Whether you’re looking for a bench for your front door entryway or your mudroom, I guarantee there’s something here for you. Why distinguish between the two? Well, often (hopefully) mudrooms see more dirt and mud than your front door. An entryway bench at your front door should match with your home’s colors and style. You’re more worried about having a bench that is easy to clean and doesn’t show stains. Whereas in a mudroom, function takes precedence over form. Since your mudroom likely isn’t the first thing people see when they walk in your home, it’s not that big of a deal if there are stains here and there. However, you definitely want a sturdy and tough bench that isn’t made from cheap materials.
Putting a white bench in your mudroom might be more trouble than it’s worth. So while many of the benches shown here have an option for white finishes, they won’t be featured as our first choice.
After a long day of working outdoors, you can’t wait to get back home, take off your shoes, and stretch out in the recliner. Maybe you’ve been digging up weeds in the garden or hunting that darn mole that keeps tunneling through your yard. Either way, the mudroom is the buffer between your clean home and the rest of the world.
It’s the best way to wash large chunks dirt and mud off of your shoes or clothes before putting them in the washing machine.
But you can’t forget the bench that you use to sit down while you take your shoes off!
You don’t want just any bench, as this is a great opportunity to create more storage space to get all those pairs of clean shoes out of the way. This is a common problem in any entryway of your home. Most of these products will work well in either place for storage of guest’s shoes. There are plenty of options to choose from that will match up with your home’s style.
With that said, I want to look at all the different types of benches you could use in a mudroom or other entryway. Let’s face it; you’ll probably be propping your feet up on the bench when you untie your boots. That means it must be a sturdy material that won’t easily damage. So we want a nice solid material that can withstand abuse and doesn’t stain easily.
Let’s summarize the features we’re looking for in a mudroom or entryway bench:
- Bamboo, Teak, Solid Wood, or Metal Construction. Minimal use of MDF or Plywood.
- Wide enough to fit more than one person.
- Shelving, Box, Cabinet, or some other type of storage for shoes.
- Backrest is optional.
- Shoe Cubbies should be able to fit a pair of shoes, not just one shoe per cubby.
Entryway Benches with Shelf Storage
The wide range of lengths available for the 1776 bench and the reasonable price are what makes it the best value choice here. Though I believe some of the other benches can hold more weight than they say, the manufacturer of the 1776 bench has said that it can hold up to 400 lbs. So fitting multiple adults on the long 72″ version is no problem.
The bamboo benches are a great budget choice. They will creak a little bit when you sit down, but they can hold a decent amount of weight. The more expensive teak wood can handle more weight and looks beautiful, but you have to pay for it.
Entryway Benches with Box Storage (Flip-top Lid)
The Simpli Home and Linon benches are very similar in style, but the Linon uses a mixture of Asian hardwood, MDF, and plywood. This makes it more affordable, but the quality of the materials are not quite up to par with the Simpli Home solid pine construction. Don’t forget there are multiple finishes available for the Simpli Home benches, so once you click one you can preview the different finishes.
As for the Home Style bench, having a coat rack built into the bench is nice, especially if you don’t want to put large holes in your wall to mount a coat rack. If you’re looking for a more modern look, then the Simpli Home benches are a great bargain with good quality materials.
Entryway Benches with Drawer Storage
The Simply Home Burlington is fully a drawer storage bench, but Simpli Home Sea Mills has a combination of drawers and shoe cubbies. Box style with a flip-top lid is a very common style, but if you’re stacking shoes, it can be a bit annoying to have to sort through and find a matching pair of shoes. The same can be said for drawers, so if you’re looking for shoe-only storage, then drawers and baskets aren’t the ideal choices. Being able to keep your shoes together in cubbies is so much easier to deal with. Plus you get the benefit of keeping all sorts of gadgets you occasionally need in the small drawers.
The antique-ish looking Safavieh model has a metal frame with solid elm wood top. The metal isn’t heavy duty, so the weight capacity is much lower than the others.
The close second to the Simpli Home Sea Mills bench is the Furniture of America Victoria entryway bench. You get the 3 small upper drawers and 3 baskets. The baskets aren’t quite as convenient as cubbies, but they do look tidier. You could even take them out to be used for something else which would leave you with 3 large shoe cubbies.
Entryway Benches with Cabinet Storage
This style of entryway bench is not very common, but it works well for storing shoes. Everything stays concealed by the cabinet doors and looks tidy. Regarding quality, the Simpli Home Warm Shaker bench is the best since it’s made of solid pine. You also have more finish options than the Baxton models.
The Baxton entryway benches are a great budget option if you like this style. They are durable and seem to have better quality construction than the Giantex model. The fold-out design of the Giantex is unique, but can’t hold very large size shoes. One common complaint about the Giantex model is that the finish is actually made of a tape that looks like wood, which may bubble up in places and not withstand heavy abuse.
Entryway Benches with Cushioned Seating
The Sole Secret Ottoman is perhaps best suited for a bedroom or large walk-in closet. However, the variety of options for color and size means you could get one to match your home’s style. The cubby storage will fit up to a men’s size 14. The small model ottoman has 14 adjustable cubbies, while the large version has 18.
The Altra Penelope, Winsome Townsend, or Simpli Home Cosmopolitan benches are a more traditional choice for entryway benches. Cubbies help with organization, so if you have a large family and a variety of shoes then consider one of those models. That means less digging through a pile of shoes to find the matching pair.
The Real Simple Split-top Bench has two compartments on top and 3 cubbies. The flip-top compartments are a nice hidden storage space for small tools and stuff that ends up sitting in drawers around the house.
The Lakeville bench is very versatile and just putting shoes in it is probably not the best use. It’s attractive and neutral enough to go in just about any room in a home. If you need functional storage space by a vanity or window, this is a great option.
Entryway Benches with Coat Rack or Hooks
This style of bench is the one you traditionally see near the front door, but might also fit your mudroom well. Most of these designs are metal, which is attractive but doesn’t hold up quite as much weight as the other wooden benches we looked at above. I had trouble getting exact numbers for most of these weight limits, so I stuck with the typical number you see on metal-only benches. There are some people that claim they have no issues up around 300 lbs, so one or two average adults should have any trouble.
The Upton, eHomeProducts, and SEI models are very similar in style, but the King’s Brand is a corner bench with copper metal finish.