Mudroom Bench with Easy Drawers

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 18:45
Difficulty
Intermediate
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The easiest way to build a mudroom bench with drawers.  Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

Maximize the functionality and storage in your mudroom with a new mudroom bench with drawers.  This easy to build drawer bench will add a ton of very accessible storage and provide a comfortable bench in your mudroom.  The free plans are below.

Nothing like falling snow to motivate you to tackle your mudroom organization system.

Especially when it looks like this. 

Especially when it's below zero and there's a few inches of snow on the ground.

Especially if you've got a down coat problem.  And two kids in ice hockey. And you live in Alaska.

I love drawers for any storage below the knee - otherwise, I end up on my hands and knees digging stuff out.  And since the space allows for a deep bench and I especially don't want to be on my hands and knees digging something out two feet back, drawers are a must build for our space.

But drawers can be a little bit of a pain - and alot of wasted material.  So we did something a little different this time.  

We built these two frames out of 2x4s.  Just chop up 2x4s with a chop saw and screw them together.  

Then we screwed/nailed plywood to the sides.  

Then we installed some drawer slides inside the 2x4 frames.

Then we built drawer boxes out of 1x10s and added the other part (drawer member) of the slide to the drawer.

Drawer goes in the slide ... Top goes on the top ...

Instead of building a drawer face, we just built these frames ...

And nailed them to the front of the drawer box. 

Two coats of paint (with a fine sanding in between) and we built this!

There's lots of ways to build a bench with drawers, but this is how I'm doing it for now on.  This was the fastest easiest method I've ever done.

If you want to see us build this bench, we did a video on it as well -

And if you are ready to build, the free plans are below.

Please share if you build, it makes our day (and helps other diyers out too) when you share your projects!

 

UPDATE: We built a hutch for over the drawer bench.  

The plans for the mudroom hutch cabinet are here.

 

 

 

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

1 -sheet of 3/4" plywood cabinet grade, 48" x 96" - ripped into two strips, 96" x 23-7/8"

5 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

3 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long

48" x 48" sheet of 1/4" plywood (for drawer bottoms)

12 feet of 1x2 boards

6 feet of 1x4 board

2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

3 - full extension side mount drawer slides

3 knobs or handles

3" screws (about 40)

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

FRAMES

4 - 2x4 @ 70-1/2"

8 - 2x4 @ 14-1/4"

 

SIDES/TOP

2 - 3/4" plywood @ 23-7/8" x 17-1/4"

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 23-7/8" x 72"

 

DRAWERS - CUT TO FIT!!!

6 - 1x10 @ 23-7/8"

6 - 1x10 @ 19"

3 - 1/4" plywood @ 23-7/8" x 20-1/2"

 

FACE FRAME

1 - 1x2 @ 72"

1 - 1x4 @ 72"

4 - 1x2 @ 13"

 

DOOR FACE FRAMES

6 - 1x3 @ approx 12-3/4"

4 - 1x3 @ approx 17" - end drawers

2 - 1x3 @ approx 16-1/4" - middle drawer

Cutting Instructions

For the 3/4" plywood - first rip the plywood into two pieces, 96" long x 23-7/8" wide.  Then cross cut to get the pieces in the cut list.

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

Instructions

Step 1

Cut the 2x4 pieces with a compound miter saw.  Build the two frames so they match exactly - this is important for the drawers to slide straight.  I used 3" self tapping screws.  You can also use a Kreg Jig with the 1-1/2" material setting and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Attach the plywood to the ends.  I used screws (2" length) but you can also use nails and glue.  

Step 3

Read the instructions with your drawer slides and build drawers to fit your slides and opening.  The measurements show are for standard 1/2" clearance drawer slides with 3/4" thick 1x10s.  

If using a Kreg Jig to build the drawer box, place pocket holes on the inside of the front of the drawer. You can still place on the outside on the back.  I used a Kreg Jig set for 3/4" thick material and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

I used a stapler with 3/4" narrow crown staples to attach the bottom with glue. You can also use a brad nailer with 3/4" brad nails and glue.

 

Step 4

Place 2x4 scraps inside the bench as shown.  Place the cabinet member of the drawer slide on top of the 2x4 and attach to the inside of the cabinet.  

Step 5

Step 6

Test the fit of the drawer in the bench.  Adjust if necessary until drawer slides smoothly.

Step 7

Attach top to the bench with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.  You can also use screws or staples - they will just be harder to hide.

Step 8

Build the face frame first using a Kreg Jig set on the 3/4" setting with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  Attach the completed face frame to the front of the project with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue. 

Step 9

Build the drawer face frames and attach to the drawer boxes with an even 1/8" gap on all sides with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

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