Need a good way to hide your shoe clutter? A wood shoe storage bench is a great way to organize your shoe clutter while giving you a place to sit while you put your shoes on! What is even better about this shoe storage bench is that it is very versatile and can be used as an entryway bench, a spa bench, a mudroom bench, or a bedroom bench! It can go anywhere because of its practicality and style. This simple project can be completed in a matter of hours or over a weekend.
to Build a Shoe Storage Bench
- 1 – 1″ x 8″ x 8′ whitewood board
- 2 – 1″ x 12″ x 6′ whitewood board
- 3 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ whitewood board
- Brad nails (1-1/4″)
- Pocket hole screws (1-1/4″)
- Wood glue (use everywhere a join is made)
- Stain (or paint)
- Fine sandpaper (200-240 grit)
- Paintbrush for applying clear coat (and paint if using) and lint-free rags for applying stain
- Clear polycrylic or polyurethane
- Gloves, dust mask and safety goggles are always recommended 🙂
to Build a Shoe Storage Bench
- Skill or table saw
- Tape measure
- Pocket hole jig (I use this ~$40)
- Brad nailer
- Power sander
Note: If you do not have a pocket hole jig, I recommend getting one (and check out this video by Apple Valley Farm when you get stumped on how it works)! This was our first time using the jig and I definitely think that it made the bench more sturdy while also allowing us to hide the hardware. However, you can always use a drill and regular screws or brackets in place of pocket holes for this project.
Shoe Storage Bench Instructions
These instructions are for a 19″ high x 37″ wide x 14.5″ deep bench.
1. Measure out and cut wood.
- Measure and cut the 1″ x 8″ x 8′ whitewood board into 2 – 1″ x 8″ x 37″ pieces.
- Measure and cut one of the 1″ x 12″ x 6′ whitewood boards into 2 – 1″ x 12″ x 33.5″ pieces.
- Sides (legs)
- Measure and cut one of the 1″ x 12″ x 6′ whitewood boards into 2 – 1″ x 12″ x 18″ pieces.
- Side trim (leg trim)
- Measure and cut one of the 1″ x 2″ x 8′ whitewood boards into 4 – 1″ x 2″ x 18″ pieces.
- Shelf/support trim
- Measure (do not cut yet!) two of the 1″ x 2″ x 8′ whitewood boards into 4 – 1″ x 2″ x 32″ pieces.
Note: Leave ~1/8-1/4” of extra room to adjust for the saw blade width. Otherwise, your cuts will be slightly off.
2. Drill pocket holes into the legs of the bench.
First, drill two holes in the upper, inner part of the two 1″ x 12″ x 18″ pieces where they will attach to the top of the bench.
3. Drill pocket holes into the support shelf.
Next, drill four holes into one of the 1″ x 12″ x 33.5″ pieces (the support shelf) where they will attach to the legs.
Then, repeat for the other 1″ x 12″ x 33.5″ piece (shelf) and put that piece aside for now.
4. Attach support shelf to legs.
Now is a good time to turn on your air compressor in preparation for using your nail gun or brad nailer (turn to ~60 psi).
Note: Remember to use wood glue wherever a join is made.
Placing one leg on your work area, attach support shelf.
Next, flip the piece over and attach to the other leg.
Below is a photo of the legs attached to the support shelf.
5. Attach top piece to bench.
Attach the two 1″ x 8″ x 37″ pieces (one at a time) to the support shelf. Our 1″ x 8″ x 8′ piece actually measured 7.25″ wide so the total width of the top piece was 14.5″.
I’ll be honest, we messed up on this part, which is why you won’t repeat our mistake! We ended up attaching the shelf before the top piece so we were unable to use our handy pocket holes to attach the top to the bench. Fortunately, we found out what we should have done, but the photos won’t reflect the instructions.
If you mess up or choose to skip this step, you can just nail the top of the bench on with the brad nailer using several nails and wood glue. It still feels very secure!
6. Attach shelf to shoe storage bench.
Attach the shelf wherever you want, we chose to place it ~10″ from the bottom. Make sure it is level.
7. Attach trim to shoe storage bench.
Next, add the trim to the legs using the brad nailer at ~60 psi and wood glue. Use the four 1″ x 2″ x 18″ pieces.
Then, measure the space where the side trim will go and cut to fit. You should need four 1″ x 2″ x 32″ pieces, but we needed to adjust a little. Add the trim to the sides.
8. Sand the bench.
Usually, I sand everything first. However, since this bench was for shoes, I decided sanding it at this point would be just fine.
9. Stain and add clear coat.
I used a mixture of leftover stains for this – I think it turned out just the way I wanted! Of course, I test a scrap piece of wood first. 1 part Minwax Jacobean, 2 parts Minwax Special Walnut, and 2 parts Minwax Golden Pecan.
When the stain dries, add a polycrylic or polyurethane clear coat.
10. Admire your handiwork!
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