How to Build a Simple Mudroom Bench
In just a few hours, Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a single sheet of MDF into a piece of furniture that provides both storage and seating
Shoes, boots, and all sorts of messes tend to accumulate in our houses’ rear entries and mudrooms as we transition from the outdoors to the inside. The pileup reaches a peak in winter when gloves, hats, and other outerwear are shed and then mysteriously go missing the next time they’re needed.
Therein lies the value of a mudroom bench, one with cubbies to corral the accoutrements of the season and keep them neatly organized. It can also provide a welcome place to sit while donning and removing footwear.
TOH general contractor Tom Silva designed this bench to be made from just one 4x8 sheet of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), a solid, uniform, affordable material that takes paint beautifully. He sized the bench to hold three woven baskets, but they’re optional. What’s not optional for such a heavily used piece of furniture is sturdy building techniques employing strong deck screws, grooved joints, and plenty of wood glue. Follow along on these pages as Tom uses these methods to assemble this useful mudroom organizer.
Shown: Tom and Kevin show off their latest project: a three-cubby storage bench that took them just a couple of hours to make from scratch.