Lay a rectangular 1-by-12-inch board on the ground. Rest two 32-inch 2-by-4s on their 2-inch widths against the long sides of the rectangular board. Screw through the 2-by-4s and into the 1-by-12 every 6 inches down both sides to attach.
Having a bench that doubles as a shoe rack can be convenient near any main entryway of your home. The bench portion can provide a seating area for putting shoes on, while the shoe storage keeps shoes close at hand and prevents mud and dirt from being tracked through your home. Gather supplies ahead of time to make a shoe rack bench in an afternoon and allow any wood stain or paint to dry overnight.
Things You'll Need
- 1 board, 1-by-12-inches, 32 inches long
- 2 boards, 2-by-4-inches, 32 inches long
- 2 boards, 2-by-4-inches, 16 inches long
- 4 boards, 2-by-4-inches, 18 inches long
- 4 boards, 2-by-4-inches, 8 inches long
- 2 boards, 1-by-8-inches, 32 inches long
- Screws, 3-inch length
- Wood stain or paint
Stand the 16-inch 2-by-4s on their 2-inch widths at each end of the rectangle to cap the ends of the 32-inch boards. Screw through the 16-inch boards every 6 inches along each end to form the bench seat. Leave this unit until Step 6.
Lay four 18-inch 2-by-4s side by side, with the ends lined up evenly. Measure up from the bottom end of the boards 6 inches and draw a line across the four boards to mark this point. Measure up from the line 6 more inches and draw a second line across all four boards.
Stand two of the 18-inch boards upright 8 inches apart with the marked lines facing in. Place an 8-inch long 2-by-4 between the two boards and align it to run just below the bottom marked lines. Screw two screws through the 18-inch boards and into the 8-inch board to secure. Place a second 8-inch board along the upper set of markers and screw into place. Repeat with the two other 18-inch and 8-inch boards to complete the other frame set.
Stand the two frame sets 28 inches apart. Lay one 1-by-8-inch board between the frames to rest on top of the lower 8-inch boards to form the bottom shelf of the shoe rack. Screw two screws through the 1-by-8 and into the 8-inch board below on each end of the bench. Place the second 1-by-8-inch board over the upper 8-inch-long boards to form the second shelf. Screw through the shelf and into the frame set on each end.
Flip the seat unit of Step 2 over and set it over the frame sets. Allow the boards surrounding the 1-by-12-inch board to slip over and around the upright 18-inch boards that form the legs of the bench. Screw two screws through the 32-inch framing boards of the seat and into each 18-inch board to complete the unit.
Sand over the entire shoe bench to smooth the wood. Apply a wood stain or paint of your choice over the entire piece and allow to dry overnight before using the bench.
Tips & Warnings
- Select a wood stain or paint color that reflects the décor of the room you'll be using the bench in for a cohesive design effect.
- "Home Improvement 1-2-3"; John Holmes; 2003
- "Woodworking 101 for Women"; Marilyn MacEwen; 2006
How to Make a Built-In Closet Shoe Rack
If you find yourself tossing your shoes in a big pile in the bottom of your closet, or always missing half of...
How to Make an Entryway Storage Bench
An entryway storage bench is a perfect way to keep daily clutter under control. A do-it-yourself version of an entryway storage bench...
How to Build a Wooden Shoe Rack
Storage space is an issue for many homeowners, but what is lacking in space can often be made up for by better...
How to Build a 5-Foot-Long Bench
A wooden bench can serve different seating needs around the home. It can be used in mud rooms for putting on or...
How to Draw a Shoe
Drawing a shoe can be a bit of a challenge. If you follow these directions, you will learn how to draw a...
How to Make a Wood Storage Bench
Making a wood storage bench is a easy and fun do-it-yourself project. There are plenty of options to choose from when making...