Saturday, April 1, 2017

DIY Locker & Bench Units

A DIY locker and bench unit for my friend's mudroom area.

diy locket and bench mudroom unit

My friend has four young kids who need designated, individual spaces to store their coats, shoes and all kinds of stuff kids collect.

And she lives in a very old house built way before 'mudrooms' were invented.

We drew up plans and I constructed what is now her new mudroom space just inside the door:

diy locket and bench mudroom unit with basket storage


diy mudroom storage unit with pull out bins

diy wood bins for storage

This transformation went from 6 hooks on the wall in the BEFORE picture

TO

 15 hooks inside 5 lockers, 5 large shoe baskets and 10 cubby shelves 

which all takes up just about the same amount of floor space.

mudroom space before and after

Each locker has lots of hooks for backpacks, coats, umbrellas, sports gear, etc:

mudroom locker hooks

And these bottom baskets go WAY back, 22" deep, so there's plenty of room for multiple pairs of shoes and boots:

diy mudroom bench with basket storage

I drew up the plans by modifying a few of Ana White's plans to meet our size requirements.

(Update 10/2015 I finally made plans for this build here!)

diy locker style mudroom free plans


Ana White small locker cabinet


Ana White Mimi's hall tree hutch

Ana White easy three cube bench

Ultimately my plans looked like this:

diy mudroom cubbies sketch

The locker portion is 81"w x 68"h x 14"d and the bench is 80"w x 18"h x 24"d

Here's how I made the locker and bench units:

1. Construct bench box and add dividers:

building a mudroom bench

2. Add face frame with 1x2s and back footer is a 1x4:

building a mudroom bench with basket cubbies

3. Prime and paint three coats Benjamin Moore high gloss white enamel:

painting a mudroom bench

4. Construct locker unit using 1x4s for shelf and base cross supports:

building a mudroom locker unit

5. Prime and paint same as bench:

painting a mudroom locker unit

6. Prime and paint backing prior to attaching.
Secure lockers to bench with mending plates in back and L brackets in front sides.
Add hardware.

diy mudroom locker and bench unit

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53 comments:

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    1. Thanks Cassie, that was a beast of a build but soooo worth it for all the storage.

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  2. I could look at your sight all day - love it! These turned out great!

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    1. Thank you, please feel free to look all day ;)

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  3. Oh I love it. How fun is this. Such a great storage piece. Looks beautiful. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks Marty. So much storage, divided and organized makes a momma happy!

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  4. Wow! I mean really, wow! That turned out amazing! Wish I had a space for something like that in my house.

    Jeanine

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  5. where are these L brackets located? curious.
    looks great!

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  6. Man... I wish we had the space for that in our house. It would come in really handy when the kids start school and sports in a few years.

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  7. Wow. You did a fantastic job. Looked complicated to me :) It's a great alternative to a mudroom....not many here in California. It's really beautiful! great job!

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  8. Wow..it is gorgeous!!! You did a beautiful job! ~ Judy

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  9. What a lot of work! Wow! I really am impressed by these because they are also beautiful.

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  10. I'm so impressed! They are fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from DIY Project Parade. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  11. Um, wow! I'm stunned at your expertise with those power tools! Seriously ... this diy is WAY over my head ...

    ... but the results are simply amazing ...

    :)

    Linda

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  12. WOW! I bet they are so happy with that much more functional "mudroom." I LOVE this project! I blog over at http://www.2crafty4myskirt.blogspot.com/ Every Friday I feature a fellow crafter. I would love to feature you and this porject in an upcoming Friday. If you are interested please let me know toocraftyformyskirt@hotmail.com

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  13. Those are so gorgeous, they really make the place look smart! I love the look of lockers like that: both stylish and functional :)

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  14. Wow. I am seriously impressed. I know there was a lot of thought and work put into those! I love Ana White and what you've built here would definitely make her proud! :-)

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  15. Oops! Forgot to put my new page: www.thisthatandlife.com I'm not under RustChic anymore! ;-)

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  16. Okay. Seriously. Can you fly into Pittsburgh?! You're awesome. This is amazing!

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  17. So cool! I'd love to see it once it's all filled up with the stuff of 4 kids!

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  18. Wow! That is fantastic, I really need something like that for my kitchen, thanks for the step by step.

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  19. OMG, what a fabulous piece of work!!! I think I need one!

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  20. Wow - absolutely brilliant!!!

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  21. Love this! Where did you get the baskets from?

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  22. Love this! Where did you get the baskets from?

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  23. We really love this and are looking to copy it. I've been looking around at baskets and can't find anything close to the depth you found. Where did you find these baskets? Thanks!

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  24. L.O.V.E. this. I want one so bad but inside my garage since I don't have space inside. Can you tell me how much the materials came to?

    Lisa

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  25. What wood did you use? Plywood? White Pine boards? I'm trying to build one my self but don't know what type or thickness to use. Thanks! And very impressive work!

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  26. I am also curious about what type of wood you used as well? And any idea on what the materials cost you? Great project!

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  27. Absolutely love this design! What's better than custom cubbies for your entryway or laundry room? Definitely will be trying your plan out!

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  28. How do you attach the shelves to the upright dividers? You can't screw / nail them in from the sides because there is a shelf on the other side of the divider!

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  29. Remhed the shelves are attached using pocket holes from the underside. Both units are built using pocket holes where ever possible and then filling the holes with plugs.

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  30. I'm making one for some friends. unfortunately they too want painted, but oh well.

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  31. Thank you for the quick response Jaime- I couldn't see the pocket holes since you plugged them in! So the "feet" on the front of the bench is actually the 1x2 trim pieces, right? I assume that is plenty sturdy? You then say the back "footer" is a 1x4 but I can't see in the pic how you have that attached / arranged. The front feet are not 4" off the ground, so how are you doing that back footer? Thanks!

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    1. Remhed - yes the feet are 1x2 trim except at both ends which are solid 3/4" ply all the way back. The back footer is attached using pocket holes and a 1x4 is actually 3 1/2" high. So you have 3 1/2" on the front side from the bottom of the shelf to the floor. Add your 1x2 trim which is 1 1/2" wide (minus 3/4" to cover the shelf edge) and now you've only got 2 3/4" clearance from below the trim to the floor and that's what you're seeing in the pic.

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  32. Remhed - yes the feet are 1x2 trim except at both ends which are solid 3/4" ply all the way back. The back footer is attached using pocket holes and a 1x4 is actually 3 1/2" high. So you have 3 1/2" on the front side from the bottom of the shelf to the floor. Add your 1x2 trim which is 1 1/2" wide (minus 3/4" to cover the shelf edge) and now you've only got 2 3/4" clearance from below the trim to the floor and that's what you're seeing in the pic.

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  33. This is almost exactly what I need for my kids. I am hoping my dad and I can build it. Thanks so much. One question for right now-I noticed that there is beadboard and trim up behind the cabinet. The room we are putting these in already has beadboard in it that goes about 30" up the wall with trim on top. How did you attach the unit to the wall with the beadboard and trim still in place?

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  34. My husband is building this for me, and I am doing the painting. Did you use a paint sprayer, brush, or roller to do the painting?

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  35. Jaime, I'd also love to know where you got the baskets. Great job!!

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  36. Hi Jaime. This is amazing! I have been trying to draw up something I can put in my garage and this is exactly what I have envisioned. What type of wood did you use? Did you use a nail gun to put it together? What is the backing made of? I can't wait to start making this. Thanks!! Shar

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    1. This is 3/4" plywood and pine boards. I used pocket holes and finish nails to build. The link to the full plans is here: http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2015/10/locker-style-mudroom-locker-cubbies.html

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  37. Do you have exact instructions to make this? For someone who has never done it before?

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    1. Yes here: http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2015/10/locker-style-mudroom-locker-cubbies.html

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  38. OMG, thank you for these plans. I'm not very confident doing it myself. There are five of us in our family and I thought out just making 2 of two lockers - mommy doesn't really need one, right? This is perfect!! Thank you again!

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  39. Where did you get your bottom baskets?

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    1. The baskets are from Homegoods. I highly suggest sourcing the baskets FIRST and then building to fit.

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