Quick and Easy DIY Entryway Bench
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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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- (2) 2×4 cut at 3.5 inches
- 2-inch wood screws
- Paint or stain