Folding bench seat

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Old 06-02-06, 12:44 PM
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Cool Folding bench seat

In our house there is a narrow hallway and closet that is just off the back door. Its a great convienent place for us to kick our shoes off as we come in the house.

However, because the hallway is so narrow, about 2 1/2' wide, we cannot put a bench in there to sit on and put your shoes back on.

I was thinking of building a folding bench seat that attaches to the wall so it can be used when needed but yet folded out of the way otherwise. However, I cannot think of what to use to attach it to the wall that would be strong enough to support a couple hundred pounds of weight, folds up, and yet looks attractive.

Has anyone out there built something like this or have any good ideas? Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 06-03-06, 10:45 AM
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I'm sure you can figure out the design you want, so I won't go there. At the height of the bench, place a 1x2 cleat the length of the bench, so the bench will rest on it when it is down. At each stud, install a 2x2 hinge on top so it can lift upward. Now as for legs, you will probably need a board that runs the entire length of the bench and (of course) the height of the bench, attached to the front about 3" inward with a piano hinge on the back side. This way when you lift the bench up, the leg falls flat against the wall as well. A wooden twist latch on top will hold the unit flat against the wall when not in use. It will protrude 1 1/2" into the room when closed.
 
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