Entryway Bench and Storage Shelf with Hooks

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 12:23
| Print this plan

Simple entryway organizer bench and shelf with hooks set - Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

Entryway shelf ana white diy plans
entryway bench simple diy

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.



Sun, 11/30/2014 - 16:55

The wall mount piece won't go flush against the wall what type of hanger did everone use. I used two D-Ring picture hangers. The wall is perfectly flat. I either am not completely flat on the back of the piece or the hangers are making it kick out.

Any advice would be helpful. I made this for a friend and Im trying to fix it.


Fri, 01/16/2015 - 05:18

Does anyone know how to make this bench but with hinged doors? This would be my first piece, but I really want to use it to store shoes and I'd like to hide them with doors. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:45

The rest of the steps for the top shelf unit are missing. I can't figure out how to create the top. Is it just a larger board attached to the top of the completed cubby section? The cut list is listing a "top bottom" "top back" and "top front". Help? :-)


Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:57

Someone please answer this. I'm very confused. The sides are 1 inch by 12 inch, top shelf 1x12x48, bottom shelf 1x12 x49 1/2. This makes NO SENSE! Please help! I'm afraid I might cut the wrong size board if I can't figure this out. I'm DYING to know the answer to this mystery! The top shelf sits on top of the 1 inch sides and the dividers. The bottom shelf is placed NEXT to the sides. This would be 48 1/2 inches total across the bottom shelf so this is not equal to the top. The top shelf appears to be flush without any parts sticking out. So mind boggling lol! I actually read every single comment on here hoping I could find a comment regarding this but nope, no luck. Please explain why these measurements are different.

Lady Goats

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 21:34

Oh, this gets completely, completely confusing. Boards are actually not the dimensions they're called. I know, right? DUMB! Long story short, 1" lumber is nearly always actually 3/4". Here's a cheat sheet to show you some dimensions (a 1x2 is actually 3/4 x 1 1/2, a 2x4 is actually 1 1/2 x 3 1/2). Hopefully it helps you figure out that the dimensions are actually correct (as confusing as it is!). http://mistupid.com/homeimpr/lumber.htm


Sat, 08/29/2015 - 07:28

When boards are referred to as 1" thick, they are really only 3/4" thick.  We refer to this as 1" nominal size but 3/4" actual size.  Here, the bottom shelf is cut at 46.5".  To the left of it is one of the 1x12 boards.  But this board is really just 3/4" thick.  To the right of the bottom shelf is a second of the 1x12 boards, so another 3/4" thick.  This means that the total width of the bottom is 46.5" + 0.75" + 0.75", which equals 48.0".

Free Plans Made Possible By Our Sponsors