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Make this gorgeous DIY Entryway Bench for under $12

I walk you through building a simple modern entryway bench step-by-step.

Watch the video below for the full how-to and grab the free plans / cut list PDF here.

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Entryway benches are a must have. They create a perfect space to act as a springboard for coming or going — with a place to slip on shoes before you leave or rest your bag as you come in.

An entryway bench is a place to pause – whether for you as you’re getting ready to go out or settling back in after coming home – or for guests as they to begin to get comfortable as they arrive.

It can be hard to find a bench that fits your entryway perfectly.

Whether you have a narrow space, and odd-shaped entry, or it’s just overly small, in many cases its far easier to DIY a bench that is custom for your space.

This bench design is super simple and an easy project to tackle in about an hour (+ time to let dry).

DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench

Instructions

  1. Check out the video for the full tutorial

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Make it!

Bench Dimensions:

36 in. (3ft) long X 16 in. deep X 17½ in. tall

My entry is pretty small, so I chose to build a bench to fit my shorter wall. That wall is 42″ so a 36″ bench makes the perfect size to still be able to have decor elements next to it.

If you need a longer bench, these plans are SUPER easy to customize to better fit your space, just swap the two 2″x8″x36″ with 2″x8″x___” boards to make the bench as long as you need it for your entry.

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How to style your Entryway Bench

Decor elements give your bench personality and help create a warm welcome for guests and some functionality for you as you leave and return home.

Some people like to load up their bench with all sorts of decor, but I like to keep it simple, elegant, and a little practical — especially for a bench like this one that is pretty small.

My must-haves for styling a bench are a couple pillows to add texture or color — they also help make the bench more comfortable.

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I also like a basket or bin underneath for storage — ours is mostly filled with our favorite shoes for easy access, but you can also store your entry essentials like a pop-up umbrella, flashlight, etc.

Some optional elements include a vase with fresh or faux greenery. My bench wasn’t really long enough for this, but if you have a longer bench its a great way to add life and balance to the other end.

I also display a pair of boots under my bench — not only for easy access, but also because some pairs of shoes are just too adorable to be hidden away.

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NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

I'm Cara, the designer & Chief Creative Enthusiast behind Never Skip Brunch. I'm a color & prints obsessed DIY queen who's here to help you create a beautifully lived-in life through home design advice and chic DIY tutorials

Comments

  1. Thanks for the article. I did have a question though I think you could answer. What is the best type of sander for sanding a deck? I was using an orbital sander but it’s not really cutting it. Thanks for the post, and I look forward to seeing your reply. 🙂

    • Orbital sanders usually work pretty well — the only issue being that it will take a lot of time to get everything sanded. If it’s not working, you probably need a coarser (lower numbered) grit of sandpaper. You can also rent orbital floor sanders from stores like home depot which are larger and can help the job go much faster.

      Hope that helps!
      Cara

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