Braden Entryway Hutch

Braden Entryway Hutch
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Part of our Braden Entryway Collection, this hutch plan can tidy up the busiest room in your home - the mudroom. Featuring two cubbies sized for bins or mittens and mail and keys, and two lockers for hooks, the hutch sits on top of the bench. Style and function marries up in this reader photo.

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Braden Entryway Hutch

Braden Entryway Hutch
50 3/4" tall x 30 1/2" wide x 12 1/4" wide


Shopping List
  • 3 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 30" long
  • 1/4" plywood for the back
Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List
  • A) 1 – 1×12 @ 30″ (Top, Shown in Green)
  • B) 3 – 1×12 @ 50″ (Sides, Middle, shown in Turquoise)
  • C) 1 – 1/4″ to 1/2″ plywood @ 30″ x 50 3/4″ (Back, shown in purple)
  • D) 2 – 1×12 @ 13 7/8″ (Bottom of Top Cubbies, shown in red)
  • E) 1 – 1×2 @ 30 1/2″ (Top Trim, Orange)
  • F) 2 – 1×2 @ 49 1/4″ (Side Trim, Yellow)
  • G) 1 – 1×2 @ 27 1/2″ (Shelf Trim, Green)
  • H) 2 – 1×4 @ 13 7/8″ (Bottom Supports, Blue)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer


Step 1

Begin by using nails and glue to nail through the top, shown in green, into the top edges of the sides and middle, shown in Turquoise above. Use the above measurements to guide you. Use 2″ nails.

Step 2

Square up the locker. See the HOW-TO section for a video on checking for square. Then glue and nail the plywood to the back of the locker. Make sure you nail into all the Sides, Middle, and Top boards. Use 1 1/4″ nails.

Step 3

Use the measurements above to guide you as you fasten D, shown in red above, in place. Nail at an angle (toenail) through the face of D into the the middle board. Then nail at an angle from the middle board into the side edges of D. Use 2″ nails and glue. Also nail through the back into the back edge of D.

Step 4

Use 2″ nails and glue to fasten the top trim in place. Follow the instructions in the diagram to center the top trim on the locker, end edges overhanging 1/4″ on each side.

Step 5

Step 6

Add the shelf trim, shown in green above, using 2″ nails and glue. The above diagram shows the measurements. Keep the top edges flush. Make sure you nail through the face of the green board into both the edges of the turquoise and red boards above.

Step 7

Fasten the blue boards above, the bottoms supports, in place, using glue and 2″ nails. Nail through the sides into the end edges. Also nail from the supports in to the center board, shown in turquoise, at an angle. Then use 1″ nails to fasten the plywood to the supports (shown in blue).

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill nail holes with putty and sand and finish as desired.


Alexis (not verified)

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 06:08

Oh my word!!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!!! If it wasn't the dead of winter, I'd be building this right now.

teamstan (not verified)

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 17:32

Yes, I was curious how one attaches the locker to the drawer? Do you need to nail it to the top of the drawer before you put on the back? Thanks!

Katie (not verified)

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 17:53

How do you attach the locker to the drawer? Also, do you recommend securing the locker to the wall? Thanks!

Renee H (not verified)

Fri, 03/25/2011 - 13:51

I am also one who would like to know how you attach (or if you even do) the locker to the base....


Fri, 03/25/2011 - 14:10

 Ana's  'Entryway Mail Sort and Charging Hutch"  project plan has some instructions on how to do this with a metal bracket (simpson strong tie) or anti-tip kit (Ana's response from 1/10/11 - the very last response at the bottom).  She gives detailed instructions in that post on how to attach the top to the base. 


Jeff (not verified)

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 18:39

Ana, this is just what I am looking for. However, the screen shots from your Sketch up is way to small to see the dimensions. Anyway we can get a better view?


Sat, 10/12/2013 - 08:36

Love this and we want to make it, but all I see here are plans for the hutch.... where can I find pland for the bench as well?