Jennifer, here is a video on how to build your own "Mud Bench." We have one in our new house and love it! We walk in from the garage and the bench is right there ready for coats, hats, shoes and whatever "junk" we have in hand!
Hi! I swear by Ana White's plans!
Consider having a look at Ana Whites site. She has building plans for so many home and outdoor for items. Here’s a link for a bench, but consider looking around at other options if it’s not exactly what you were thinking about, or need an easier option. The coat rack could be a matching board with hooks