Frameless Mudroom Bench with Shelf Help

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 08/11/2022 - 16:06
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Build a custom mudroom bench!  This bench features a simple, basic design that is easy to clean under and lots of room for boots, shoes, or baskets and bins.  Customize with hutch or wall organization.

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Frameless Mudroom Bench with Shelf Help
mudroom before and after

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Frameless Mudroom Bench with Shelf Help

If the mudroom is the first thing you see when you walk in the door, why not make it beautiful and functional?

For a remote cabin, we had a awkward wall behind the front door with some bent hooks and leftover cabinets.

before mudroom

With about a $200 investment, using the existing cabinets, this is what it looks like now:

diy mudroom for cabin

diy mudroom

diy mudroom bench

The bench was the game changer.  It was the structure that was needed to make this wall into a mudroom.

Why We Love this Open Bottom Bench

  • Easy to build design
  • Customizeable in size and color for a perfect fit - even 14 feet long as shown!
  • Accessible bottom is easy to clean
  • Largest possible opening for taller boots, or baskets and bins
  • Pairs well with other cabinets, organizers, under windows or other architectural features

How this Bench is Built

This bench is super easy to build!  I was able to build it myself, in a 14 foot length.  Here's the video tutorial:

Free Plans for Frameless Open Bottom Mudroom Bench

Dimensions
open bottom mudroom bench
customizeable dimensions

Preparation

Shopping List
  • Plywood panels, 17-1/4" tall x desired depth (15-1/4" as shown) - Shelf Help Configurator Tool
  • 1x3 or 1x4 boards for bay supports
  • 1x boards in overall length of bench for bench top
  • 1-1/4" pocket hole screws (about 20-30 per bay)
Cut List
  • 3/4" plywood @ 17-1/4" tall x desired bench depth, front edge finished 
  • 3 - 1x3 or 1x4 @ bay width (per bay)
  • 1x boards in overall length for bench top

Tools
Tape Measure
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

PLAN YOUR BENCH - First, measure the space and determine:

  • Overall length (keep in mind 1x boards for the top are hard to source over 16 feet long).  The bench shown in this photo is 14 feet long.
  • Depth - choose 15-1/4", 20-1/4" or 23-1/4" depths.  Note that the top may overhang on the front, increasing the overall bench depth
  • Height - Should be 18" with a finished top.  Finished top is usually 3/4" thick.

Design your bench using the free Shelf Help Configurator Tool using your measurements.

If not ordering from Shelf Help, cut plywood pieces and finish front edges with edge banding.

Step 2

Cut 1x3 or 1x4 bay supports, three per bay.

Drill 1-1/4" pocket holes as shown in the diagram. TIP: Slightly offset pocket holes to one side to avoid intersecting screws when assembling.

Assemble the bench with the bay supports.

Step 3

TOP

Figure the boards needed for the top.  TIP: Cut boards 1" long, and then trim entire bench top after completion for square finished ends.

Join boards together edge to edge with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Sand top in direction of wood grain.  

Attach bench top to base.  Be careful to not overdrive screws into floor if assembling in a finished room.

Attach entire bench to studs in wall.