legs with 2" screws.

Step 4

Attach cross bracing to the stretcher and top aprons with 2" screws.