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25 DIY Entryway Bench Plans You Can Build Today (with Pictures)

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We must preface this article by saying how surprised we were with the fantastic assortment of DIY projects that are available. We found examples in a vast array of decors, from minimalist to Bohemian. If you have something particular in mind, you’ll have no problem finding an entryway bench plan that has the look you want.

A common theme we saw in many of these projects was the idea of repurposing other materials. Often, they were completely different pieces that you wouldn’t think of as anything even resembling a bench. This article provides you with 25 entryway bench plans that you can get started on today.

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The 25 DIY Entryway Bench Plans

1. Simple and Sweet Entryway Bench

What’s so cool about this plan is that it’s so easy to make and won’t break the bank when doing it. It also just goes to show that you don’t have to have some elaborate piece of furniture in your entryway. If it’s functional, it works.


2. Pretty Useful Entryway Bench

This entryway bench plan covers all the bases. It does the job but also provides some much-needed storage area to boot. And speaking of footwear, what better place to put them than where you’re going to sit when you put them on again before heading out the door?


3. Storing It Well Entryway Bench

 

We love trunks and chests because they can serve double-duty purposes. This one does it well with a beautiful design that also offers an attractive place to put our stuff. We like this minimalist design that will fit any decor. It’s also versatile. You can get creative with this plan to make it your own.


4. All in One Place Entryway Bench

There’s a lot to be said for having a place to store all your things to make them handy for a quick dash to the store. We liked this plan because it’s also a space saver. It has a small footprint that you can also resize to fit your entryway.


5. To the Point Entryway Bench

We’re all about plans that are simple and easy enough to complete in an afternoon. This entryway bench plan is that and much more. You can have some fun with this one by choosing different types of wood or finishes. We could also see repurposing some other pieces of furniture to give it a vintage look.


6. Simple Sophistication Entryway Bench

There is something quite striking about this build. The triangle-shaped back adds strength and stability while adding a sophisticated look that makes a statement. It’s a bit more work than the simpler benches we’ve considered so far. However, if you’re looking to take your piece to the next level, it’s an excellent place to start.


7. A Different Riff on a Common Theme

Sometimes, it’s just the little touches that make a noticeable difference. The L-shaped shelf of this entryway bench plan fits the bill. We also liked the varying heights that provide enough space for all kinds of footwear, including tall boots. Brilliant!


8. Finishing Touches

Part of what makes this entryway bench plan so neat is the use of the space above and below it. The bench is the height of simplicity. However, the use of storage bins underneath it makes it even more useful. And did we mention the wall hooks for outerwear above it?


9. Making It Complete Entryway Bench

If you are short on room yet want everything in one space, this plan is for you. You can keep footwear and coats together with a handy place to get dressed to go outside again. It’s an attractive design that belies how functional it is.


10. Repurposing to the Next Level

It starts with a simple bookshelf and becomes a padded entryway bench with storage compartments like magic. While it sounds like a challenging project, it’s not as involved as you may think. After all, the store-bought shelving unit provides most of the framework. All it needs are some finishing touches.


11. Making It Comfortable

Sure, an entryway bench is a useful piece of furniture that serves a much-needed purpose. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a comfortable place to sit while taking off your shoes or waiting for someone to get ready. Of course, the sky is the limit when choosing the amount of cushioning you want and the fabric to cover it.


12. A French Touch

This entryway bench began as two dining room chairs. Connecting them with a padded slat turns them into a pretty bench that has all the looks of a fancy and expensive piece. You can quickly put this one together for under $100 in a single afternoon. Now that’s an excellent use of time and money!


13. Becoming Useful

Your local antique shop is a treasure trove of DIY entryway bench ideas. This one is no exception. We liked that it takes something that you may not think of as useful, such as these crates. Then, it turns it into something eye-catching with a coat of paint and a frame to bring it all together.


14. Side by Side

We’ve looked at making a French-style bench by joining facing chairs. Another variation is to put them side by side for one with backs if you need something freestanding. Again, your local thrift shop can supply the materials. You just need the creativity to make it happen.


15. Retro-Fitting It

We can see this entryway bench in a home with a mid-century modern or minimalist design. It will fit right in well. It’s the type of project that will have your friends asking you where you bought it. The upholstered top is an excellent addition that adds to the beauty of this piece.


16. Customizing It

Maybe this design is a bit out there for some. However, if you have a Bohemian-style home, this one might be right up your alley. We liked that it takes something practical and makes it a piece of furniture. The cushioned back and the matching pillows are clever additions that hide its functional purpose.


17. Making It Beautiful

 

We wouldn’t think of an entryway bench as a work of art. Nevertheless, this one caught our eyes with its gorgeous mosaic top. Just because it’s practical doesn’t mean that it can’t be attractive. This bench is exhibit A in that case.


18. Country Living

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include at least one pallet project. This one proves how useful these materials are for creating pieces such as this full-sized entryway bench. The grain and texture of the wood make it an excellent choice in a country-style or rustic home.


19. Making It Vintage

If you have a rustic or shabby chic decor in your home, we’ve found your ideal entryway bench with this plan. It starts with an old wooden door with lots of character. Then, you add a simple bench and some coat hooks, and voilà! Your entryway is complete with a fun, retro design.


20. Heading Forward

This entryway bench plan is one of the more interesting ones we found. Who would think of using a headboard as the basis for this piece? We sure didn’t until we saw it in the wild. What’s great about repurposing this item is that they often bring elaborate woodwork baked into our project.


21. Upgrading It

Here’s a thought. Take a used bench and give it a welcome upgrade with a new leather top. What was old and discarded becomes a gorgeous piece of furniture that makes an excellent first impression on visitors.


22. Benching It

If you’re handy, you can start from scratch using 2x4s and make a bench worthy of this space in your home. We liked this design because it’s a classic. It’s not a challenging project, either. It’s an excellent option if you want to use a more expensive wood without paying a high price tag for a ready-made piece.


23. Close Quarters

We’ve talked a lot about repurposing other pieces to make a DIY entryway bench. However, we didn’t think of applying this same logic to a closet. Of course, it all depends on whether you can give up the space. However, we liked that it made the entryway a cozy room.


24. Remodeling the Remodel

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, don’t let those old cabinets go to waste. Make an attractive entryway bench instead. The best thing about this project is that storage is at the forefront. You can get the most out of this space with extra room for gloves and footwear to get the most out of it.


25. From Dresser to Cozy Nook

It’s hard to know where to start with this clever DIY project. You start with an old dresser. You can easily find one at a garage sale or vintage shop. Then, remove a layer of drawers and fashion a bench from the rest. Keeping a set of drawers on the bottom is an excellent way to add some storage space because you can never have enough.

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Final Thoughts

It almost seems silly to spend money on an entryway bench from a furniture store when you can make so many attractive pieces yourself. The best part is that you can easily repurpose other items and create something unique for your home. Many of the projects we’ve detailed are simple, even if you don’t have a lot of experience with woodworking. All it takes is imagination.

You might also be interested in: How to Build a Bench from an Old Tailgate: 4 Plans


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