I recently did a big re-stock at my shop, Love Grows Wild Market, and built several pieces of furniture to sell. One piece I loved was the mantel I shared here a few weeks ago, and this cute, little bench was a close second. I wanted to make a bench that could also be used for extra storage, and I could definitely see this piece in an entryway to keep shoes neat and tidy or with baskets on the shelf for some hidden storage. It would be perfect at the foot of a bed or even set under a window with a cushion on top for a window seat!
Today I’m sharing the tutorial for how I created this DIY Entryway Bench with Storage, so let’s dive in and get building!
This project was relatively quick and simple to make, and of course you can paint or stain the bench however you like to match your home. It would also be very easy to make the bench longer if you needed the extra length. I started with Ana White’s bench tutorial and modified it a bit to make some of the trim pieces more sturdy. I hope you enjoy the tutorial!
DIY ENTRYWAY BENCH WITH STORAGE
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brad nail gun
Kreg Jig pocket hole system
1 ¼” pocket hole screws
2” brad nails
1 1/4″ brad nails
stain/paint finish of choice
2 – 1×10 cut to 34 1/2” (top + bottom shelf)
2 – 1×10 cut to 17 1/4″ (sides)
4 – 1×3 cut to 17 1/4″ (legs)
4 – 1×3 cut to 31″ (shelf trim)
1 – 1×12 cut to 37″ (top)
Drill three 3/4″ pocket holes in both ends of the two shelf boards.
Then drill pocket holes spaced about 6″ apart along both long sides of the two shelf boards as well. Note: These will be used in Step 5 to attach the shelf trim.
Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the top shelf board to the sides.
Note: The screws should be hidden on the underside of the shelf when the bench is sitting upright.
Then make a pencil mark on both side boards 3″ from the bottom. This is where the bottom shelf gets attached. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the bottom shelf board to the sides. Again, the screws should be hidden under the bottom shelf board.
Attach the legs to the bench using wood glue and 2″ brad nails, keeping the outside edges of the legs and sides flush. The legs help reinforce the sides of the bench, so make sure to add nails in both the sides and where it covers the shelves.
Note: I found this step to be the trickiest, keeping the nails perfectly straight and not poking through the side boards. Just take your time and extra care to line up the nails before putting them in the wood. If you accidentally bust through the sides with the end of the nail, gently hammer the nail back into the wood (or at least flush) and cover the hole with wood filler, then sand smooth.
Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the shelf trim to the shelves on the front and back of the bench using the pocket holes you made in Step 1. Flip the bench upside down to make it easier to attach these pieces. The top edge of the shelf trim should be flush with the top of the shelf.
Attach the top 1×12 board to the top shelf using wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails, leaving a 1/2″ overhang on both ends and 1/4″ overhang on both sides (in other words, center the top board on the bench). Insert the nails through the bottom of the top shelf so the nails will be hidden.
Fill any nail holes with wood filler and once dry, sand smooth. Paint or stain your finished bench as desired and apply a topcoat to protect the finish.
Note: I used a mixture of leftover gray paint samples I had on hand and sealed the piece with my favorite clear matte polyurethane.
Thank you so much for stopping by today to check out this tutorial, and I hope you enjoy re-creating this project in your own home! Remember, you can always find more of my past projects and tutorials in the Project Gallery (found at the top of this page).
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