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.


Roxanna (not verified)

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 08:14

I just found your blog and I think you are my muse. Its been a long time since I have been this excited about a blog :)

Kim (not verified)

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 12:51

I've been looking for just the right bench for so long...and here it is! I love this and I need one of these in my house right now. Thanks for this plan!

INSANITY ENJOYED (not verified)

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 15:55

Oh no, another thing I want to build lol. I am happy to say that I bought the wood for my first project! Im going to build the entryway storage bench. I'm very excited and will definitely send pics of the results your way :) Although I am wishing I had more than just a hammer for all the nails lol.

Emily (not verified)

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 17:59

Hello :)

I am totally new to this world of DIY blogging and crafy-ness...this site is amazing, and so inspiring. I will definitely be trying a few of these things this summer (I'm a college student) to have in my dorm room next year. I will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.

Rami, Danielle… (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 02:36

This is going to be my first project. I love it! I am finally getting a home gym together and this is the perfect resting bench! Thank you and I'll let you know how it turns out.

Cassie (not verified)

Sun, 03/21/2010 - 19:55

My husband and I fell in love with your blog about a month ago. We've just gotten around to our first project this weekend and this is it! We got the bench built today in about an hour and I'll be staining it tomorrow. Can't wait to share it!

mwoolfenden (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 05:18

I need this! i think i will tweek it so that it is longer and has a cushion on top so that my family cna sit and take off their shoes and store then under! my pretty wood floors(that i have to finish first) thank you!!

stephaniegiese (not verified)

Mon, 06/14/2010 - 02:29

Hi Ana!

I stumbled across your blog last week and I am ADDICTED!I'm so excited to take up this new hobby!!! I convinced hubby that it would be a great "date night" activity that we could do from home once the kids are asleep. We went to HD yesterday and bought our wood for less than $45 (maybe it would have been cheaper at a lumber yard, but we had two kids under 3 with us and Home Depot seemed like an easier trip.)We plan to start tomorrow, I'm excited to learn how to actually use all of "his" tools that have been in our garage for years. You are such an inspiration for Girl Power!