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Cubby Bench and Storage Shelf w/ Hooks

May 5, 2011 |
posted by vpihoney
About This Project

This was my first build! I first stumbled upon plans for the cubby bench while Googling storage options =)

I combined plans from the Perfect Cubby Bench and Entryway Storage Shelf with Coat Hooks. I made slight changes to the dimensions; most of them were intentional. Both are only 36" which is perfect for my small space which doubles as the back-door entryway and laundry room. It manages the abundance of clutter created by a two kids and my husband.

I have shopped and shopped for the perfect entryway solution for this small space. Never have I found one until I came across the plans on this website.

Thank you, Ana! You've given me an excuse to start building...I had all the tools...just needed the motivation =) Now I have a ton of plans to get me started!

From a stay-at-home mom only one year into the job, I have discovered a new sense of personal enjoyment! The crafting, cooking, etc. is great and all, but this is my kinda thing!

Estimated Cost: 
$60-70
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
whitewood pine
Finish Used: 
Flint Smoke, Eggshell finish, by Home Depot. I used a primer first.
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I just adore this! Love how

I just adore this! Love how it fits your space, and love how you combined plans!

posted by Ana White | on Thu, 2011-05-12 15:40
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thanks!

Thanks, Ana! You have a wonderful website!


posted by vpihoney | on Thu, 2011-08-25 14:59

Baskets?

You did a fabulous job! It looks awesome!

Where did you find the baskets to go in the bench?

Also, I like your dimensions better for our space...do you have a different cut list?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-10-25 18:56
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Baskets and cut list

Thanks for the kind words! The baskets are from Lowes. My cut list was slightly different than Ana's. I studied her plans first, then figured out what changes needed to be made to shorten to 36in. I remember it being easier than expected. If you want, I can try to get my cut list posted soon. For the cubby bench, I made the basket opening just a little too short to accommodate the baskets from Ana's plans....a mistake, but I found these shorter baskets that were the right width.


posted by vpihoney | on Thu, 2011-10-27 00:08

I love your bench and shelf!

I love your bench and shelf! We are also tight on space in our entry-way and would need to alter the cuts to make it fit. I was wondering if you could tell me how you adjusted the plans. We would need to shorten the plans to 30in. We may have to just do 2 sections instead of 3, but I would like to keep the 3 sections if possible. Any tips you have for altering the plans would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks a lot!!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-02-05 15:02

I love your bench and shelf!

I love your bench and shelf! We are also tight on space in our entry-way and would need to alter the cuts to make it fit. I was wondering if you could tell me how you adjusted the plans. We would need to shorten the plans to 30in. We may have to just do 2 sections instead of 3, but I would like to keep the 3 sections if possible. Any tips you have for altering the plans would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks a lot!!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-02-05 15:04
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Reducing the width to 30"

Hello, and thanks! Here are the cuts that I would change to shorten the overall lengths to 30". Just remember that I used the Perfect Cubby Bench plans and the Storage Shelf with Hooks plan:

Perfect Cubby Bench:
3-1x12 @ 28 1/2" (shelves)
2-1x3 @ 28 1/2" (footer/back)
Optional plywood backing: 30"x21"

Storage Shelf with Hooks:
2-1x8 @ 28 1/2" (bottom shelf & vertical board for hooks)
1-1x8 @ 30" (top, bottom piece)
1-1x3 @ 31" (top, top back piece)
1-1x6 @ 31" (top, top front piece)
Plywood backing: 8"x30"
As you mentioned, you'd probably only need one vertical divider if you're shortening it this much. If you want to keep both, then you'll only have 9" between each divider. I'd recommend printing the plans, then marking up the changes you'd need to make on your printouts while as review it. Enjoy and hope you get it done!


posted by vpihoney | on Sun, 2012-02-05 17:25

How hard would it be to make

How hard would it be to make this a little smaller? I was hoping for something only 18 inches wide.

posted by suziew (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-10-17 07:23
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making it smaller

It's been a while, but I don't think it would be difficult. Just study the plans, and figure out which boards need to be shortened. It's good to visualize putting the project together before you start anyhow. You wont need as much wood, so that's good! Just take into consideration the thickness of your boards (mine were 3/4") in all your measurements.


posted by vpihoney | on Mon, 2012-11-19 20:51

castle loft bed

do you come and help with making the bed or this is just letting people no how to do it themseves just a question cause im not good at making this and measuring is my problem

posted by tiara (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-10-26 00:17
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helping with beds

Hello, Tiara - I don't think anyone will come help, but that would be nice! This site is intended to help you get started and keep you motivated to keep building. At least, that's what it did for me =)


posted by vpihoney | on Mon, 2012-11-19 21:01

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