Mimi's Entryway Storage Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 02/03/2019 - 10:55
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Free easy plans to build an entryway storage bench featuring lift top compartment. Step by step plans include shopping list, cut list, diagrams, and instructions.

Add the narrow hall tree hutch on top to create a full entryway storage solution.

entryway storage bench

Hi everyone and happy Friday!!!

 
This last week, I've had the head cold that so many of us are dealing with. Annoying for sure!   May have something to do with going from 80 degrees to -54 degrees in a few hours?  
 
I am so thankful for each and every contributor who has helped me this week, making sure we keep delivering more plans. I truly wish I could post plans for every single request you send our way, and am committed to taking on as many as possible.
 
Today, I have a special treat for you.  Mimi, from Blue Roof Cabin, DIYed this amazing hall tree for charity.
 
 
Yep, that's DIY!  
 
And she's been kind enough today to also give us an opportunity to build our own, to use in our own homes, or to build for charity ourselves.
 
 
Really pretty, eh?  If you love this, I highly recommend stopping over and visiting Mimi at the Blue Roof Cabin for lots more DIY projects.  Very inspiring!
 
 
 
 
Dimensions
entryway storage bench plans
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long
  • 1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 1/4" plywood scraps or 1/2 sheet - If you are building the hall tree, consider using beadboard
  • 1 - 4 1/4" base moulding 7 feet long
  • 1 - 1x12 @ 28 3/4" long
  • 1 - set narrow profile hinges
Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

FRONT/BACK PANELS

  • 2 - 1x4 @ 27"
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 27"
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 17 3/4"
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 7"
  • 2 - 1/4" plywood @ 32" x 17 3/4"

SIDE PANELS

  • 4 - 1x3 @ 17 3/4"
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 7 1/2"
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 7 1/2"
  • 2 - 1/4" plywood @ 12 1/2" x 17 3/4"

TOP

  • 2 - 1x4 @ 15"
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 29"
  • 1 - 1x12 @ 28 3/4"
  • Optional moulding cut to fit at base
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

You will need to build two - one for front and one for back.

Step 2

Also build two sides.

Step 3

Then attach all four panels to make a box. You can drill pocket holes to attach with pocket hole screws as well.

NOTE: you may wish to attach plywood pieces (next step) before assembly - especially if you are using small scrap pieces.

Step 4

Plywood the insides with 1/4" plywood or beadboard and attach with glue and nails.

Step 5

Step 6

I really like the added moulding. I recommend cutting to fit, mitering corners with a miter saw.

Step 7

You can attach hinges by setting on top (easiest method) or in the joint.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Comments

Pasi Haverinen (not verified)

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 02:44

Hi,

I must admit that your site has given me lots of inspirations lately regarding in the process of creating wooden storage bench among other things.

Thank you very much for your detailed and inspiring site...it provides in-depth knowlege about the phases of contracting usable hand-made pieces of furniture. in-down-to-earth manner.

EMarshall.MA

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 21:45

I've drawn these plans to scale on SketchUp but I'm having trouble figuring out how to adjust the lid. I've extended this to become seating/storage for my tiny kitchen/"breakfast nook"...and I need it to hold some, oh, 250-300 lbs if possible. I've made mine to be 53"x20". Can you please help?Thanks I advance. :-)

JoanneS

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 07:12

Hi EMarshall.MA,

In Ana’s plan, her top is 7 ¼” shorter than the overall finished length, and 3 ¾” narrower than the overall finished width.

If we apply that to your top which is 53” x 20”, yours would come out to 45 ¾” x 16 ¼”

I would recommend waiting to cut this piece till after you have attached the top frame in Step 5, and re-measure your opening just to make sure. It would be ¼” overall shorter and ¼” overall narrower than your opening.

To make the bench sturdier for seating, a center upright of 3/4" plywood inside the bench would help strengthen it. I would recommend to add this after step 4. Your sides are 5” wider than the original plan, so I’d use the side measurement of 12 ½” + 5”, and then subtract ½” to account for the 1/4" plywood added in step 4, which would give you 17” as the width, and using 17 ¼” as the height (same height as the plan). Measure after you assemble step 4, just to make sure the 17” will fit. Using pocket holes, you can attach it from the inside to the upright front frame (top, middle & bottom), and the back frame (top & bottom).

Hope this helps? Happy building! :)
Joanne

kongk

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 04:22

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