Make a pigeon hole bench

Make a pigeon hole bench




This easy DIY pigeon hole bench is just the thing if you need extra storage but don’t have a lot of space. You can use the bench for seating and storage as is, or you can make an upholstered cushion to sit on top of the bench. The storage bench measures 450mmD x 1200mmL x 484mmH.


1 of 450 x 1200mm 16mm supawood – top
2 of 434 x 1136mm 16mm supawood – shelf / base
4 of 434 x 468mm 16mm supawood – dividers
1 of 30 x 1136mm 16mm supawood – front top
1 of 100 x 1200mm 16mm supawood – base front
2 of 100 x 434mm 16mm supawood – base sides
6 of 169 x 366mm 16mm supawood – drawer front/back
6 of 169 x 402mm 16mm supawood – drawer sides
3 of 334 x 402mm 16mm supawood – drawer base
4 x 35mm cut screws
3 cup handles and screws
Wood filler
Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Countersink bit
Jigsaw plus clean-cut blade
Orbital or random orbit sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads
Rubber mallet
Tape measure and pencil



Note: All sections pre-drilled with 3mm countersunk pilot holes.



1. Measure and draw a vertical line at the centre of each divider. Measure and mark as per the diagram above for cutting out the slots on the dividers and a recess for mounting the front panel at the top.


2. Measure and mark a centre line along the horizontal and then measure and mark for cutting out the slots on the shelf and base. Use a jigsaw to cut out.


3. Place the shelf and base upright so that you can slot the dividers into the cut outs on the shelf/base.




It helps to have someone on hand to hold the shelf/base while you knock in the dividers.




4. Attach the side sections by drilling into the edges of the shelf/base.


5. Position the front panel in the cut-out along the top edge of the dividers. Secure through the sides and into the dividers.


6. Secure the top. The back edge is flush with the frame with a 16mm overhang at the front. Drill through the top into the sides and front panel.


7. Attach the base side panels and then the base front panel, securing the front panel to the edge of the side panels and along the front edge of the base.


8. Assemble the drawers by screwing the front and back panels onto the sides. Insert the base and secure by drilling through the front, back and sides.





  • Fill all countersink holes with wood filler. Sand with 120- and then 240-grit sandpaper once dry.
  • Sand all cut edges with 240-grit sandpaper until smooth.
  • Attach cup handles to drawer fronts after paint.


Janice Anderssen