Entryway Console with Open Shelves - Double Width

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White console table with open shelves.  Build your own large entryway console or media center - free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

white console table
white console table
white console table

Update: Love this console, but don't want to deal with plywood, or want a custom size?  Here's how you can build this console without cutting or transporting plywood in YOUR size!



A console table in an entryway is a must.  Not only is it an essential dropzone for keys, mail, and more, an entryway console can ground a mirror (another entryway essential) and add beauty to your home's first interior impression.

Our entryway in our new house had a big problem though -

We needed to hide these radiant heat floor pipes too.

So I came up with this design for an entryway console -

It's based off a console table plan I did a few years back -

I just double the width to fit my space.  I hid the pipes behind the doors, but kept the basket storage to full depth.  There's still a good amount of storage behind the doors too, despite the pipes.

We love our new white console table!

This piece is so perfect for our space.  The baskets (from Joanns) are perfect for mail, and the look is very adaptable for every type of decor or season.

The hardware was a big deal.  I dry fit several different options and was very suprised when the Lombard Pulls by Liberty Hardware/Franklin Brass were the clear winner.

They seemed almost too simple in the package, but on the cabinet - understated perfection.


This was such a good project, one that will stay with our house for many many years.  I love that it could be used throughout the house too - entertainment center, baby changing table, hybrid dresser, dining room buffet, coffee bar just to name a few.

We featured this dropzone entryway console in a video a few weeks back - lots of build details, especially on the doors - do watch if you can.





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Entryway Console with Open Shelves - Double Width

entryway console shelf dimensions
Counterheight, 16" deep, 5 feet wide. This is a large console table.


Shopping List
  • 1 – 4’ x 8’ x 3/4”thick cabinet grade plywood sheet ripped into 15-3/4” wide strips (you can also use 4-1x12x8' boards instead for a narrower depth console table)
  • 4 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long 
  • 1 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 1- 4’x 8’ x 1/4” thick plywood (for the back)
  • 4 sets of hinges
  • 4 knobs/pulls
  • 4 magnetic clasps
  • 1-1/4” and 3/4” brad nails
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
Cut List
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 58” – top
  • 2 – ¾” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 55” – shelves
  • 2 – ¾” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 35-1/4” – sides
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 15-3/4” x 8-1/2” – divider
  • 1 – 1x2 @ 58” – face frame top
  • 2 – 1x2 @ 35-1/4” – face frame sides
  • 2 – 1x2 @ 53-1/2” – face frame stiles
  • 1 – 1x2 @ 29-1/2”- face frame center
  • 2 – 1x2 @ 26” – face frame shelves
  • 1 – 1x4 @ 16-1/2” – base sides
  • 1 – 1x4 @ 58” – base front cut to fit
  • 8 – 1x3 @ 20-3/4” – door stiles
  • 8 – 1x3 @ 7-7/8 – door rails
  • 4 - ¼” plywood cut to fit approx. 8” x 15-3/4”
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Rip plywood on tablesaw or with circular saw into strips 15-3/4” wide by 8 feet long.  From these strips, cut out pieces for carcass.  Assemble the carcass using three ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws per joint, for all joints except center divider.

For center divider, apply glue to both ends and position in center of upper shelf opening.  Use 1-1/4” brad nails to secure in place.

Step 2

Using ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws, build face frame on flat level surface. Top face frame piece overhangs front and sides by ¾”.

Nail completed face frame to front of carcass with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue.

Additional shelves can be added, but need to be at least 1/2" less in width than the carcass to allow for the door backs to be added in last step.

Step 3

Measure and cut side base pieces.  Nail to sides with 1-1/4” brad nails.  Measure and cut front base piece.  Nail to front with 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 4

Cut back piece from ¼” plywood and nail to all edges on back of cabinet using glue and ¾” brad nails.

Step 5

Assemble door frame pieces using ¾” pocket holes and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.  Cut plywood slightly larger than opening and nail to back with ¾” brad nails and wood glue.

Install doors with hinges.  Add knobs or pulls and magnetic clasps.

NOTE: Please watch the video as there is more details on steps for the doors in the video



Wed, 09/02/2020 - 06:28

Loved this cabinet; however, I needed something a little bit smaller for my space. Thanks so much for sharing the plans! I made mine half the size and only one door that was on the outside of the face frame not inset like yours. I think it looks pretty cute for my first cabinet. I even used the router table for the first time. :D


Mon, 05/24/2021 - 00:49

Just finished making this and absolutely love it!! Thank you so much for these plans.


Sat, 01/14/2023 - 14:54

Hi Ana,
Can you tell me what size bit for my router do I need for the Entryway Console ? I'm just at the point of building the doors and you don't say in your video, what size bit for door's rails and stiles ?