Wooden Hallway Storage Bench

How to build a mudroom bench with MDF or plywood

A mudroom bench is not only visually appealing in an entrance hall, but also very practical.

It’s a superb way to keep your shoes neat and tidy, and with this simple storage project, you can make one yourself!

When it is a rainy day, you need to make sure that whoever comes home takes off his shoes or boots, coat or jacket, and finds where to place the wet umbrella.

Unless there is a mudroom bench next to the front door you would end up with footsteps all over the floor, or the difficult proposition of trying to take off all the wet things while standing up.

If you would like to have a mudroom bench at home, you might consider ordering one.

However you would need to pay quite a high price for a custom made mudroom bench.

Ready-made mudroom benches are not that easy to find, and even if you do it is difficult to find one that will complement the rest of the furniture in your room, or is the size you want it to be to fit in the space available.

Moreover you cannot expect to find it at such an affordable price.

So, why not try to build a mudroom bench yourself with 18mm cut to size MDF sheets or plywood?

It is not that difficult, and with some basic tools you can manage to do it really cheaply.

Basic MDF Mudroom Bench Shell
Basic MDF Mudroom Bench Shell. Image credit: All Home Decor Review

Let’s Get Started

Start off by measuring the area where it will be placed.

Then, based on the space available you can determine the best size and design it.

Mark the measurements of the various parts as this will come in handy when you cut the boards and when you start assembling it.

It is best to start off with the seat box, which will be the base of the mudroom bench.

The bench seat will start with a plywood box with an open-bottom.

Use a circular saw to cut two strips from a plywood sheet as these will be the panels.

Then cut out the baseboard.

Assemble the box, using the side panels between the other two panels at the front and back.

It is best to use glue as well as screws to assemble.

Once assembled, place it in front of the baseboard, and mark where the sides of the box will meet the moulding.

Afterwards slide it into place against the wall, after having marked the position where the sides will fit into the notches ad screw it.

Next comes the hinge support.

Use a mitre saw to cut a panel that is the inside width of the box.

Screw it along the back of the box into the studs using deck screws.

Later this part will be hidden by a plywood strip and moulding.

Screw L-brackets in the box and to the floor.

It is best to have three brackets inside the front edge, and another two on either side.

These are important as they will hold the box in place.

Next attach the panel molding to the seat by cutting stiles.

Where a horizontal and a vertical stile overlap each other at a corner, place more attention.

Glue and nail them using 3″ nails.

Make sure to align the edges with the edges of the box, and it may be best to use a narrower stile at the front.

If you cut panel molding to fit, miter the ends and nail tightly with 2″ nails.

Then frame the other side of the box similarly.

Always ensure that the corners are flush with the side panels and then fit the panel molding in the frame you created.

Then you can cap and trim the box, and the seat lid.

To prevent splitting the wood with the finish nails it may be helpful to dull the points of the nails before tapping them in.

This can be done easily with a strike of the hammer.

Afterwards you can attach the lid with cabinet hinges.

European cabinet hinges are ideal as they will allow the lid to open up completely but at the same time conceal the assembly once it is closed.

It is best to allow a 1 inch overlay on the front and on the sides.

Finishing the Build

Now you can mount the bedboard panel to the back.

About 4 feet up from the seat is a good measurement.

Have someone help you by holding the panels in place, while also ensuring that the rabbets at the edges overlap.

Also make sure that the seam will fall on a stud as you will need to have something to screw the edges to.

Secure the panels to the wall by using adhesive caulk and screws.

If you are going to install a shelf at the top, install the fascia for it, and mount the shelf brackets to it.

Secure the shelf by screwing it, and you’re done.

You may wish to paint your mudroom bench once it is assembled.

It is best to apply two coats of paint for a neater result.

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How a Newly Fitted Kitchen Can Transform Your Home

Have you ever wondered what is the single most important room in your home?

While most people say this is the bathroom or living room, it is in fact your kitchen!

After all, it is the place where all the supplies are kept and where your food is created.

It can also be the place where you have breakfast and dine with your family.

Therefore, transforming your kitchen with proper kitchen fittings is one of the worthwhile investments you’ll ever make.

Looking For Premium Kitchen Fittings?

When choosing your kitchen accessories and fittings, you should keep some important factors in mind.

While proper fittings make your kitchen appear modern and contemporary, they are need to be very efficient and highly durable.

Here are 3 crucial aspects of kitchens and fittings you can take advantage of:

1. Kitchen Taps

Yes, a kitchen tap may seem like an insignificant accessory, but think again!

It plays an important role in the final finish of your kitchen sink area, and gets regular use for cooking and cleaning.

For example, a non-functional or defective tap is something you cannot cook or work with.

That is why all the interior design contractors recommend only using the top rated kitchen taps that are durable, multi-functional and cost effective.

2. Kitchen Cabinets

Obviously, kitchen cabinets play the most important role in your kitchen.

They are there to build up all of the storage space of your kitchen and store as many things as you need.

Therefore, they must be spacious enough – yet compact enough for ease of use.

You should be able to clean all the cabinets and cupboards easily.

Wooden cabinets are by far one of the best kitchen fitting options, with the wood being of utmost quality and well varnished, as prevention from a wear and tear over time.

3. Cooking Stations

A cooking station is the most integral part of the kitchen. No matter how much time you are spending in cooking, you need to get done at a time – and top-notch cooking stations can help you in this manner.

Choosing double or tetra top stations and electrically heated induction tops will ensure you of a lot more efficient and safer cooking process.

Every kitchen needs these essentials – and apart from them, can be accessorized to your tastes and needs.

That way, you will be able to….

Transform Your Kitchen With Premium Fittings

Whether you want to replace only the cupboard doors in your kitchen or the entire fittings, giving a facelift to your kitchen is something that will improve your home dramatically.

Aside from increasing its value, it will also increase your home’s price tag and add a considerable amount of value to your home – especially if you look for the best products and use the best out of the space you have.

Getting a mixture of colours can be a dramatic experience for you if you don’t consult with an interior designer.

There is a lot more than just styles and colours when it comes to your kitchen.

For instance, every great kitchen needs the best space-saving essentials, the proper lighting and a blend of modern and sleek design.

When working with property refurbishment contractors in London, you will know how to get the most of these features in your new (or renovated) kitchen.

Another thing you should be aware of are your sockets, switches and outlets.

Many people are ‘hypnotized’ by the design of their kitchen and therefore overlook these important finishing details.

Make sure that your kitchen has plenty of room for enough sockets and power outlets so that you make the most of your cooking and enjoy an organized space.

Last but not least – is to make sure you choose the right contractor to fit your kitchen.

To do this, it is always handy to ask about their previous work they have done or see for references you can check.

After all, you certainly don’t want to go through all of the trouble of designing the perfect kitchen and fitting it badly.