Entryway Bench and Storage Shelf with Hooks

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Simple entryway organizer bench and shelf with hooks set - Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

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Big solution for a small space!  This entryway shelf and bench combo is a favorite because it stores so much, looks beautiful, and is an easy build!  

All 1x material - so no ripping plywood.  And no Kreg Jig required (although you can use yours if you have one!)

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Free plans follow.  Please share a photo via brag post if you build.  

Thanks so much, Ana


NOTE: This plan has been updated.  If you need the old version of this plan, it is available here.

Entryway bench and shelf plans
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

Shopping List for the Bench

1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long - cut the 46-1/2" and 48" pieces from this

1 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long

2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long


Shelf Shopping List

1 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long - cut the two 46-1/2" pieces from this

1 - 1x8 @ 10 feet long

1 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long


Backs for both shelf and bench

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 48" x 24"


3 Double Hooks

Common Materials
2 inch screws
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List


1 - 1x12* @ 46-1/2" - bottom

2 - 1x12* @ 13-1/4" - dividers

2 - 1x12* @ 17-1/4" - sides

1 - 1x12* @ 48" - top

1 - 1x4 @ 48" - top back

2 - 1x4 @ ~12" - top sides - CUT TO FIT

2 - 1x4 @ ~ 11-1/4" - footer sides - CUT TO FIT

1 - 1x4 @ 49-1/2" - footer front - CUT TO FIT

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 14" x 48" - back

*The bench built with 1x12s will be pretty narrow.  You can easily make the bench deeper by substituting a wider width board for all the 1x12s, for example a 16" wide project panel.  Just substitute all the boards with the *



2 - 1x8 @ 46-1/2" - main shelf/back

2 - 1x8 @ 8-1/2" - dividers

2 - 1x8 @ 16-1/2" - sides

1 - 1x2 @ 49-1/2" - top back

1 - 1x8 @ 49-1/2" - top front

1 - 1/4" plywood @ 10" x 48" - back


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

BENCH: Since people will be sitting on the bench, I recommend attaching the main boards (the 1x12s) with either 2" self tapping wood screws or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws (drill holes on the 3/4" setting) and glue.

The trim boards (the 1x4s) can be added with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue)

Measure and mark out the dividers and attach.

Step 2

Attach sides to the bottom.

Step 3

1-1/4" nails to attach 1x4 to back of seat.

Step 4

Attach seat to the base with 2" screws or pocket holes.

Step 5

Measure and cut to fit the 1x4 trim boards.

Attach all with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 6

Measure and cut the sides.

Step 7

Repeat for the front footer.

NOTE: If you are having trouble attaching the footer in the center to the bottom 1x12 you can simply add a scrap 1x4 block, flat nailed to the underside of the bottom shelf, flush to the front edge.  You don't need the 1x4 all the way down, just in the center area.

Step 8

Cut back with circular saw.  Save scrap for the shelf back.

Use 3/4" brad nails to attach back.

Step 9

The shelf can be nailed together. Use glue and 1-1/4" brad nails.

Step 10

Nail and glue together.

Step 11

Cut sides off with circular saw at an angle to prevent a sharp corner at eye level.  Attach to the project with nails and glue.

Step 12

Attach top back with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 13

Repeat for the front of the top.

Step 14

Attach back with 3/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Attach hooks to the hook board.

To hang the shelf, locate a stud in the wall and screw through the 1x8 hook board into the stud in the wall.  You can hide the hanging hole with wood filler and paint/stain.


Anonymous (not verified)

Thu, 02/18/2010 - 06:33

This is fantastic we need a bench and shelf/coat rack for our front hallway. I am going to be daring and try to build this without my husband.
I see you have a cut list for both but do you have a buy list?
It may be a silly question, sorry new to the whole built it myself:)

the michalski's (not verified)

Thu, 02/18/2010 - 17:56

ana, i have another question. what kind of hardware did you use to assemble the bench? screws, nails, wood glue? thanks so much for the tips, i am trying to convince the husband i can do this by myself!!

Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 02/18/2010 - 18:49

Hi, I used wood glue and finish nails, 2" long. The piece has been in my entry way for several years, and we have hand no structural problems. You could also predrill and screw if you do not have a pnematic nailer. I will try to get to a materials list at some point.

Wade & Nikese (not verified)

Sun, 02/28/2010 - 06:43

LOVE the site! Bought the wood yesterday to build the bench. A few comments to fellow builders. Karen is right, the online instructions call for 1x12 boards but when you print them it lists 2x12 boards; I bought 1x12's. Also the wood for the project cost me $95.63 before tax from Lowe's so fellow builders have an idea on the cost. Great thing about Lowe's is that you can purchase the wood online and it will be ready for pickup within 30 minutes! This was my wood purchase list: 1-1x4x6, 2-1x12x8, 1-1x4x8, 1-1x12x4, and one piece of plywood (didn't know what type so bought the best looking for the cheapest price; cost $10.47). All pine boards as Ana has indicated. Hope this helps someone else out!

Ana White (not verified)

Sun, 02/28/2010 - 07:53

Hi all not sure where the 2x12 comes in (did fix a typo earlier) but this bench and shelf is made of only 1x boards. Thanks for catching this, Ana

Jo (not verified)

Mon, 03/01/2010 - 07:29

HI Ana,

My husband and I made this yesterday!!! Will share pics soon but I have a question, how did you notch out that curved part of the shelf?


Ana White (not verified)

Mon, 03/01/2010 - 08:23

I use a jigsaw to cut out the arches in the bottom bench and the shelf sides. Just get a round object or a protractor and trace out your desired pattern and cut. I like to cut one, then use the scrap as a pattern to cut the other.

Danielle (not verified)

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 19:25

Hey Ana! I love your blog and plan on building a bunch of different things when I finally move in a few months.

I want to build a window seat/bench and I was thinking I could use this plan if I alter it enough. I'm not sure on the width off the top of my head, but it's 6-7 feet long.

Do you have any advice on altering this to work as a window seat?

This is the space I'm hoping to use it in.


Chatty Chassee (not verified)

Sun, 03/14/2010 - 09:46

I know that I need to hang the shelf from studs on the wall,but is there directions or an easy way where to drill the holes in the shelf to hang it? I looked at previous readers pictures and did not physically see any screw holes, but wanted to know where I should put them. Thanks & I just love your blog!

Kathy (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 03:46

I printed the instructions for this bench a couple of weeks ago and told my husband that I wanted one for our entry, which we are in the process of redoing. He never made any comment about it then, but when I got home from work last night, there it was, sitting in the entry with a vase of daffodils sitting on it! Now I just have to decide what color to paint it, get it painted and send you a picture! It is perfect!
Gotta print off some more instructions . . .

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