Back again with another Mudroom update! If you missed my first update you can check it out HERE. You don’t want to miss the before shots of this space! Today we wanted to share with you guys the DIY boot bench Jose made for the mudroom. I absolutely love having the boot bench in our mudroom because it’s a great spot to store all of our shoes!
One thing I really didn’t like about this spot before was that I didn’t have a good area for our shoes … So they would just end up a mess all over the floor. This DIY boot bench is a great way to keep us all more organized over here! We also have an outlet in the middle compartment of our bench so we can add a boot warmer in the future.
We decided to DIY our boot bench instead of buying one because it was so much more affordable & we could make it a custom size to our space. The boot bench needed to fit the entire length of the wall in our mudroom. Since we wanted to build this to fit the exact size of our wall and it was impossible for us to find one that size to buy. On top of that if we were to have had a custom one built by someone else that would have been very expensive as well. Another way we made this project more affordable was by using scrap wood. We used wood leftover from another home project, we really recommend saving your scrap wood for DIY projects like this! If you don’t have any scrap wood, you can purchase wood from your local retailer.
We wanted to add a little storage bench for all of our shoes and other little things we don’t want just hanging out all the time. A little fun fact about this bench, with the exception of hinges and the top boards, was made from scrap from initial mudroom remodel.
So let’s get right into it.
Step 1. Install the double ledger board level across the wall. I used a double ledger board style because we wanted a strong base to drill too as well provide a platform for the back hinge board.
Step 2. Frame your front walls for the bench. Since we were using scrap wood we made do with cutting in to fit four-piece of plywood and framing them with 1 x 3 pieces of select pine.
Step 3. Determine the depth and cut the joist like boards that will attach one side to the ledger board and onside to the front panel of the bench. Do this on the top and bottom of each side, and one at the center on the bottom only. When you attach the shiplap this will mend together the center seam.
Step 4. Attach the shiplap to the front panel and side.
Step 5. Attach the base to the front of the shiplap.
Step 6. Attach the back 3″ board to the top of the ledger board. Using a small gap, roughly 1/8″ gap the back of the boards evenly down the bench and install the hinges. We choose to have three lift-up lids and installed separators, one for each member of the family.
For now, that is our update on the mudroom, we still have a few things left to finish before the final reveal! I want to hang some art on the picture ledges, add a rug, and put up the rest of the pegboards. Once our floors are done we will be sharing a DIY on that, be on the lookout as that will be coming soon! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today and every day. If you make this DIY boot bench tag me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see it! Xx Liz Marie