Perfect Cubby Bench

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Perfect Cubby Bench

A perfect cubby bench, featuring three cubbies sized to fit standard fabric drawers.


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!

Shopping List: 

2 – 1×12 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
Scrap 1/4″ plywood for the back (optional)
2″ screws or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
1 1/4″ brad or finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
paint and primer
3 Fabric Drawers (make sure yours fit!)

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
Cut List: 

2 – 1×12 @ 21″ (Sides)
3 – 1×12 @ 34 1/2″ (Shelves)
2 – 1×3 @ 34 1/2″ (Footer/Back)
2 – 1×12 @ 11″ (Cubby Dividers)
2 – 1×12 @ 2 3/4″ (Top Cubby Dividers)
1/4″ plywood or other backing @ 36″ x 21″ (Back, optional)

Step 1: 


Start by rounding off the top corners of the sides with a jigsaw. Clamp the two cut edges together and sand as one to get the same curve. Then mark then sides for the placement of the shelves. Predrill holes and attach the shelves to the sides with 2″ screws and glue or pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2 Instructions: 


Attach the front and back as shown in the diagram. For the bottom piece, make sure you also attach from the top into the top edge of the footer.

Step 3 Instructions: 


Attach the back with 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue. If you have some smaller nails on hand, attach to the top. Otherwise, glue and clamp in place. Don’t worry, we’ll be adding more shelves to help with attaching the back better. The back is also optional.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Cubby Dividers

This should be pretty easy – just mark, place your cubby dividers in place, and predrill holes. Screw down.

Step 5 Instructions: 


Attach the remaining shelf as you did the other two shelves

Step 6 Instructions: 

Top Dividers

Now this step isn’t so much as tricky, but will require some trust in glue. Measure out the placement of the final dividers and apply glue. Slide the dividers in place. Screw the dividers down through the seat and with 2″ screws. Let dry. They won’t budge. Not when the dividers are that s

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I would love to have one of these in my entry way with a bin for each child's hats, gloves, shoes, etc. And, I would love one in my homeschool room as a reading seat with a bin for each child's books.

I love this plan! I may have to make it a little longer and add a fourth cubby since we're adding baby #4 in a few months, but it's fantastic to have the two separate shelves there. I love having cubbies for things like hats and mittens!

I would love to build this. I don't see a form to enter though, it says "This Giveaway has closed. Be sure to check back for more project fund giveaways!"

How long was this open? I went to bed, and the post wasn't up. I wake up it is and it is closed. I would love this bench. I have 3 boys and it would give them each a place to stow their things in my livingroom with their stuff out of sight of Dh.

Same here, no form.

It is a perfect cubby for the 3 of us though. finally a place to corral all the hats and mitts. The little shelf is perfect for papers belonging to each person.

I love this! My Mom is looking for a storage bench (2 actually) and I think this would be the perfect project for us to build together! I know she will become as addicted as I am!

I love this bench, and have needed something like this for quite a while - a place to sit down and take off the boots and store the snowgear! I hope I'm not too late for the giveaway!

I LOVE this...this would be perfect in our laundry room, which is where all of our shoes are stored because it's the door we come in. It's right up my alley with the storage bins - cute design. Thanks for the opportunity!

It looks like the form isn't working. It says that the Giveaway is over. :(

I would love to make this. I have not made anything to this point and I have been looking for something similar for our playroom. My kids need lots of storage to keep me from going crazy and I thought a bench seat would be great to go under our windows!

I would love to use this bench in our bedroom. Currently my husband has to sit on the toilet to put on his shoes. The additional storage would be great during this cold spell we're having. I could put my scarves, gloves,etc. In the bins.
This would be our first build.

This looks like THE perfect bench for our newly(over the Summer, new to hubby still :( yipes) plastered hallway. We need a storage place and a seat for our two little ones when leaving the house.

Would love to try this!

This would be absolutely perfect for our entryway. My sons always fighting over the stairs for when i need to put their shoes on and this would be perfect, granted I'll probably have to make it longer to fit all three boys on there with room for them so there's no fighting. Ana, you're so amazing at what you do. Envious of your talent!

I'd love to make this, too! It would be really helpful with SO many hats, mittens, and scarves! I'm getting the same message as Niki though: “This Giveaway has closed. Be sure to check back for more project fund giveaways!” :( GREAT bench tutorial, though! I LOVE your site! :)

This would be a first build! I have 3 daughters, so the 3 cubby bench would be perfect for storing their to and from school stuff. I am currently using my Lane cedar chest as a bench in our little "laundry hallway" between the garage and kitchen, but this would be so much more functional.

i wish I had a picture of my entry. You would understand why this bench makes my heart litter patter. I have three kids so I think the three drawers are perfect!

I have been stalking your website, looking for different storage ideas for all of this winter stuff we have acquired. This would be perfect in our mud room and would provide a cubby for each of my children.


I've been following for a bit and I think this is the project with which I'm going to start my maiden voyage. This would definitely help with some basic toy management (if that exists) in our living room. Love it!

Surely Alaska isn't a whole day ahead of the rest of us?
I would love to make this cubby/ bench for my entrance (which is a stair landing; talk about NO SPACE).

I really want to enter! It says the giveaway is closed, but should be open another day. I really want to enter!! This is THE PERFECT BENCH for my new mudroom area! (We just built a new addition on our house!)

I would like to enter the giveaway, but it says it is already closed. It says it doesn't close until Thursday night 1.13.11, but today is Wednesday 1.12.11 and it is already closed. What should I do?

I love the project fund idea! This one seems to have closed, but I look forward to getting an opportunity to do a build for this site in the future... question, though: will Canadians be able to take part?

I'm a bit confused at why the giveaway closed so fast - the post says it's open until 1/13, but the form states it's closed.

So I guess I can't enter it - but I can't wait for the plans for this one. This is exactly what I've been looking for to put in my basement!

Well I'm going to still enter since it says Thursday 1/13 as the cutoff.

I've been searching your plans for the perfect bench for inside my kitchen where all shoes and coats and scarves and mittens seemed to be dropped on the floor. This is exactly what I've been looking for!

I would love to make this to go at the end of my Farmhouse bed. I really want a hope chest/blanket box, but now that I think about it, my grandmother's quilts would look lovely stacked in these cubbies, and I could sit on top to put shoes on in the mornings. Win, Win.

I would love to enter the contest, but like everyone else, it says it's closed.

Yes, I want this bench!! We're building our house and I need a bench like this for our mudroom. Hope I'm in the drawing! I'm so glad I found your site-- I think our new house is going to be furnished with the Ana White line :o) I'll send pics.

This bench is exactly what I've been looking for to use in my entryway to hold my kids' backpacks, shoes, etc...I love it!!!

OMGoodness! This is perfect for our home! We've been looking at several of your other bench plans to make for the cluttered, catch-all spot by the backdoor, but this one is PERFECT for the spot we have and for the need. Thanks so much for posting these plans!!!! (and will be stalking this post to see if the contest reopens! :) )

My husband and I are purchasing our first home and we have the EXACT same problem as you, walking right into the living space. I even mentioned to him that we should build your locker system to really create an entryway! Regardless of whether we do the locker or not, we WILL have a bench under the window next to the front door. It's almost serendipitous that you would be holding this giveaway right now! We would love to make this bench for you!

Just in case the contest isn't over, I would love to retro-fit my entry way closet with horribly ugly bifold doors, to fit this bench and maybe a shelf above it!

i really need this bench.. or perhaps 2 or 3 of them.. i need something in my bathroom for storage as well as a place in the entry way for all the 'extra' stuff... but the form appears to be on a different day than i am as it says the giveaway is closed.

Shoot....earlier I couldn't get the entry form to work right... when I hit the space button ...all my letters were back to back. Now it's closed and I was so wanting a chance to win. Boo-hoo!

Love love love this giveaway idea and that bench. I'll add it to my to do list and hopefully get in on the next giveaway! Thanks Ana! You're the best!

Love the bench. I'm a total sucker for benches and who doesn't love help being more organized. Thanks for all the great ideas. Missed the giveaway though-bummer.

Just thought I would leave a comment anyways. This would go perfectly at the foot of my son's bed. We are in a 1,000sq ft place with only two tiny closets for storage, with four of us. We don't even have a pantry... but we are going to make something from your site to use as one!!! Thank you Ana for all the amazing plans, they inspire us! We appreciate all the time you put into this site!

I would LOVE to have this in my entry. We have such a huge issue with kid accessories (hats, gloves, shoes, etc) being thrown all over the floor in our entry that this would be the perfect thing to help contain it! I'd LOVE to make one (it'd probably be black - ohhh that would look HOT) to help contain the mess!!

I would love to make this bench for my mudroom. We are about to bring home our 3rd dog, and I would use the cubbies to store plastic boxes for dog and puppy chow. Thanks for all that you do Ana!

My DH just built the laundry room laundry sorter using your plans. It is fan-tas-tic! And...I asked him to build a bench for the laundry room now--for under the window. And...this bench would be perfect. Please enter us to win!

I can't leave a comment--so I hope this works. I hope it does not enter more than once. We just built the laundry sorter and could use this bench in the laundry room for under the window. Thanks :O)

I have been looking at your site for a few months now picking things out that I would like to learn to do. This bench would be a perfect first project to get me started!

Love this Giveaway idea! Great way to get people interacting and of course, who doesn't love to win stuff!!! :-) Keep up the great work Ana!!!

Love this idea! Sadly, I don't have room for this bench in my house but I can't wait for the next "giveaway"!
I'm currently looking at your dining table and possibly hutch plans for my dining room. We are in desperate need of a new set!
Can't wait to see how this giveaway turns out :)

I have the PERFECT place in my master bedroom for this bench. I have been looking for a bench to go against a bare wall (under my bridal portrait) since my husband and I got married in July and moved into our house!! SO cute! :)

I'll let someone that could really use this build this one, but I LOVE the idea of getting gift cards to buy supplies to build future plans. I'll definitely keep my eye open for plans I want.

Oh man, this bench really is perfect! With a 2-year old and another baby on the way, storage in my house is quickly becoming quite limited. What a great chance to win some building supplies!

Thanks for your website!!! I drool over your brilliant plans almost every day. But I live in Utah and my garage is unheated. I am shivering in my basement as I write this, and can't imagine working in 20 degrees or worse in the garage. Wondering if you can recommend a space heater. Or should I wait for spring?

SusieB -- I live in Utah, too! In South Jordan. This is probably going to sound horrible and make lots of people cringe, but I honestly just push my kitchen table out of the way and build away. I figure I can sweep well enough to get the saw dust cleaned up. And for actually cutting the wood, I just do it in the garage, then book it inside. Good luck!

I love this design! What if you were to make it taller with another row of cubbies (6 total) and make it into a changing table for a nursery? That would be very simple and functional at the same time!

This would be perfect for my entryway so my husband can sit down and take his shoes off instead of tracking dirt into the living room where he sits down to take his shoes off. I have marked SO many of your plans to build. I bet if it was free I could talk the hubby into helping!
Thanks Ana!

I have a problem with leaving my shoes next to the front door, because I can't tolerate shoes on for any longer than 4 steps into my house. This bench would make such a great disguise for my terribly habit.

If you can shop at The Home Depot, we'd be happy for you to enter! It's so hard to make these things fair with different countries and such, but I am trying very hard to not exclude anyone. Hope you enter!

I would love to make this project! It would fill the empty spot and eliminate the hockey bags my girls drop there till I tell them to move them!


Thanks for the tip. I've thought of moving my "workshop" into the family room just for the winter. Didn't know if the family would freak out, though. (They do love their big screen, probably more than me.) Do you have a kreg jig? If yes, what do you think of it?