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02-28-2020 03:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: built in drawer question plans

Does anyone have plans for a built in bench with a slide out drawers? I’m looking at building two for a new house but haven’t been able to find a decent set of plans to replicate.

Each would be approximately just under 6ft long x 2 ft deep.

Will likely be made out of MDF painted white with a cushion on top.


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#1 posted 02-28-2020 04:04 AM

Your question is very vague. Built ins are all over the map.

If your looking for dimension specific, I feel 17+2” cushion for seat height is good place to start. Depth could be dependent on where is going. Width same. I feel 17+ for seat depth is comfortable.

For construction, I would build like a kitchen cabinets and just dress it up the way you want. Feet, panel ends, insert drawer fronts, etc.

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#2 posted 02-29-2020 12:35 AM

Your right I guess my question is a little vague.

My plan is too build a top a platform wrapped by baseboard with a face frame and maybe two inset drawers with a cushion top.

My primary concern is in supporting the weight of a full grown adult (or two). Would two drawers with a middle divider across a six foot span be sufficient to support the weight of possibly two adults or should I be doing three drawers with two dividers supports? Alternatively would building a 2×4 frame be better?

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#3 posted 02-29-2020 02:47 AM

There are ways to do just 2 drawers.

Support the front with the face frame. The back with a 3ish inch stretcher or a 3/4 ply back. The middle with the max height you can. Probably the same as your top rail on the face frame.

You could also use angle iron in the middle, although I don’t think it’s needed.

Doubling the top(1.5”) would be another way to stiffen it up.

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#4 posted 02-29-2020 03:02 AM

I’m not exactly sure what you mean by supporting it with the face frame? Do you have an example?

Doubling the top sound like a good idea. Hadn’t considered that

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