Do THIS to any Michaels crates to get extra seating in just 60 seconds—and it’s super cute!

Ok…SPOILER ALERT… so, this bench isn’t 100% done. But, the initial assembly is around 44 seconds with the cups on the floor. I realized belatedly that I shouldn’t have started with the cups already spaced out so let’s call it a minute instead.   All the pieces that I am using, come, as is, and ready to go in Lowes/Home Depot, Target and the craft stores. There is absolutely no cutting involved in building this bench. I used 2 stair treads, 2 crates and 6 heavy duty plastic storage cups. Could it be any more simple than that? As soon as I paint and stain it and decide what must be permanently attached, I will update this tutorial. For now this is just an idea that was too good to wait to share with all of you!

For new ways to update this look, see http://www.hometalk.com/28485487/how-to-take-…!!!! The lumber dept guys at Home Depot took the time to analyze my bench and give me their opinions of how sturdy it is and how much weight it will support. The following is how I interpreted their analysis. They said up / down weight is not the issue. The stair treads on top of the wood crates supported like my picture would hold a great deal of weight. Possibly, even as much as 800 lbs to 900 lbs. Stair treads are specifically made to withstand a great deal of weight. They told me the boards are not going to break. The weakest part of this bench is when there is side to side movement aka horsin’ around. Two adults scooting back and forth side to side is when it would be at its weakest point. To make this super strong, they suggested lag bolts for a secure hold. I think wood screws and wood glue will probably support most people’s general use of this bench but go to the experts if you need more advice!! Stay tuned for a new bench entirely made from Home Depot items. Not sponsored by them in any way… just was there and I have wanted to make another bench for a while now.

Time: 1 Minutes Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
Here are my supplies. 2 stair treads, 2 wood crates, and 6 heavy duty cups. Update: In the last pictures, I added legs. It took 3 minutes to stain them and 4 minutes to attach them. The stair treads were $12.65 each, the wood crates were $10 and the cups were in packages of 3 for $2. The new legs and hardware came to $20 but really money well spent. I love the look.
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First, I set my cups out in a pattern.
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
I set one stair tread on top.
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
I placed the crates on top, evenly spaced from the edges.
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
I placed the other stair tread on top and done for a temporary bench. So easy to glue and nail it together from this point.
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
The stair treads give it a nice bullnose edge to the front of the bench.
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
I used my favorite stain on the stair treads. Dura Seal Quick Coat.
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
So, here is one option… just playing around with colors and that is why one is mint and one is white.
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
So, I bit the bullet and spent $20 on legs and hardware.
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
Money well spent.
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
I am still working on the crates… but those legs… LOVE!
how to build a bench in 44 seconds cheater method
Here are the latest pictures. I am finishing out the crates to not look so crate-ish. I really love this two tone look.
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I am pretty happy with it.

Materials I used for this project:

Stair treads   (Home Depot)

Wood crates   (Michaels)

Plastic cups   (Target)

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