How to Make a Mudroom Bench

What You'll Need
Desired Wood and Trim
Finishing Nails
Wood Adhesive
Stud Finder
Shelf Brackets

Making a mudroom bench will give you a much needed place to stop, sit, and remove muddy boots and wet clothes. Boots and shoes can be placed under or in the bench for storage, and wet coats and hats can be hung to dry. A bench will not only give you an opportunity to take these articles off, but can also give the room a rustic charm. It gives the room a nostalgic touch, while providing functionality and decor. Before making your bench, you may want to consider using weathered materials, weathered woods, hammered tin and old fashioned nails to give the bench an old fashion appeal. Clean lines and white paint will be country chic. Here you will find the information needed to create such a bench.

Step 1 - Build the Box

Start by building the box for your bench. This can be as basic or elaborate as your skills and desired outcome allow for. The box can be equipped with pull-out bins or simply a lid that lifts for storage. The important thing is that it is solid, and that the angles and lines are straight and square.

Step 2 - Install Box Lid

Secure a 2x4 along the top edge of the back of the box, flush with the top of the box, to provide support and an anchoring place for the box lid. Secure the board into the studs with 3 1/2 inch screws. Attach the hinges to both the box lid, on the underside and along the back edge with screws, then attach the other side of the hinge to the 2x4. Make sure that the lid lies plumb and level with the box, and adjust hinges if necessary.

Step 3 - Install Lid Trim

Run a small bead of adhesive along the trim for the box lid (if needed or desired) and secure it to the lid. Secure further with finishing nails, making sure to drive the nails slightly below the surface of the trim.

Step 4 - Install Backboard

If desired, secure back board, such as bead board paneling, to the wall above the bench box. Apply dollops of adhesive to the back of the board and press against the wall. Secure further with more finishing nails.

Step 5 - Add Trim

At the bottom of the back board, hide the edges of the back board with trim. This can be simple quarter bead trim or more elaborate molding, or a combination of the two. Corners can be mitered to give it extra polish.

Step 5 - Install Shelf and Hardware

Again, if desired, install a shelf above the backing panel. Secure the shelf supports to studs in the wall, or if studs are not available, make sure to use anchors. Place the shelf on top of the brackets and secure the shelf to the brackets using screws. Paint the bench, if desired.

This is a project that can be customized to your own decor and style tastes very easily with the use of your own selection of materials..