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!)

Mudroom Bench shelf set

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.


Shanker (not verified)

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 10:51

I really want to make this bench. But Im really new to building and its 14in to long.

can I cut it down in size or will I mess everything up?


chelsea (not verified)

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 08:11

christmas tree shop has a large selection of sizes, and if they do not have the color you want you could paint them.

Melissa (not verified)

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 16:06

Hi Ana!

Thanks again for your plans/ideas! Do u have the depth and height of the shelf? You mentioned the width was 49". Any other shelves than "floating" straight shelves on your site? I am looking for something in my mudroom that is informal... Thanks!

Ana White (not verified)

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 16:54

Melissa, the depth of the base should be right at 12 1/4". If you find this too shallow, you can simply build the base from 1x16s or 1x24s (3/4" plywood ripped to 15 1/2" widths or 23 1/2" widths). The width is right at 49 1/2". The shelf is 8 1/2" deep. I loved this system so much, ended up gifting it to a friend because in Alaska, there were so many coats stacked on it, you couldn't find it . . . and then missing it terribly!

I am working on a super easy shelf tutorial. Expect plans very very soon . . . the paint is drying!

Entryway Stora… (not verified)

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 03:00

[...] Build an Entryway Bench/Shelf System — Ana White So I built this and it was in my house for forever. And I loved it. The only problem was in the winter, there were so many coats piled on it . so I gave it to one. [...]

Vikki (not verified)

Fri, 10/29/2010 - 17:13

Hi Anna I love your site but have not yet been brave enough to tackle any larger projects. I have finally worked up the nerve to build this bench/shelf for my entry way but I have a smaller space than 49'', would it be possible to give me the list for a 45" space? I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks for all your help and great ideas!


Paula Davis (not verified)

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 12:10

All these plans are awesome!! Thanks for sharing your gift with others! I love this entryway bench/shelf system, but by the back door of my home (of course the most frequently used entrance, but "miles" away from the coat closet) there is no room for a bench, however a small corner seat would fit. As I was searching for examples I came across the "Nantucket Corner Storage Bench" sold by Hayneedle (http://www.hayneedleshopping.com/indoor-benches/cubbie-benches/nantucke…). Not only is it around $100, but it is also sold out! I would just, love, love, love to create this corner bench seat to match your shelf system. Please consider designing one, not only would I love it but so would my family! Thanks again for sharing your talent!

Laura (not verified)

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 08:03

I love this bench. I have always wanted to build things but have not had the courage. I want the same bench and shelf\hooks with 5 cubbies and hooks. Anyway you can help me change the cut list and plans?

Tiffany (not verified)

Mon, 12/20/2010 - 08:41

Love, love, LOVE this bench! I want to combine the plans with the coffee table/storage bench with the hinged seat so that there is a tad bit more storage. I think I can figure it out with the help of my handy and loving husband, however, do you have any advice on doing that? I'm thinking of just raising it the few inches on the top. Would that be too high?

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