Kids Bench + Toy Chest + Desk




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Christmas is rapidly approaching and all I can see are toys everywhere. With this space-saving multi-functional kids furniture you can clear the clutter and have a place for your kids to sit and read a book. . Here are instructions on how to build A kid's bench that has toy box storage and converts into a desk. Decorate and style it to fit your child's personality.

Here are some of the items I used in this project.


  • (2) 1/4in. - 28 x2 in. Hex Cap Screw
  • (6) 1/4in. Flat Washers
  • (2) 1/4in. x 2-5/8in. Eye Bolt with nut
  • 2in. Narrow hinges
  • (2) Magnetic catch with strike
  • (1) Universal lid support
  • 1 1/4 in pocket screws


I worked on this project in conjunction with in their 2018 Holiday Campaign. The complete plans with dimensions can be found at

Step 1: Cut Boards

Cut down the plywood to size. I used sanded 3/4 in plywood for this project.

Step 2: Mark Opening

Mark out opening on the 2 side boards and front box panel. I used a cup to help round the edges.

Step 3: Clamp and Cut

Clamp the boards to the work surface and cut using a jig saw.

Step 4: Create Handles

Create handles on the two side boards by drilling in to the side panels and using a router to create the opening.

Step 5: Assemble the Box

Using Pocket holes assemble the base box frame of the toy box storage.

Step 6: Attache the Lid

Start with the back part that will remain in place. this is where the backrest for the bench will rest when its not in a table/desk position.

Step 7: Hinges

Attach the hinges. Route the inside so that the hinges will allow the lid to close flush with the surface.

Step 8: Arm Rest

Round 1 side of each of the 1x2 legs boards. I just rounded it out with a sander. Attach the two 1x2 boards.

Step 9: Backrest/ Desk Top

Cut the backrest in the desired curve pattern.

Step 10: Assemble the Desk/ Backrest

Attach the arms to the back rest /desk top board using pocket screws.

Step 11: Attach to Toy Box

Using a hex cap screw anchor the arm to the toy box base.

Step 12: Locking Holes

Drill the holes to lock the back rest in place. I used simple eyebolts.

Step 13: Wood Filler

Apply wood filler to the holes and openings.

Step 14: Lid Support

Attach a lid support bracket at the center of the toy box lid.

Step 15: Magnetic Catches

The support lid can make it hard to fully close. Add magnetic catches to fix this issue.

Step 16: Round Edges

Using a router with a roundover bit round out the edges.

Step 17: Finishing

Sand, paint or stain. Decorate with paint or decals

Step 18: Enjoy

Your kid will love this and so will you because the floor won't be cluttered.

For more details on this project and the complete free plans head over to ToolBox Divas for more details.

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    12 Discussions


    6 months ago

    You go girl, such a fun project, Have made lot of desks in my time (17 Grand-children) this one will be nice to make as so simple and will be great for my youngest sons children as they are a little limited on room, so will help de-clutter too,
    Thanks for idea, and keep posting.


    8 months ago

    Very nice and attractive..great work...


    8 months ago

    Very nice job! Wish I'd thought of something like this when my son (now 38 yrs. old) was young enough to enjoy grand kids yet to use it for, either, but I will keep it on file for a "just in case"... Thanks!


    8 months ago

    You go Girl!!! Absolutely fantastic. I have 2 little people I would love to make it for. They're 1 and 7 now and with my skill set they will both be college graduates before I could complete them :>) but that is fabulous. I love it. I'll keep an eye out for you toolboxdivas from now on.

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    Reply 8 months ago

    Hahaha You're funny! Thank you so much! I appreciate the support. Your kids would love it and I bet you can finish it by Christmas. :D

    Kink Jarfold

    8 months ago on Step 18

    The dual chest/desk design is perfect for kids. Nice that he figured it out so quickly, but today's kids are brilliant. Look what they do with computers. Great job. --Kink--

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    ToolboxDivasKink Jarfold

    Reply 8 months ago

    Thank you! Yes, you're right. These kids are little geniuses these days. It just caught me completely off guard.

    Penolopy Bulnick

    8 months ago

    This looks great! Such a fun toy chest :)
    Do you have a list of the supplies you used and the dimensions of your pieces?

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