Wednesday, October 3, 2012

DIY Mudroom Closet Cubbies & Bench

How to build cubbies and a bench inside a mudroom closet.

diy mudroom closet cubbies and bench

A mudroom closet makeover for a friend:

diy mudroom closet beforediy mudroom closet after

Aside from purging a lot of unused items which really helps in a makeover, I built custom size shoe cubbies for a more organized space.

Before she had a flimsy hanging shoe organizer:

diy mudroom closet before hanging shoe organizer

And now 12 solid wood shoe cubbies, designated space that will hold daddy's big shoes with ease:

diy mudroom closet after shoe cubbies

Down below she wanted a bench and we designed a shoe shelf with basket/boot space below:

mudroom closet bench with shoe cubbies

Here's the space before:

mudroom closet floor area before

And now:
There's room enough for two pairs of shoes front and back.

mudroom closet floor area after

Overall a nice makeover that improved the functionality of the mudroom closet:

Here's a few in progress build shots of the shoe cubbies and bench:

1. Measure space and sketch up plans.

2. For the shoe cubbies attach one side of shelves using pocket hole screws:

how to make shoe cubbies

3. Then attach the other side, preferably the wall side, by counter sinking your screws:

predrill countersink holes

4. All built:

diy shoe cubbies

diy bench with cubbies

5. Prime with Zinsser cover stain, paint two coats high gloss enamel white.
Install bench, then shoe cubbies, then top shelf:

installing shoe cubbies and bench in closet

6. And finally add the hanging rod and hooks.

mudroom closet shoe cubbies and bench


  1. Jaime, this is amazing, as usual! You did a terrific job of creating an organizer to suit the needs. You are my hero!

  2. Wow! It looks amazing, and you've created a well functioning space! Good job.

  3. Found you on Pinterest and wanted to drop by to check out your blog and fell in love while in the process. Can't wait to follow you and watch all your creativness.

  4. i super like it :) can you be my friend and make a mudroom for me? lol!


  5. Wow this is awesome! I would be doing a MAJOR happy dance!!!

    Anneke at

  6. very impressive. You are one amazing organiser and so handy!
    It will be so much easier to find everything now.

  7. Wow, that is amazing! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Nifty Thrifty. 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. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. I need to do this for my kids' closets!

  9. when i finally one day have a mudroom you are going to come help me! :)

  10. What was the budget for this project? i love the use of the closet! I also especially like the taller nook for boots and shorter shelf above for shoes.