How To Make a Basic Bench a Secret Storage Weapon For Your Entryway

How To Make a Basic Bench a Secret Storage Weapon For Your Entryway

Dabney Frake
Aug 16, 2016
(Image credit: VT Wonen)

Envision for a moment that your entryway is the gatekeeper Zuul, minion of Gozer the Destructor, who is intent on bringing ruin and damage into the rest of your home. (In this questionable Ghostbusters analogy, that's all the mail, grocery bags, shoes, and other gear of your comings and goings.) Left unchecked, Zuul will let the evil in, and your overall home's survival is dependent on a heroic ability to stem the glut of clutter and prevent it from invading your main living space. A good hardworking entryway bench is the ultimate proton pack, crossing the three streams of style, seating and storage to keep your space clear of chaos and mess.

Shown above, VT Wonen placed false fronts and handles on basic bins to upgrade the look on these entryway bench, and add storage.

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

A Beautiful Mess made this super basic bench a several years ago, but also refreshed it with a colorful throw. The wire crates are a storage staple for an entryway.

(Image credit: Mamie Boude)

This stylish DIY bench with comes from Mamie Boude, who added a macramé cargo net underneath for bonus storage. Although the tutorial is in French, the Google translation is pretty good, and the photos give you a good idea on how to make it.

(Image credit: Hajottamolla)

These simple unfinished benches from Hajottamolla fit perfectly in the long narrow entry and seriously amp up the hidden storage. They are made of very affordable plywood.

(Image credit: Urban Outfitters)

This hefty rustic bench is so easy to make with the right reclaimed wood and, by adding the bottom layer Urban Outfitters, made it multi-purpose. They pciture it at the foot of a bed, but it would work really well in an entryway too.

(Image credit: Cherished Bliss)

Cherished Bliss designed this bench with specific metal bins in mind, and this unit is very efficient storage as a result.

(Image credit: Karwei)

This storage bench is simply made, but packs a punch when it's part of a whole entryway system. Karwei even added a hole for keeping umbrellas!

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