How to Build an Entry Storage Bench With a Coat Rack

Written by katherine harder
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How to Build an Entry Storage Bench With a Coat Rack
(Wooden ladder image by Tasha from

Create an entryway which protects the rest of the home from the clutter and random items that have a tendency to pile up since there is no specific place where you currently store them. Use this space to store keys, incoming and outgoing mail, coats, boots and other items. Craft a built-in storage bench and coat rack using recycled materials. Add some flair to your completed coat rack and storage area by painting the wall behind it a complementary colour or by adding pillows or a cushion on top of your bench.

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Things you need

  • Wall kitchen cabinet
  • Sandpaper
  • Clean cloth
  • Latex paint
  • Paintbrush and tray
  • Polyurethane
  • Drill with bit
  • Knob
  • Tape measure
  • 2 1/2-inch screws
  • Chain with small links
  • Wire cutter
  • 2 tall bookcases which are 12-inches deep
  • 2-by-4-inch wood
  • Saw
  • 2 1/2-inch screws
  • Wooden ladder
  • Pencil
  • Four round hook screws

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  1. 1

    Sand the exterior of the cabinet and then wipe away excess dust with the cloth. Apply two coats of latex paint, allowing time for it to dry between coats. Apply a final coat of polyurethane to create a surface that can easily be cleaned.

  2. 2

    Set the cabinet on its side, so that the door is facing outward and opens from the top. Drill a pilot hole through the centre of the top of the door, as it now stands. Attach the knob to the front of the door, securing it on the back of the door with a washer, which should have been included with the knob.

  3. 3

    Open the door so that it's just a few inches from the ground. Measure the space between the left, topmost corner of the open door and the left, top side in the interior of the cabinet. Cut the chain to this length, using the wire cutters.

  4. 4

    Drill a pilot hole into the left interior panel of the cabinet, 1 inch down from the top panel and 1 inch in from the cabinet's opening. Drill another pilot hole in the interior of the door, 1 inch from the top of the door and 1 inch from its left side. Attach each end of the chain to these holes, screwing through the links.

  1. 1

    Cut the 2-by-4-inch wood into two 12-inch long pieces. Sand and paint the pieces.

  2. 2

    Sand and paint your bookcases to match the storage bench. Coat them with polyurethane.

  3. 3

    Cut your ladder to 30 inches. Repeat the sanding, painting and coating process with your ladder.

  4. 4

    Set one on each side of the storage bench, flanking it, to create a built-in look.

  5. 5

    Attach each cut piece of 2-by-4-inch wood to the sides of the bookcases which abut the storage bench, about 4 inches down from the tops of the bookcases, using the long screws and your drill. Lay the ladder on top of the support.

  1. 1

    Mark down the underside of the ladder section which is closest to the wall, every 6 inches.

  2. 2

    Drill pilot holes into these spots and angle those holes somewhat so that the curved section of the hooks won't hit against the wall.

  3. 3

    Attach the hooks to the holes, twisting them until they fit tightly to the ladder and so that the open side of the hooks faces out.

Tips and warnings

  • Typically, wall kitchen cabinets measure 30 inches tall and 12 inches deep, so if you use a different type of cabinet, adjust the measurements in the project to match that cabinet's height and depth.
  • Work with paint and polyurethane in a well-ventilated area or outdoors. If that isn't possible, wear a mask. Wear a mask and protective eyewear when sanding.

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