DIY Entryway Bench - Engineer Mommy
May 262016
 

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One space in my home that needs a little love is our entryway! We certainly don’t have a nice big entryway in our current house, but we do have a cute little space to keep some essentials. I looked for a bench at a bunch of different stores, but couldn’t find one that I loved that was in the budget! So I decided I would try to make my own! I’ve always wanted to try to build some furniture. Although I’ve done plenty of crafts over the years and I’m very comfortable with an electric drill, I really don’t have a lot of experience with woodworking or building furniture. Nonetheless, I’m so thrilled with how this little guy turned out! Not bad at all for my first attempt at furniture building!!

DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench

Luckily, I found this super helpful tutorial online that totally guided me along the way. I followed it almost exactly, but I did make a few changes. Instead of a 2×4 for the legs, I used a 2×2. And instead of a 2×12 for the top, I used a 2×10. The overall process, though, is the same!

Here’s what you’ll need:
* 2×2 (92 inches long)
* 2×10 (4 feet long)
* 2.5″ screws
* miter box
* jigsaw
* gray wood stain
* white paint

For each leg, I needed 4 pieces of wood: two horizontal pieces and two vertical pieces. But they need to be cut at angles. They join together to form a A-frame. Set your miter saw to 10 degrees and then cut a piece of wood about 15.75″ long. Do this 4 times (two pieces per leg). The smaller horizontal piece measures about 3.5″, while the longer horizontal piece measures 8.5″. Here is my pile of wood with all the pieces cut to size.

DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench


Now, I have a confession to make. My miter box didn’t have a setting for 10 degrees, but that didn’t stop me. I whipped out my trusty ol’ compass and marked the proper angle with a pencil. Then, I used my jigsaw to do the actual cutting. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked! This is how it’s all supposed to fit together. It’s okay if the joints don’t look perfect- it won’t be too noticeable in the final product! 😉
DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench


Next, drive two screws into each joint to stabilize the A-frame. Use wood filled to hide the screw holes and fill in any gaps around the joints.
DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench


Finally, paint the legs white! Meanwhile, make sure you sand down the lumber that will serve as the top of the bench. Here is what mine looked like in its original form.
DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench


Here is a close-up of the lumber after it was topped with the gray stain.
DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench


I love the look of this gray stain. It shows the wood grain but gives it a beautiful, subtle color! To put the bench together, simply drive four screws through the legs right into the underside of the bench top. Done!
DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench


I’m really so impressed with how this came out! It totally complements the look I’m going for in my entryway!
DIY Entryway Bench

DIY Entryway Bench


If you enjoyed this post, check out these other DIY projects I had fun making and tell me: Would you make your own bench for your home? Have you ever made furniture?
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6 Responses to “DIY Entryway Bench”

  1. Great job! It looks amazing! So glad you enjoyed my tutorial…love how you improved on it! 😉

  2. I have been wanting a bench for my entry way or porch. This a great way to save money by making your own. Pinned for later.

    • EngineerMommy

      Thanks for pinning this, Charlene! This has been a great project and I really love how this bench came out.

  3. I was wondering if you put any support to keep the bench from shifting side to side? I need a small bench like this under my front window for my cats to sit on and watch the world go by.

    • EngineerMommy

      Hi Anita! Thanks for your comment. No, I didn’t add any extra support but the bench is pretty secure. If you want to reinforce it a bit more, you can definitely add a board that goes across the legs.

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