Quick and Easy DIY Entryway Bench

7 Materials
2 Hours

Because of the layout of our living room, it’s kind of unavoidable to have the couch where it is. It really does look good and fit well in every way except for the weird entryway area it creates. Luckily for us, we recently had a free day and hadn’t done a project in a while so whipped up this quick and easy entryway bench.

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Make your cuts

All of the angles are 10-degree cuts which makes it easy – you’ll just put your 2×4 on the saw with the 3.5-inch side flat and then tilt your miter saw to 10 degrees. (It’s the one where the saw itself turns on its side a little, rather than the one that spins it left or right).

Cut the 10 degree cuts on the shorter 8.5 and 3.5-inch pieces away from each other, so that the smaller tapered part of the cut is on the top of each piece.

On those bigger 15.75-inch pieces, it’ll be the opposite so the angle cuts are in the same direction. 

Assemble your legs

Lay down the long 15.75-inch pieces side by side on the ground (with the longer 3.5-inch side upright) and put the little 3.5 inch piece between them at the top (with the smaller tapered end of the 3.5-inch piece at the top) and fit the 8.5-inch piece between the legs at the bottom (the same way, with the tapered angle upwards).

Screw everything together

Flip the whole thing upside down and drill a pocket hole going from the 8.5-inch piece into the 15.75-inch piece on each end of each set of legs. You could also just drill a screw from the longer 15.75-inch piece into the 8.5-inch piece, but this makes the finish look a little cleaner.

Next, we drilled some screws into the top 3.5-inch pieces, but these were a little too small for pocket holes, so we just straight up screwed them into the sides through the outside leg pieces.

Paint or stain, or connect to the seat

We didn’t want to connect them then paint and stain them and risk it being messy, so it was much easier this way.

If you’re doing it all one color, you can connect the legs to the seat part first then paint or stain it all at once – up to you. To connect the legs to the base of your entryway bench, just flip the seat part upside down and measure six inches in from each end. This is where your legs are going to go.

Seal and you’re done

Give it all a good coat of polycrylic to seal it (and make it easier to clean) and you’re done! You’ve probably only invested a couple of hours at this point and now have some furniture that looks like it took wayyy longer.

You can read more about this project here.

Suggested materials:
  • 2×10 cut at 48-inches (this will be the top seat part)
  • (4) 2×4 cut at 15 ¾ inch
  • (2) 2×4 cut at 8.5 inches
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  • Terri Terri on Jan 07, 2021

    I love your project but what I really love is that your room is configured exactly as mine and I love your couch...want to sell???  Or at least let me know where I can purchase...lol!

    • Emma @ Shoe Makes New Emma @ Shoe Makes New on Feb 05, 2021

      Ha thank you! We love this couch (especially with two black dogs who get hair everywhere!) I think it was originally from Wayfair a few years ago :)

  • Elizabeth Fernandez Elizabeth Fernandez on Jan 07, 2021

    Great solution to enhancing the plain look of the back of your sofa. Well done!