This bench is a shoe bench on the front ... and hides a compartment in the back for boots or storage! This creates a generous bench seat, but shallow shoe storage (so shoes don't get lost in the back), and lots of hidden (but accessible) storage in the back.
Step by step plans with video tutorial from Ana-White.com
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- 22 feet of 1x12 boards
- 2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
- 17-1/4" x 72" back (1/4" plywood or similar)
- 1 - 1x12 @ 72" (bench top)
- 2 - 1x12 @ 16-1/2" (bench sides)
- 1 - 1x12 @ 70-1/2" (bench bottom)
- 2 - 1x12 @ 13-1/4" (dividers)
- 2 - 1x12 @ 21" (shelves)
- 2 - 1x3 @ 70-1/2" (bottom supports)
- 1/4" plywood for back is 17-1/4" x 72"
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!
After cutting all the boards, we built this bench by first attaching the legs to the top shelf and the bottom shelf. These are the main structural joints, so we used 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Since we knew this bench would be covered on both sides by walls, we placed the pocket holes on the outsides of the sides.
For the dividers, we just nailed and glued those in place with 1-1/4" nails.
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.
Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:45
Extra Wide Shoe Bench
I noticed the receptacle inside the boot storage area. This would work well for plugging in the smaller type boot dryers! My husband's work boots would be out-of-sight but still able to dry overnight!
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 22:12
That's a cool idea, also I thought of running that plug up and putting in another outlet at the top in a cubby for phone chargers and such. You could hid all the tablets and phones in a cubby.
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 22:09
Wood for shoe area
I was wondering what type of 1x12 you suggest for the shoe area? Is your shoe wood the same as the top? Did you use pine? I am concerned about the white paint always looking dirty and holding up well to scuffs and dings. Any suggestions?
Sat, 12/30/2017 - 07:04
I was also curious what type of wood did you use for each step?
Sat, 01/27/2018 - 07:31
attach to wall
I wanted to build a mudroom on the wall in our entry way. How would I attach this to the wall? There won't be side walls like you have pictured.
Tue, 05/07/2019 - 09:42
What software do you use for your furniture designs?
In reply to Design Software by sop4582
Tue, 05/07/2019 - 15:24
I use sketchup
I use sketchup
Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:25
Thanks for the quick reply. …
Thanks for the quick reply. I've just started with SketchUp, and am trying to teach myself to use it. Did you use any tutorials to help you learn the program or did you just play around with it until you became proficient? By the way, I love your site and have used your plans to make several pieces for friends and myself. Thanks for sharing!
Sat, 06/06/2020 - 21:19
Hi ana, it would be helpful…
Hi ana, it would be helpful if you can draw the way it's screwed, such as places for the pocket hole.
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:44
Hi Ana, Any chance you…
Any chance you could provide a shopping/cut list for the hidden storage in the back?
Melissa H. Jones
Wed, 04/07/2021 - 08:28
a great opportunity
a great opportunity