Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DIY Shoe Storage Bench

diy shoe storage bench free plans

Hello friends.  Who's thinking about clearing out all that clutter now that the holidays are over?  I'm right there with you, it's overwhelming and chaotic and you just want to clear the decks and start fresh.  

Today I'm sharing a diy shoe storage bench with free plans made specifically to fit four large crates.  These crates corral and contain all the shoes, hats, gloves and mudroom accessories plus the bench provides a nice spot to sit while putting on those shoes.

diy shoe storage bench free plans

I've team up with Crates & Pallet to bring you this shoe storage bench plan.  We will use four of the large crates for this build but Crates & Pallet makes all types of crates, various sizes and shapes, you'll want to check out all the options.

To get you started on clearing the clutter Crates & Pallet is offering a giveaway to one lucky reader for a Home Depot $50 gift card!  If the holiday mess isn't motivation enough to clear the clutter than perhaps this giveaway will get you going.

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diy shoe storage bench free plans

The shoe storage bench fits just inside our back door mudroom area.

diy shoe storage bench free plans

Each large crate is 18" long x 12 1/2" wide and 9 1/2" deep so plenty of storage space for multiple pairs of shoes and boots.

diy shoe storage bench free plans

I painted this shoe storage bench using Benjamin Moore old navy satin enamel finish.

Below are step by step instructions including supplies and cut list.  Please follow all safety precautions when using power tools.

diy shoe storage bench free plans


4 – large Crates & Pallet wood crates
1 sheet – ¾” plywood
5 – 2x2x8 boards

2 ½” & 1 ¼”pocket hole screws
2” wood screws
wood glue

Cut List:

1 – ¾” plywood @ 18 ¾” x 61” (top)
1 – ¾” plywood @ 15” x 56 ½” (base shelf)
4 – 2x2 @ 56 ½” (front & back supports)
4 – 2x2 @ 15” (side supports)
4 – 2x2 @ 17” (legs)

6 – 2x2 @ 12” (center supports)

diy shoe storage bench free plans

Step 1:  Attach supports to legs using wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws.

diy shoe storage bench free plans

Step 2: Attach center supports to long supports using wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws.  Keep pocket holes all facing same direction (towards back).

diy shoe storage bench free plans

Step 3: Make base shelf by attaching supports to shelf keeping plywood flush on underside.  Be sure to predrill the supports with pocket holes for attaching to legs in next step BEFORE attaching supports to base shelf.  Use wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

diy shoe storage bench free plans

diy shoe storage bench free plans

Step 4: Attach base shelf portion to legs using predrilled pocket holes.  Use wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws.  Also attach center supports to base shelf using wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws. 

diy shoe storage bench free plans

Step 5: Attach top to frame.  Use wood glue and predrilled countersink holes to attach top with 2" wood screws from underside.  Keep top flush to back and ¾” overhang on front and both sides.

diy shoe storage bench free plans

diy shoe storage bench felt pads under crates

Sand and finish your bench as desired.  Also I recommend a few felt pads on the underside of each crate to help the crates slide easily and protect the finish on your bench.

Be sure to stop by Ryobi Nation to see all the Clear The Clutter crate organization ideas and vote for your favorite!

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diy shoe storage bench free plans

Disclaimer:  I have partnered with Crates & Pallet to bring you this post.  All thoughts, opinions and creative ideas are my own.


Kevin said...

That's a great idea. I love the use of the crates in it. I think I'm going to go home and start measuring boots to see how many I can fit in something like this.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Love this idea for almost any room - would be great for toys. (How heavy do the crates get with stuff in them? Curious if it would be too heavy for Henry.)

Angela said...

How did you get the wood to look so smooth? I feel like my wood looks really rough still even after sanding and the first coat of paint.

Chris Drahos said...

Builder Beware: While following these plans I encountered several severe problems. The selection of 2x2 wood results in the wood splitting as you attempt to drive two screws into the wood to join it to another 2x2. This occurred while using a pocket hole jig. The wood is simply too narrow. Another problem arose when trying to join the 17" leg to the 15" support. The screws from one piece intersect the screws in the other piece since they are entering at the exact same angle. I had to scrap the 2x2s and switch to 2x3s and make adjustments to the overall width given the wider wood. It came out OK but would have been much easier, cheaper and faster had the plans not been flawed.

Jaime Costiglio said...

In respond to @Chris Drahos comments above I suggest using SELECT 2x2 pine boards and 2 1/2" Kreg pocket hole screws. The 2x2 should not split when driving the screws. I suggest using a pocket hole clamp to keep joins tight and square, I did not have any hardware collisions during this build process.

Kristin said...

What was your supply cost?