Entryway Bench and Storage Shelf with Hooks

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 12:23
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Simple entryway organizer bench and shelf with hooks set - Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

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Big solution for a small space!  This entryway shelf and bench combo is a favorite because it stores so much, looks beautiful, and is an easy build!  

All 1x material - so no ripping plywood.  And no Kreg Jig required (although you can use yours if you have one!)

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Free plans follow.  Please share a photo via brag post if you build.  

Thanks so much, Ana

 

NOTE: This plan has been updated.  If you need the old version of this plan, it is available here.

Dimensions
Entryway bench and shelf plans
Dimensions shown above

Preparation

Shopping List

Shopping List for the Bench

1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long - cut the 46-1/2" and 48" pieces from this

1 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long

2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long

 

Shelf Shopping List

1 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long - cut the two 46-1/2" pieces from this

1 - 1x8 @ 10 feet long

1 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long

 

Backs for both shelf and bench

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 48" x 24"

 

3 Double Hooks

Common Materials
2 inch screws
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

BENCH

1 - 1x12* @ 46-1/2" - bottom

2 - 1x12* @ 13-1/4" - dividers

2 - 1x12* @ 17-1/4" - sides

1 - 1x12* @ 48" - top

1 - 1x4 @ 48" - top back

2 - 1x4 @ ~12" - top sides - CUT TO FIT

2 - 1x4 @ ~ 11-1/4" - footer sides - CUT TO FIT

1 - 1x4 @ 49-1/2" - footer front - CUT TO FIT

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 14" x 48" - back

*The bench built with 1x12s will be pretty narrow.  You can easily make the bench deeper by substituting a wider width board for all the 1x12s, for example a 16" wide project panel.  Just substitute all the boards with the *

 

SHELF

2 - 1x8 @ 46-1/2" - main shelf/back

2 - 1x8 @ 8-1/2" - dividers

2 - 1x8 @ 16-1/2" - sides

1 - 1x2 @ 49-1/2" - top back

1 - 1x8 @ 49-1/2" - top front

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 10" x 48" - back

 

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

BENCH: Since people will be sitting on the bench, I recommend attaching the main boards (the 1x12s) with either 2" self tapping wood screws or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws (drill holes on the 3/4" setting) and glue.

The trim boards (the 1x4s) can be added with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue)

Measure and mark out the dividers and attach.

Step 2

Attach sides to the bottom.

Step 3

1-1/4" nails to attach 1x4 to back of seat.

Step 4

Attach seat to the base with 2" screws or pocket holes.

Step 5

Measure and cut to fit the 1x4 trim boards.

Attach all with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 6

Measure and cut the sides.

Step 7

Repeat for the front footer.

NOTE: If you are having trouble attaching the footer in the center to the bottom 1x12 you can simply add a scrap 1x4 block, flat nailed to the underside of the bottom shelf, flush to the front edge.  You don't need the 1x4 all the way down, just in the center area.

Step 8

Cut back with circular saw.  Save scrap for the shelf back.

Use 3/4" brad nails to attach back.

Step 9

The shelf can be nailed together. Use glue and 1-1/4" brad nails.

Step 10

Nail and glue together.

Step 11

Cut sides off with circular saw at an angle to prevent a sharp corner at eye level.  Attach to the project with nails and glue.

Step 12

Attach top back with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 13

Repeat for the front of the top.

Step 14

Attach back with 3/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Attach hooks to the hook board.

To hang the shelf, locate a stud in the wall and screw through the 1x8 hook board into the stud in the wall.  You can hide the hanging hole with wood filler and paint/stain.

Comments

Erika (not verified)

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 09:05

@Chatty - did you ever find baskets that fit? My husband made this bench/shelf six months ago and I have been trying ever since to find baskets with no luck! I've tried everywhere too and I'm getting ready to make him rebuild the bench with different sizes ;)

deveney (not verified)

Sat, 09/03/2011 - 10:32

ok, so my husband made this for me about a year ago and i have yet to find baskets that fit in the bench. has anyone found any?? i am about to just order the pottery barn bench and baskets, because what good is a bench if no baskets are made for that size?? we followed the original plans, so we have a rectangle shape rather then a square....a barely squeezed the shelf baskets from pottery barn into the shelf that we made. they over hang just a little and are a bit hard to get in and out, but not too bad. any suggestions would be great!

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 09/05/2011 - 16:17

Did you try Ikea? I believe they have some that would work for you! They come in White, Black and Rattan. Hopefully this helps.

Caryn (not verified)

Sat, 10/01/2011 - 15:44

My husband built the bench a month ago and we love love love it. Cost us less than $75 from Home Depot. However, baskets are a problem. I have looked at Target, Michael's and IKEA. Nothing fits, the cubbies are not deep enough. I saw an earlier post for the container store, which we will check out. If we were to do it again, I would have purchased IKEA baskets and then used those measurements to make the cubies for the bench.

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 11/22/2011 - 11:39

I was wondering about the color you painted or stained this system. It looks stained but not sure. What did you use (brand/color) because I want it to look just like yours. I love it! Thanks so much!

kylihoot

Sun, 01/01/2012 - 13:01

What kind of finish did you use on this? Stain or paint? It looks awesome!