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I am so excited to share my DIY IKEA Bench! I was at IKEA a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with their Nornas bench with storage. We’ve been updating my daughter’s bedroom decor from a tween’s bedroom to a teen’s room. We started by covering the pink and purple walls with white paint. A little boring I know, but given that this is a basement bedroom we love the brightness the white walls bring.

DIY IKEA bench.Build this IKEA look alike bench for only $30! IKEA"S version is $199.

I thought the DIY IKEA bench was the perfect addition to my daughter’s room. But, the $199 price tag was not so cool. I took a couple of pics at the store and after a few other purchases I went home and decided to build this piece.
This is a pretty easy build. You will only need 1 x12s and 2x2s, all straight cuts. I spent about $30 in lumber and some paint. I even had time to do a little Black Friday shopping the day I built it!

The dimensions are 4′ long, 20″ tall ,and 12″ deep. The compartments are 15″ wide

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

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DIY IKEA Bench

Materials: 


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1. Cut the first 1×12 into ( 2) 4-foot pieces. These will make the top and bottom of you bench.

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

2. Cut the second 1×12 piece into 5- 15″ pieces

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

3. Cut the 2x2s as shown below

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

4.  Drill pocket holes on each of the pieces, except the 4′ pieces. I used my Kreg Jig to do this.

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

5. Once the pocket holes are drilled, you can start by building the legs. I used

2 1/2″ pocket screws here.

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

6. I used metallic spray paint on this piece. The idea was to make the legs look like metal. When I first saw the IKEA piece I was sure the legs were metal, but nope, they were wood. Here’s the spray paint I used.

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

7. I started putting together the rest of the piece while this dried.

Start by making an “H”, this is the middle piece of the bench. Make sure the pocket holes face OUT on the vertical pieces. I learned the hard way here and had to take it apart and re-attach. Oops.

Make sure you mark the middle really well so the shelf is leveled. Use wood glue on all of the seams. I used 1″ pocket screws on all of the 1×12 pieces.

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

8. Attach the “H” to the 4′ piece. Coming together!

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

9. Add the end pieces. Remember, use 1″ pocket screws here!

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

At this point I went ahead and stained the piece. I used a natural stain. The pic above shows the piece already stained. You can choose a different finish or you can paint it any color you like! I wanted mine to resemble the IKEA bench as much as possible.

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

10. Then I added the top piece and voila!

IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

11. Now you are ready to add the legs. Make sure the piece is upside down. I also used 1″ pocket screws here.

DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

I love how the legs look like metal!! DIY IKEA bench.IKEA NORNAS Storage Bench with Storage Compartments. Build it for cheap!! Sawdustsisters.com

I also found these storage boxes at Home Depot.

Here’s a couple more pics of the finished bench!

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DIY IKEA bench. Build for only $30! Tutorial at sawdustsisters.comBy the way, everything else in this room is from IKEA. Yes, I’m obsessed with the place.

I hope you like the bench!!

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Beverly

Beverly is a wife, mother of 5, a DIY enthusiast, grammar guru, and bread baking lover! For her free bread recipes visit https://simplywheatbread.com

This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. Nice and very informative post. I love the way put every step with pictures.
    Keep it up! Well done! ?

  2. That bench turned out really well. It looks just like the Ikea bench, but a much better price tag. Thanks for the instructions. I’m pinning so I can make it.

    1. Thanks Rebecca!! Send me a picture after you build it 🙂 I’d love to see it!

  3. This turned out awesome – and you can’t beat the price! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark; I’m featuring your storage bench this week. Our party goes live at 6am EST tomorrow. Hope you’ll stop by and link up again!

    1. Oh wow! Thank you so much Emily! I will be stopping by 🙂 thank you again for the kind words and for the feature!

    1. Thank you Ivory!

  4. I bought a Kreg Jig recently and this seems an easy project to do! I can see it upholstered on my daughter’s bedroom, thanks for sharing all the steps.
    I would love to invite you share it at our Sweet Inspiration link up party, which is live every week from Friday to Tuesday.
    Enjoy the weekend!!

    1. Hi Pili! You will love the Kreg jig! Thanks for the invite! I will definitely share!

  5. Definitely a great build. You did a fantastic job here and I’m sure it was at a fraction of the cos even though Ikea is pretty economical we DIYers are cheap! “wink” Pinning and sharing.

    1. Thanks Mary! IKEA’s version is $199 and it is smaller 🙂

  6. Is this safe for sitting on?

  7. I’m about to make two of these for my girls as I redo their bedroom! With a cushion top for sitting on. I am looking forward to this!

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