How to Build Wooden Cube Seating

Hammer and Nails on plywood
  • 1-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Wood putty
Foam padding
Hinge (optional)

Wooden cube seating is a simple solution to a lack of storage space. The cube provides a comfortable seat or foot rest but can also be used to keep a variety of items out of sight yet close at hand if you need them quickly. Build a selection of cubes as an interesting and flexible seating solution using the simple step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1 - Cut Wood

Decide how big your cubes will be and cut the wood to size. Many hardware stores will cut wood for you if you are not confident you will be able to cut the edges perfectly straight. You will need six identical squares of wood to make the cube. If you want to vary the height or depth of the wooden seat, you will need to adjust the measurements to fit. Plywood or MDF are excellent choices for a wooden cube if you intend to paint the finished item as both are widely available and cheap to buy.

Step 2 - Assemble Cube

Assemble the four sides into a square. Use glue along the edges to join them together and add nails to strengthen the joint. You can also use screws but it is recommended that you drill a pilot hole first to prevent screws from splitting the wood. Attach the base piece to the cube in a similar fashion. Once the cube is assembled, sand down rough edges and fill any holes or joints with wood putty for a clean finish.

Step 3 - Paint Cube

rows of open paint cans

Paint the cube before attaching the seat to prevent transference of the paint onto the material. A latex-based paint is an excellent option for a wooden cube seat as it will be durable and easy to wipe down in the event of spillages.

Step 4 - Form Seat

There are two ways to add the lid to your wooden cube seat; either attach the lid to the cube using a hinge or leave it unattached so it can be completely removed. No matter what style of lid you use, the seat preparation remains the same. Sand the edges and corners of the wood to remove sharp edges then place a foam cushion on the top and glue it into place. Cover the foam with your chosen material and secure it in place under the lid with staples.

Step 5 - Attached Lid

looking into a wood box

To attach the lid with a hinge, you will need to trim out an area of one of the top edges of the cube to recess a hinge into. This prevents the lid from sitting slightly elevated from the cube and leaves a clean and tidy finish.

Step 6 - Unattached Lid

If you would like to be able to remove the lid completely, you will need to form a wooden square the same size as the open edge of the cube on the underside of the lid. Cut four small pieces of wood to the correct size and glue them in place. If the fit is too tight, you can sand the square down slightly. This square will prevent the lid from moving when someone sits down.