I walk you through building a simple modern entryway bench step-by-step.
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.
Watch the video below for the full how-to and grab the free plans / cut list PDF here.
DIY modern Entryway Bench
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.
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).
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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what you’ll Need
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.
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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