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.


Guest (not verified)

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 13:56

what kind of wood did you use when you made this? have you tried different kinds and find one works better for this project? (: lovvvveee this bench!!


Sun, 02/05/2012 - 12:15

Hey Ana, I am new to your site and just love, love, love it! My husband and I want to build this bench and shelf, but we need to down size it to fit our small space. I was wondering how you would adjust your cut list to 30in. instead 48in. I would like to keep the 3 sections, but if we may have to just have 2 sections to make it work. Any help with adjusting the size would be greatly appreciated!

Manda (not verified)

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 11:29

Hi! I just bought all my wood for this project over the weekend, and I've noticed there's a 1x6 on the shopping list and cut list for the shelf... but I can't find it on the plan anywhere. Am I blind or is it not listed in the steps?


Jaymee Jackson (not verified)

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 14:30

It goes behind the 1x3 on top of the shelf. It took me a while to figure it out as well.

sgilly02 (not verified)

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 20:23

Why do you need baskets? You've all made this beautiful project, so I know you could easily whip together some wooden crates - probably from scraps - that would fit perfectly in your space and look fantastic, too! These made by Robohead are especially nice, http://ana-white.com/2012/02/vintage-workshop-storage-bench. But even some simple ones like this, made to fit your opening, would be functional and sturdy: http://ana-white.com/2010/09/vintage-crate-carts.html

Frankandcathy (not verified)

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 21:04

Is it just me or should these angled lid piece cuts be made before attaching? I'm trying to figure out which tool you'd use to make them since there's no saw listed here. The rest looks pretty simply. Can anyone help me out on making those cuts?


Jodster52 (not verified)

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 07:34

This was my first attempt at making any sort of furniture so I tried this project. The instructions were easy to follow and the shopping list was a great help. Thank you for the instructions and drawings.


Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:53

When I download the PDF and even the printer-friendly version, the instructions stop at Step 9 with the shelf. I am really wanting to build this shelf, but the instructions just look like they are missing some. Can someone please help?

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