#BEHRBOX Mudroom in a Closet

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:51
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Easy diy mudroom bench with flip up boot storage.  Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com



Thank you all for your suggestions and inspiration on our #BEHRBOX Challenge!  So many amazing ideas!  I loved the items in the mystery box and could think of endless projects, but in the end, one project stood out more than any other.

My sister has an entryway closet that wasn't working for a family of five with small children.  With winter fast approaching here in Alaska, this closet needed to become a mudroom fast.

But a couple of problems.  This closet is in a tight hallway, with the entry door swinging into the hall space.  So a bench with drawers under it, or bins or baskets that slide out is not an option - the entry door could not be used at the same time as the bins/baskets/drawers were being accessed.

The closet is 24" deep - we didn't want to create shelving that is 24" deep at below the knee level - especially since most of the shoes are small kid shoes.  Stuff would get lost in the too deep shelving, and no one wants to get down on their hands and knees and dig it out.

So we came up with an idea to have shelving on the front, and a hinged top on the back for boot storage.

No wasted space, no too deep shelving, no door/drawer collisions!  

We love how this one turned out, and it was one of the easiest builds ever!  Here's how it went down -

We screwed a 2x2 cleat to the back wall, hitting studs in the wall.  The pencil line is at 18" and is also the height of the finished benches.  The cleat is attached 3/4" below the pencil line.


Then using 1x12s, we built two simple benches.  We built two so the benches could be easily set inside the closet without destroying the drywall.

We screwed the benches together at the front of the closet opening.   (We also added a back, I'll get to that in the plans below).

Then we just measured the distance from the back of the bench to the wall and ripped a 1x12 down to fit, giving about a 1/4" to allow the tops to open easily.  Those boards are attached to the benches with hinges.  (Holes are drilled later to assist with opening the lift tops)

Now time for the real transformation  .... PAINT!

Our favorite of the #BEHRBOX colors was "In The Moment" - BEHR(r) 2018 Color of the Year.  It is the perfect turquoisey blue for furniture - not too bright or kiddish, but not a pastel or chalky, with a neutrel undertone.  

The Marquee paint is a true one coat coverage, making quick work of tranforming lumber into .....

THIS amazing mudroom!

The paint was really the turning point.  I had planned on just white, but am so glad the #BEHRBOX inspired us to go with "In The Moment" by BEHR Paints(r). 


We also incorporated "Road Less Traveled" and "Equilbrium" paint colors from BEHR Paints(r) 2018 Color Trends Palatte.

For the top, we worked with the existing shelf by adding a piece below it. 

Then we installed Liberty Hardware hooks for functionality and beauty. 

My favorite are the large coat hooks on the ends, also by Liberty Hardware, perfect for longer items.  You can never have enough hooks, and you can mix and match and it looks anything BUT boring.

This truly was an easy build, and we are so excited to share the bench plans with you below.  

Do share if you build!

XO Ana

PS - Do pin and share!


Step 1

Using 1x12s, build bench frame as shown in diagram.  We used a Kreg Jig and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, but predrilled wood screws (2" length) will work as well.

Step 2

1x3s are added to back and front.  Can be nailed or screwed or Kreg Jigged in place.

Step 3

The back plywood needs to be held down 3/4" to allow for the hinged top.  Nail to sides and 1x3 at top with 3/4" nails.

Step 4

Additional shelves and dividers can be added.  Dividers will need to be notched out for the back 1x3 with a jigsaw.