I think I've mentioned before that one thing I didn't love about our house is the lack of front entry strorage. The thought of shoes kicked off at the front door and coats thrown over the dining chairs gave me anxiety. So one of the first things I did was build this built-in bench using Ikea cabinets. Keep reading below to see exactly what I did.
- Ikea Cabinets - I used 30" x 15"
- 2x10 board
- 2x2 board
- 3/4" moulding
- decorative radiator grate
- corner brackets
- metal strap tie
- plywood - I used birch
- plywood edge tape
- wood glue
- stain - I used Mission Oak
The complicated thing about this project is that I was building it around a radiator. Had that not been the case, I would have made the base shorter. It's a pretty awkward height to actually sit on, and I also would have used a solid piece, without the grates.
Step 1: Build the face of the base. Cut 2x10s to leave equal openings for the radiator grates. Attach the 2x10s to 2x2s with glue and metal strap ties as shown.
Step 2: Sand the wood glue and prep for paint
Step 3: Cut the moldings down at 45 degree angles to frame out grates. Paint base and mouldings. I color matched the cabinet, see details of the color below.
Step 4: Once the paint is dry attach the grates using the staple gun.
Step 5: And attach the moulding frames using the brad nailer.
Step 6: Build the base. I cut more 2x10 pieces and used the corner brackets to hold them together. I made the depth just a little less than the base of the cabinets, not including the doors. You open the doors from the bottom, so you'll want to be sure that the base does not interfere with them at all.
Step 7: Build the cabinets and install on top of base.
Step 8: build the top of bench. I had them cut the plywood for me at Home Depot, to the length of the area, and depth of the cabinets, with doors, plus about 1/2". Since the standard plywood was not long enough to cover the length of the bench, I had to seam it together. Im sure there is a cleaner way to do this, but I just glued and clamped it together.
Step 9: Follow the instructions to add the plywood edge tape.
Step 10: Sand and stain and install the top.
And you're finished! Now we have plenty of storage, a perfect place to put Oliver's shoes on in the morning, plus it makes for a great lookout perch for the dog.