Mudroom Locker Hutches - How to Build in Any Size

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I built my own custom mudroom cabinetry in a custom size, for thousands less then buying it.  Mudroom cabinetry is actually pretty easy to build, and with this tutorial, you'll be able to get just the right size.

I also built the mudroom bench - the bench tutorial is here.





Why Build Your Own Mudroom Cabinetry?

You want to get the most function out of your mudroom for the space you've been given.  But don't just settle for hooks on the wall - there's so much more your mudroom could be doing for you!

  • Custom cabinetry sized exactly for your space gives a tailored, finished appearance
  • Dividers help organize, and separate different user's gear
  • Lockers create a "frame" around gear, to keep the space looking less cluttered
  • Mudroom cabinetry adds value to your home
  • This is a forever solution - build it once and use it forever

Watch!  How to Build these Mudroom Lockers

I made a quick video of the mudroom locker build process - please take a moment to watch it before building.

What about the Mudroom Bench Under the Hutch?

The mudroom bench is an essential part of the mudroom!  I LOVE the open bottom benches, so you get the most clearance under the bench for tall boots and reaching under, and also it is easy to clean the existing floor - no muddy or wet boots placed on shelves. It's also worth noting, you can easily slide (or kick) shoes under the open bench with no shelves.

mudroom bench options

I love the open bottom bench so much, I actually did two different version of the bench (with free plans of course) for you to build -

How is the Mudroom Bench Holding Up After a Few Years?

It's been a few years since I built this project, and I still love it, still feel a sense of pride that I made that when I see it, and still get tons of compliments from everyone that sees it!  It is a fantastic project, it's a must make!

Free Plans to Build Your Own Mudroom Lockers


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Mudroom Locker Hutches - How to Build in Any Size


Shopping List
  • 1x12s or 3/4" plywood* ripped into 11-1/4" wide strips
  • 1x2 trim pieces
  • 1x6 and 1x3 bay support pieces
  • 1-1/4" pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4" brad nails
  • wood glue
  • wood filler
  • medium grit sanding block and/or sand paper
  • paint or stain in desired color

*If using plywood, you will also need 3/4" edge banding and an iron and edge banding trimming tool

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Designing Your Mudroom Cabinetry Hutches

Take measurements of your space, and determine widths and heights. 

HEIGHT: Remember that the bench underneath will be about 18" tall. If possible, build the bench first. Also consider that the top of the hutches can be used for storage, so you don't have to go all the way to the ceiling.

WIDTH: Determine desired number of lockers, keeping locker widths less than about 36" to avoid sagging shelves.  I don't recommend smaller than 12" per locker width, as it will become hard to reach inside and hang things.

DEPTH: The depth should be about 12" - you can use a 1x12 or plywood ripped to 11-1/4" wide.

SHELVES: Shelf heights are all up to you and your needs - you could add a tower of shelves for accessories, or keep it open with hooks, or any combination.


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Cutting the Carcass

You can use 1x12 boards, make sure they are straight and with minimal knots, finger jointed 1x12s (I find at Lowes) that are pre primed are a great option.  You can also rip 3/4" hardwood plywood into 11-1/4" widths and apply edge banding to the front edges of any shelves (this is what I did). You don't need edge banding on most of the project, as it will be trimmed in 1x2s (see step 3).

Once you have the boards, cross cut with a miter saw to the dimensions given in the plans you downloaded from my configurator.

Assembling the Carcass

I recommend assembling with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  Three screws per joint is recommended.  Mark out all the pocket holes, drill, and attach.   Keep all edges flush on the front.

TIP: On upper shelves, you may wish to place the pocket holes on the top, facing down, so they are hidden above the line of sight.

Depending on your project size, you may wish to build in sections, and then place on the bench for final assembly.  Note that there is still bay supports to add, so don't finalize placement yet.

Step 2

Adding Bay Supports

Inside the lockers, you'll need to add "bay supports" to keep the lockers square, and also to give you somewhere to install hooks.  The bay supports are cut to the same length as the shelves in the bay.  Attach with pocket holes on the back side.

Once the bay supports are in, install the entire hutch on top of the bench and attach to the wall behind into studs, through the bay supports. I used 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws.  You don't want this project tipping forward.

Step 3

Top Trim

Trim will make the project look finished and beautiful.  It also serves as a "frame" to create margins around gear, helping make the finished mudroom appear less cluttered.

For top trim, I used 1x2s.  You can buy 1x boards in long lengths.  

Measure and cut with miter saw.  Attach with glue and 1-1/4" brad nails.

Step 4

Face Frame Trim

I like the face frame on the lockers to give the project a finished appearance, make it more durable, and it's easy to do.

Measure and cut each 1x2 and attach it to the front edges of the lockers with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
I filled all exposed holes with wood filler and let dry.
Then I sanded the entire mudroom cabinetry with 120 grit sandpaper, sanding in the direction of the wood grain.
Then I removed all sanding residue with a vacuum with a soft bristled brush. I also wiped down with a lint free cloth to remove all remaining sanding residue.
I taped the outside of the project for paint.
Finish Used
For paint, I used a semigloss paint suitable for both walls and trim - i painted the wall behind the project as well as the project.
I applied two coats, using a brush and roll method, with a cabinet roller.