Easy DIY Entry Bench

2 Materials
3 Hours

This bench is the last piece I needed to complete our side entrance and I designed it myself! Pretty proud, it was extremely easy and very basic but it’s the first bench I designed and actually built it.

I have been working on our side entrance for a few months and it has come so far! This is what it looked like before.

Then I painted the top of the wall Amherst Gray by Sherwin Williams and added board and batten on the wall behind the door.

Once these items were done I decided to move a few things around. I moved the kids zone to behind the door so I am not looking at a mess coming down the hall and moved the small dresser to where the kids stuff was. That gives us a little more room when the door is open. But it also gives us a pile of shoes as well as our STIHL batteries that we use all the time no where to charge.

That’s when I decided to create a narrow bench with a bottom shelf to put a basket for the batteries as well as shoes.


  • 2 – 2x6x8 
  • 4 – 2x4x8
  • Kreg Jig
  • Miter Saw
  • 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • Drill
  • Stain


  • 2×4 – 4@18″ Legs 4@7″ 4@48″
  • 2×6 – 2@55″

Using pocket holes attach 2 of the 48″ 2x4s to top of each end of the outside frame. Flush to the sides as well as the top.

Then attach the bottom 49″ boards to the bottom of the frame. Flush with the other 7″ board but I went in 1″ on each side so the two boards are inset from the front of the legs.

The placing the two 55″ 2×6’s on top with 1″ on each side. Attach the boards using screws from underneath.

After everything was together I sanded stained it using Provincial by Minwax.

I love how this whole space has come together. I just hope it stays that way!

Be sure to share with me if you decide to make this bench!

Suggested materials:
  • Wood   (Home Depot)
  • Screws   (home depot)
Tara Boettger
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  • Pam Galicki Pam Galicki on Oct 16, 2021

    Really nice! How long has it been this way, and has it stayed nice?

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  • Ella Ella on Oct 15, 2022

    You made lemonade out of lemons for sure, such a nice change !

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Oct 15, 2022

    I love the double decker coat hooks! I also love the molding work that defines the entryway! It's working so well because you've established a psychological boundary for shoes and coats. Clever and customized!