Entryway Bench and Storage Shelf with Hooks

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 12:23
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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.


Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 09:33

Two ways of securing to the wall would be to hang heavy duty picture hanging hooks on the back and secure the hooks to screws into the studs. Another method is to screw at the bottom of the cubbies, where you will not be able to see, directly into the studs in the wall. Or screw under the hooks where the hook hardware would hide your screws.

Lu (not verified)

Thu, 03/25/2010 - 09:12

I am dying to make this bench, but I'm concerned about the cost, this will be the first thing I have ever tried to build. Is there any way to make the wood more affordable, can I use something other than pine with the same results. I plan on finishing it in a dark cherry.

Kara (not verified)

Mon, 04/26/2010 - 02:50

Hi Ana!

I am a newbie to your site, and finished building my first piece, this bench, this past weekend. It was seriously simple!! I did not post step by step instructions in my blog because there's no way I could've made it any easier or more detailed than you did.

I did make a few minor mistakes, but in looking back through the instructions, I'm not sure where I got off track. My edges for the top of the bench were off by 1/4th inch. No biggie, I just trimmed them down and sanded!

Because I can't figure out how to upload a picture or send you an email (I'm not a morning person, I'll blame it on that), I'm just going to send you a link to my blog for pics. It's here: http://mekhart.blogspot.com/2010/04/bench.html

Thank you so much for posting all these plans. I'm hoping to make the stratton storage daybed this weekend.

To Lu: I bought pine wood at Home Depot for this project for $50. Make sure you're smart with what size pieces (longer ones typically cost less and can just be divided) and it shouldn't cost that much!

Thanks again Ana! You're awesome!

Chatty Chassee (not verified)

Fri, 05/07/2010 - 18:42

I made this shelf and bench and am wondering where you all get your baskets that fit? I am looking for light tan colored baskets and am having a heck of a time trying to find ones that all match and fit! I have tried Michaels, hobby lobby, big lots, target, walmart and even searched online, but I refuse to pay the amount that pottery barn sells them for!

Paul Rosenthal (not verified)

Mon, 05/10/2010 - 18:39

These look great. There are two pieces of the same collection made to fit into a corner. Any ideas on where i could find plans for that?

Rob (not verified)

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 12:39

Hi everyone. The backing of the second photo does not look like it's just plywood. It looks like a number of single boards.

Ana, can you please tell me how to finish is like that?


Lisa (not verified)

Sat, 07/24/2010 - 05:29

I posted about wanting something similar on fb but as one peice and with 5 compartments. How could I do that? add a plywood back and large supports on the sides with smaller center supports? Can this be expanded to say 4.5 or 5 feet? thanks!

Rob (not verified)

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:47

Thanks Ana. Last question, do you know what type of wood was used on the first picture (with the last name Olson)?

Thanks again.

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