Are you up to the task of building your own mudroom built-in system? If not, buy all the components you need from our storage components pages, or choose from our wide selection of cabinets, hutches and bridges to create a custom wall unit. If so, check out this article below with instructions on how to build your own.

Introduction

The second the sun goes away, out come the umbrellas and the raincoats and the Wellies. And with them a lot of messy wetness that can warp hardwood floors and stain your best rugs. Short of forcing your family to disrobe on the front stoop, your best bet is to create a stopping area just inside the door where everyone can leave the weather behind.

On the following pages, This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers shows how to create the perfect catchall, complete with an open top shelf, coat hooks, and flip-top bench storage. This handsome entry hall built-in, made of plywood, shelf panels, and layered moldings, is sure to make your house more welcoming, even while protecting it from wear and tear. In fact, you may find it so convenient you’ll catch yourself stopping by even when the sun’s out.

How to build a mudroom system

How to build a mudroom system

Day-to-day Timeline for Building a Mudroom Bench

Friday: Build and trim out the seat box.
Saturday: Install the seat lid and beadboard panel.
Sunday: Assemble the shelf and paint the bench.

Cut List
(download plan here)

1×12 – 2 @ 72 inches
1×16 – 1 @ 72 inches
2×4 – 1 @ 68 inches
¾-inch plywood – 16 x 69½ inches
¾-inch plywood – 2 @ 16×15½ inches
Beadboard exterior grade plywood – 2 @ 4×4 feet
½ x 1 parting bead – 2 @ 48 inches
½ x 7/8 inch decorative shoe molding – 2 @ 72 inches
½ x 7/8 inch decorative shoe molding – 2 @ 12 inches
½ x 7/8 inch decorative shoe molding – 2 mitered returns
3/8 x 7/8 inch panel molding – 2 @ 72 inches
3/8 x 7/8 inch panel molding – 4 mitered returns
3/8 x 7/8 inch panel molding – 16 scribed to size
quarter round molding – 2 @ 72 inches
quarter round molding – 4 mitered returns
1×4 – 2 @ 72 inches
1×4 – 4 mitered returns
1×4 – 7 @ 16 inches
1×4 – 4 @ 10¾ inches
1×4 – 4 @ 30¼ inches
1×2 – 2 @ 15½ inches
1×2 – 1 @ 69½ inches

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