It had been crying out for a place to hang coats and to drop off “stuff” rather than haul it in and lay it on the kitchen table. One Saturday my husband decided that he was going to throw together some sort of a coat rack / bench that would serve our needs. Once he got me going on the idea it turned into a full blown re-do of the room.
I have shown you the Free Laundry Room Printables and DIY Hardware Update, and today I am sharing how to make this fabulous mudroom bench/coat rack. It is super handy, and it prompted us to paint and replace the floor in the room. 2. exterior-grade beadboard plywood to make the back panel on the wall.
1×12 solid-wood panel to make the fascia board and shelf. 2×4 to create a support strip for the hinges that hold the box lid.
3/4-inch quarter-round molding to trim the beadboard panel and the base of the box.
½x7/8-inch decorative shoe molding to trim out the shelf, seat lid, and fascia.
European cabinet hinges to allow the lid to overlay the box and open smoothly. The bench I chose was modeled after a picture I saw of a classic entry hall built-in I saw on the This old house blog.
The dimensions were altered because our particular space required the bench to fit in a corner. Likewise, I changed a few pieces of the trim work to suit our taste. The shopping list I’m going to provide you will cover the better part of your project for the size bench we used. If you decide you want to expand or alter to fit your room then you might need to modify your purchase list accordingly.
Try to get the box to sit as level on the floor as possible and fasten through the back into the studs in the wall using 2.5 inch deck screws. The Top of the box (which will be the bench seat is going to be made from the same ¾ inch plywood.
( you will see why later) Also, if your situation is like mine, where the bench will butt up against a wall in the corner, the top wont overlap on that side. Using a miter-saw, cut a 2×4 to fit the inside of the box along the back wall.
Attach the panel molding to the seat.Next, I trimmed out the front and the one visible side of my box with 1 x 4 boards.
To create a profile on the inner edge of the 1×4 framing, cut panel molding to fit inside the 1×4 rectangles. The side caps should now sit flush with the 2×4 assembly secured to the wall. Trim the base of the box using quarter round molding mitered 45 degrees at the corner joints.
Using a miter saw, cut strips of ½x7/8-inch decorative shoe molding to fit the front and side edges of the lid. Miter the ends at the corners, but leave the back edges square.
Attach the molding to the lid edge with wood glue and 2d finish nails.
TOH Tip: To avoid splitting narrow wood stock with finish nails, dull the points of the nails with the strike of a hammer before tapping them in. Nail it down at the back edge of the seat box to cap the 2×4 assembly. Attach the lid to the 2×4 assembly using three European cabinet hinges, installed according to the “full overlay” instructions.
This sounds more complicated than it is…Since your top has been cut short of the box dimension by this amount, you will have this 2/1/4 inch strip across the back that does not open with the lid. The proper distance will be determined after a couple of openings and closings.
Where the bead-board meets the top of the bench seat I put a 1×4 trim piece to finish out the back.
As you will see later, when I finish placing the shelf facia board later, I will put a matching piece at this seam. I chose to use a small cove molding to finish out the vertical edges of the bead board. I chose to use lengths of quarter round trim along the bottom edge of the box where it meets the floor.
Take a look at your finished box at this point and decide if there are any gaps or spots that you feel like you want to cover with trim work or if just caulking alone will fill. Use a piece of 1×12 shelving board cut to the length of the top of the beadboard panel. Measure and mark the placement of two shelf brackets on the fascia board. Using the provided hardware, install the shelf brackets flush with the top edge of the fascia board and on center at your marks.
Cut a piece of stock 1×12 shelving board the width of the bead-board. Prime the bench, bead-board panel, shelf, and moldings, then paint them with two coats of semi-gloss latex.
Screw coat hooks to the fascia board, spaced evenly between the brackets. Click the image or text for the FREE Laundry Room Printables!