Mudroom Update - The Bench

I always envisioned having a little bench where to sit to take my shoes off before getting inside the house. Ha, it took me a while to create that plan, but it's finally here! The building process for this bench is surprisingly easy and economical.

With all the cabinets already in place
.. shoe cabinet, cubbies and corner cabinet, it was about time to give this little build a go!

I used 3/4" plywood for the legs and top-base, 1 x 2 pine for the front of the legs and a 1x3 apron.
The bench top was made of poplar I bought a 1 x 10 x 10 board that was cut to size.

Here's the cutting list for this bench:
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1 - 3/4" plywood @ 14" x 42" (bench top base)
1 - 1 x 9 1/4" x 42" poplar (bench top)
1 - 1 x 5 1/2" x 42" mitered along side (bench top)
1 - 1 x 1 1/2" x 42" mitered along side (bench top - front)
3 - 3/4" plywood @ 14" x 16 1/2" height (legs)
3 - 1 x 2 pine @ 14" ( front of legs)
1 - 1 x 3 pine @ 42" (bench apron)

Tools & other materials you'll need:
 Brad Nailer with  1 1/2 brad nails
3 - 2 1/2" screws
3 - 1 1/4" wood screws
wood glue
wood stain of your choice / paint & primer



Given that I had an enclosed area for this bench, both exterior legs were secure first, to the studs on the wall using 2 1/2" screws and then to the cabinet using 1 1/4" wood screws.

Find the center of the bench top base plywood and attach the remaining leg there using 1 1/4" wood screws.

Bring that base/center leg and install it, driving 1 1/2" brad nails from the top to the to the bottom legs on both sides.
Cristina garay using Ryobi nailer


Center the 1 x 2 on the front of the legs and set in place with brad nails. Install the apron above.


For the bench top I used a 1 x 10 x 10' poplar board. Both small front boards were mitered to give it the illusion of a single chunky board.

Before installing it I gave it a coat of Varathane white wash wood stain.
how to build a bench for mudroom

It was secured to the plywood base with 1 1/2" brad nails.
I then, went ahead and added a mini board and batten wall with 1 x 4 pine boards.
installing board and batten

Oh, I used a sawdust and wood glue mix to cover the nail holes and gaps.
how to cover nail holes on stained poplar

I was undecided about adding shiplap here. In the end I gave up and used it to get rid of left over 1/4" ply I've had for years!

The tedious part of this entire mudroom project has been the patching, sanding and painting.
Good thing Kilz primers are always a nice base for a well done paint job.

This is how it looked at the end of the day. 😍

how to build and install a little bench in a mudroom
 Here looking the other way.
how to build a bench for the mudroom

The next part is building and installing the doors and making that empty wall on the right look like a cabinet.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Here are all the projects that were tackled during this mudroom build:

The mudroom plan

DIY - Garage platform

How to frame a mudroom in the garage

How to build an indoor staircase

How to install slate tile

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  1. It is looking so good Cristina, love the mitered detail and natural color of the bench!

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