How to Make a Shoe Rack Bench

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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
  • Drill
  • Screws, 3-inch length
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain or paint
  • 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.

  • 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.

References

  • "Home Improvement 1-2-3"; John Holmes; 2003
  • "Woodworking 101 for Women"; Marilyn MacEwen; 2006
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