In DIY Furniture

After I finished the entertainment center, I had scrap wood left over, so I decided to make a bench for our entryway.  Because I already had the wood, stain, and screws left over from my entertainment center, this project was essentially free (or at least it felt like it was free).

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DIY Entryway Bench

I wanted something functional where we could put bags, shoes, etc.  The bench design is so simple, and it could easily be adapted to add more boxes or made with  different material if using 2x12s are not a good option for you.  For example, the bench could be made with 1x12s or with left over plywood (just add a frame made with 1x2s).

DIY Entryway Bench

Supply List:

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System) or you could counter sink everything if you do not have a pocket hole jig

Cut List:

  • 2- 39in
  • 2- 18 in
  • 2- 12 in

Project Plan:

Step 1:  Attach top of bench to sides with pocket hole screws.  Attach on the bottom, so they are not visible.

entryway bench plans


Step 2:  Attach middle supports to bench top using pocket hole screws (or you could  counter sink screws).

entryway bench plans

Step 3:  Attach bench bottom to bench using pocket hole screws to attach to sides and counter sink screws to attach to the middle supports (You could use pocket hole screws, but it would be a tight fit trying to drill them in).

entryway bench plans

Step four (Optional):  Use plugs to cover pocket holes.

Step five:  Sand.

Step six:  Paint or stain (I used Red Mahogany Stain).

DIY Entryway Bench

This project was so easy.  It didn’t take much time at all, and it very sturdy and functional.  We placed the bench in our entryway under the picture ledge I made.

DIY Entryway BenchConsidering what I paid to make the bench (nothing), the picture ledge with hooks (under $15), and the picture frames (they were given to me by a friend who didn’t want them), I couldn’t be happier with my entryway.  Saving money is one of the reasons I believe it is better to build than to buy, and my entryway is a great example that you don’t have to spend a lot money to furnish your home.

DIY Entryway Bench

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