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.



Tue, 02/11/2014 - 00:22

this might be a dumb question but how are the pieces of wood staying together are they glued or nailed like how is assembled I guess is what im trying to ask because she doesn't say where to nail or how too. I'm a city girl i know nothing about building except maybe molecules in my lab lol... thankyou so much if you respond...

Abbey (not verified)

Sun, 01/20/2013 - 07:05

Are the plans for the shelf portion available someonewhere? I can't find them.


Sat, 09/28/2013 - 05:42

The finished dimensions say this bench is 14 inches depth. How do you get that measurement with a 1 x 4 and a 1x12 ?

Brittany Olson

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 08:01

This is great! I've been looking for a piece of furniture like this for my dining room and our last name is also Olson so I thought it was totally meant to be for me to build this one when I saw that! lol. I sent this to my dad. :)


Fri, 07/25/2014 - 06:18

My youngest's daughters room has that rustic feel to it and this bench would be a perfect addition for her stuffed animals and some loose toys. (Also as she gets older she could sit and get ready or watch TV on it)

I have looked at furniture stores, and other sites trying to find the perfect shelves for her and well I should have known to come here first.
(The bed was built from here, tables from here, doll furniture from here)

Now my issue is converting the plans and measurements to be able to use pallets. (The planks are 1x12x36). Using these saves me so much money. They are oak (from what I can tell) and don't split on me when I use screws which for her is usually the best. (The nailer is great and holds but I like the extra protection I get with screws for my rough little girl)

My first thought is to make it shorter and just make the cubbies smaller. (No problem there. But I would really like to keep it true to size. So if I can get some ideas I would love it.

Thank you So much


Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:54

For some reason, I can't see the whole list of plans (it stops at step 9 for the shelf). Does anyone have the full list? I want to do this for my wife when she is away this weekend.

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