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.


sap12 (not verified)

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 20:17

What is confusing is that the 1x3 is laying down and not standing up. It says to refer to step 3 for directions. The 1x3 should stand up and the 1x6 lays in front on top of the 1x8. (I think anyway! This is the conclusion I came to! lol)

Eliza (not verified)

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 08:40

You mean that it would end up the top shelf is overhanging the 1x8 by almost an inch? It doesn't look that way in the picture...??

Howard (not verified)

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 18:22

Great work! I can't believe you really make it! We are a factory which can make them in a very low price. wall storage cabinet + entryway storage bench= $70.

david w (not verified)

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 10:18

What is best way to attach this to the wall?


Eliza (not verified)

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 08:37

Hi Ana! Love the design! I'm going to be building this next weekend and I'm confused as to how the 1x3 works with the 1x6 work together with the top shelf? In Step 9 it is showing as laying down but I don't know what to do with the 1x6? I am hoping you can clarify, seems others had the same question.

In reply to by Eliza (not verified)

Lady Goats

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 12:23

I would imagine that the 1x6 goes in front of the 1x3. From the main photo, it appears there's a small lip on the top. That would make sense since she has it listed as "top, front"

Eliza (not verified)

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 16:35

Thanks for the reply! I'm just wondering why that would be the way to do it, as opposed to buying a 1 X 12 and cutting 3" of the width, to have one 1 X 9 piece instead of 2 boards on the top?

In the bench, the 1 X 3 makes sense as it serves as the backing of the seat of the bench, as the 1 X 3 sits vertically. This is my first jab at furniture making, so just trying to understand.. :)

KittyinAZ (not verified)

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 09:54

I love these plans and they would work great in the space I want to use them in, but I have 5 people that I would need spaces for --- is this easily expanded? And if so, would there be an easy calculation for adding additional cubbies?

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