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Best Entryway & Mudroom Benches [Updated 2019]

We’ve grouped benches into six categories: benches with shelves, box-type storage benches, benches with drawers, benches with cabinets, bench and rack combos, and cushioned benches.

These are ideal for entryways and allow for some shoe storage and a comfortable place to remove your shoes. The bench and rack combos give you some hanging room for coats, which is nice if you don’t have a coat closet in your entryway.

Entryways are the buffer between your clean home and the rest of the world. These benches can help you keep things tidy and avoid the minefield of shoes by your front door.

Keep In Mind

  • Large boots will fit best on shelves instead of drawers or cabinets.
  • Cabinet, box, and drawer storage keep shoes out of sight.
  • Box-type storage is the least limiting in terms of shoe size, but you often end up piling shoes on top of each other.
  • Cabinet storage makes keeping pairs of shoes together easy, but larger shoes may be a tight fit.
  • Drawers are not quite as messy as box storage, but are restrictive on size.

Another option you can consider, if you have a closet or interior door near your entryway, is a hanging organizer.

There are examples of each below and you can skip to any section that looks interesting to you.


Entryway Benches with Shelf Storage

Bamboo is an attractive, sturdy, and affordable material used indoor and outdoor benches. The SONGMICS model is the longer of the bamboo benches shown here. If you like the natural wood look but want something sturdier than bamboo, then consider The Original Grate Teak Bench by AquaTeak.

Teak is generally more expensive than bamboo, but you can expect it to handle more weight and general wear and tear.

The benches made by Boxwood Woodworks are truly beautiful and top-knotch quality. They are handcrafted in Ohio and delivered fully assembled. You can customize the size and color of your bench with Boxwood prior to ordering and even make custom orders. No particle board or other engineered wood, they’re all made from solid natural wood.


Handmade Entryway Bench from Boxwood Woodworking
Entryway Bench from Boxwood Woodworking

Boxwood Woodworking Entryway Bench

You can get a completely custom bench from Boxwood Woodworking that’s handmade in the USA. They have a variety of bench options available and you can get a matching Cubbie Coat Rack.

Since these are made to order, expect to wait up to 2 weeks for your bench to be completed and shipped.


The customization options with the bench from Boxwood is most appealing if you plan to put the bench near your front door, or it’s otherwise prominently displayed and you’d like for it to match your decor.

For a more rustic look, the AquaTeak or Alaterre benches will fit your needs. Teak has a richer, darker color than bamboo. The three options we’ve mentioned so far are also going to be the most sturdy.

One of the common complaints with the bamboo benches is how much they creak when you sit down. Bamboo will flex and you may need to check the bolts for tightness occasionally, but they are reasonably sturdy. However, two adults would not want to sit on the bamboo bench. The main attraction with bamboo is their low cost.


bamboo shoe rack bench

SONGMICS Bamboo Shoe Bench

The center legs improve the stability and the single tier section is tall enough to guarantee you can fit even a pair or two of large boots.

  • Dimensions: 33.7″ L x 17.7″ H x 11.1″ W
  • 2 Tiers
  • Solid Bamboo
  • Weight Limit: 264 lbs

 

bamboo shoe rack bench
bamboo shoe rack bench

After studying reviews and manufacturer guidelines, we found bamboo to be the most concerning when it comes to weight. If you’re pushing the upper side of the weight limit, 264 lbs, then most bamboo benches aren’t for you.

Hey, at least that’s an excuse to spend more money on one of the other, more robust benches!


Alaterre Wood Bench

Alaterre Sonoma Rustic Natural Bench

This is a simple, but solid bench made with solid wood and a metal frame. It’s the sturdiest in this category. The single shelf isn’t a ton of storage, but it can hold just about any size shoe.

  • Dimensions: 48″ L x 18″ H x 14″ W
  • Weight Limit: 250+ lbs
  • Metal Legs, Solid Wood Top and Shelf
Alaterre Wood Bench

Teak Benches with Shelf Storage

Next up, we’re going to take a look at the solid teak wood benches from AquaTeak. These are one of the sturdiest options in this category, and they’re rich in color and texture.

These are some of the most popular benches from AquaTeak that have a variety of shapes and wood designs. These teak benches are beautiful and if these catch your eye, then check out our more in-depth article on teak benches. Many people use them in their walk-in showers or outdoors.

Original Grate Teak Bench

The Original Grate 36″ by AquaTeak

The Original Grate model is 36″ long with a barred frame for the seat and shelf.

  • 36″ L x 14″ W x 18″ H
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs
  • Adjustable, Gripping Rubber Feet
  • Weighs 26 lbs
Sumba Teak Bench

Sumba 30″ Teak Bench

The concave seat adds a little extra comfort over the Grate model and has a more natural wood look.

  • 30″ L x 12″ W x 18″
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs
  • Adjustable, Gripping Rubber Feet
  • Weighs 22 lbs
Original Spa Teak Bench

The Original Spa Teak Bench

This is a very popular model with wooden slats that allow for water drainage if you wanted to use this outdoors or in a shower.

  • 36″ L x 14″ W x 18″ H
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs
  • Adjustable, Gripping Rubber Feet
  • Weighs 22 lbs
Original Asia Teak Bench

The Original Asia Teak Bench

The angled design gives this bench is a throwback to the hip-and-gable roof found in East Asian architecture, hence the name.

  • 36″ L x 14″ W x 18″ H
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs
  • Adjustable, Gripping Rubber Feet
  • Weighs 35 lbs

Occasionally, you may want to touch-up the finish on your teak bench, which just means applying a coating of teak oil. This is something you might do yearly or every few years that brings back the original color of the teak. As you can imagine, getting into each and every crevice of the Grate model is a bit more involved than the others, but it’s not a huge problem as those areas aren’t very visible.

Unless your teak bench is out in the elements, there’s no requirement to apply teak oil to maintain the integrity of the wood. Sunlight, large temperature fluctuations, and lots of water can eventually damage any type of wood without proper treatment, and even then the wood still ages.

What About Cushions?

That’s right, you can make your bench more comfortable by adding a cushion.

There are tons of different color and size options available. The one pictured above is 36″ wide and will fit most of the teak benches above. Of course, you can find cushions to fit any of the benches on this page as well.


Entryway Benches with a Flip-Up Seat

Box-type storage benches give you the most flexibility for storing things of various sizes, like umbrellas and shoes. However, you often end up stacking things up which makes it difficult to reach things at the bottom of the pile.

Linon Laredo Storage Bench

Linon Laredo Storage Bench

This bench is made from a mixture of solid hardwood and wood composites.

  • Interior: 41.14″ L x 12.67″ W x 12.4″ H
  • Exterior: 46″ L x 17″ W x 25″ H
  • Weight: 45 lbs
  • 18″ Seat Height
Safavief Storage Bench

Safavieh Brisbane Storage Bench

There are a few different finish options available for this bench.  The Brisbane is made from acacia wood

  • Dimensions: 50″ L x 24″ W x 35.2″ H
  • Weight: 45 lbs
Cutler Entryway Storage Bench - Hidden Storage - Wood Frame w/ Black Finish

Southern Enterprises Cutler Entryway Bench

This bench is made from MDF and pine.  The seat is split in half and allows for opening one side while still sitting on the other.

  • Exterior: 45″ L x 19.25″ W x 26.25″ H
  • Seat Height: 15″
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs
  • Weighs 43 lbs
Simpli Home Amherst Bench

Simpli Home Amherst Entryway Bench

This bench is made from solid pine, not wood composites.  The quality of this bench is a step above the Lindon an Southern Enterprises models.

  • 2 Storage Comparments
  • Exterior: 48″ L x 17″ W x 28″ H
  • Interior: 44″ L x 26.4″ W x 10.8″ H
  • Seat Height: 16″
Linon Cynthia Storage Bench

Linon Cynthia Storage Bench

Simple and affordable.  This bench is made from wood composites and MDF.

  • Exterior: 50″ L x 17″ W x 32″ H
  • Weight: 52 lbs
  • Weight Limit: 200 lbs


Entryway Benches with Drawer Storage

Drawers are geared more towards storing tools or other miscellaneous items near your entryway or mudroom. Small shoes will likely not be an issue, but large boots are out of the question.

Baskets are another option that we’re including in this section since they function the same as drawers, but are easier to remove and clean if needed. Baskets also more efficiently occupy the storage space since there is no sliding mechanism and they aren’t rigid and can flex slightly to accommodate your shoes.

The Victoria Entryway Bench by Furniture of America is a great choice if you aren’t concerned with storing large pairs of shoes and also want some small drawers for miscellaneous items.

The Simply Home Burlington, Dakota, and Sea Mills offer a variety of styles to pick from. The Sea Mills is the longest of the three, with the Dakota a close second. Each cubby on the Sea Mills will not likely fit a large size men’s shoe. The combination of cubbies and drawers lets you keep all sorts of gadgets you occasionally need in the small drawers, but you will be limited on shoe storage.

Furniture of America Victoria Entryway Bench


Furniture of America Victoria Entryway Bench with Baskets

Shoes can go in the baskets and other misc items can go in the drawers. There is a 42″ and 60″ model available.

  • Solid Wood
  • Exterior: 23″ W x 42″ L x 15.25″ H
  • 3 Drawers and 3 Baskets
  • Weight Limit: 300 lbs
  • Basket: 14.5″ W x 11″ D x 7.75″ H
Simpli Home Burlington Entryway Bench

Simpli Home Burlington Entryway Bench

The two large drawers mean less chopped up space, so you’ll be able to store larger shoes than the bench above. This is another solid pine bench; no wood composites.

  • Exterior: 42″ L x 17″ W x 29″ H
  • Weights 47 lbs
Simpli Home Dakota Entryway Bench

Simpli Home Dakota Entryway Bench

Baskets are easy to remove and keep clean. They also help keep shoes separated and avoids piles of shoes you have to dig through.

  • Solid Pine
  • Dark Exeter Brown Stain
  • Seats 2 comfortably
  • Exterior: 48″ L x 18″ W x 29.5″ H
  • Weighs 55 lbs
Simpli Home Sea Mills Entryway Bench

Simpli Home Sea Mills Entryway Bench

The 5 shoe storage cubbies can fit typical tennis shoes or flip-flops, but large boots are not possible.

  • Solid Pine
  • Exterior: 47.2″ L x 17″ W x 29.5″ H
  • Cubbies: 8.2″ W x 15.15″ D x 6.9″ H
  • Drawers: 19″ W x 13.2″ D x 3.15″ H
Safavieh Lonan Storage Bench

Safavieh Lonan Storage Bench

The cushion is 100% Canvas and you have several color options to choose from. Made from solid pine wood. Largest baskets on this list.

  • Exterior: 47″ L x 16″ W x 20″ H
  • Wicker Baskets: 13.75″ D x 13.5″ W x 11″ H


Entryway Benches with Cabinet Storage

Benches with cabinet storage are a great way to store shoes and more. The Simpli Home model is made of solid pine and has more finish options than the Baxton models.

The Baxton entryway benches are a great budget option but are made from engineered wood.

The Lakeville by Linon has soft colors that complement a bright to neutral color scheme. The combination of shelves and cabinets means you can put smaller shoes on the easy-to-access shelves, while also keeping large boots in the cabinets.

Simpli Home AXWSH006-GR Warm Shaker Solid Wood 44 inch wide Rustic Entryway Storage Bench in Distressed Grey


Simpli Home Warm Shaker Entryway Storage Bench

This bench could be put in entryways or bedrooms. The quality is superb and the finishes are varied enough that you can match them with any decor.

  • Color Options: Tobacco Brown, Honey Brown, Distressed Grey (pictured)
  • 3 doors and a storage area with shelves
  • 44″ L x 18″ W x 22″ H
  • Weight: 56 lbs
Baxton Studios Sheffield Cushioned Bench


Baxton Studios Sheffield Cushioned Bench

Engineered wood with Dark Brown Wood Paper Veneer. Foam padded seat with faux leather.

  • 4 Cubbies behind 2 Doors
  • Exterior: 29.5″ L x 14.7″ W x 19.4″ H
  • Shelves are removable.
Linon Lakeville Storage Bench


Linon Lakeville Storage Bench

Gray, slate blue polyester and linen upholstered seat. Made from solid wood and MDF.

  • Sliding Doors
  • 82% Polyester and 18% Linen
  • Exterior: 45″ L x 17″ W x 20.98″ H
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs
  • Weight: 68 lbs
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Crosley Furniture Palmetto Entryway Bench

This bench has a more traditional look and optionally comes in either espresso or white.

  • Solid hardwood with wood veneer
  • Louvered Panel Doors
  • Exterior: 47.2″ L x 18″ W x 21.5″ H

 Entryway Benches with Cushioned Seating

Each one of these benches have cushioned seating, but have a variety of different types of storage. If you’re looking for affordability then the ClosetMaid is a great option. The Winsome Townsend is also affordable and has large cubbies.

If you’re looking to store small items, and not just shoes, then the hidden storage under the top of the Real Simple Split-Top Bench is an excellent choice.

The Sole Secret Ottoman is great for an entryway or bedroom. The variety of color and size options 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.

Simpli Home Cosmopolitan Storage Ottoman Bench


Simpli Home Cosmopolitan Storage Ottoman Bench

  • Color Options: Deep Olive, Espresso Brown, Midnight Black, Radicchio Red
  • Tufted and stitched Tanners Brown faux leather
  • Exterior: 17″ W x 44″ L x 18″ H
  • Storage compartment under lid.
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs
ClosetMaid 1570 Cubeicals 3-Cube Storage Bench

ClosetMaid 1570 Cubeicals 3-Cube Storage Bench

Simple and comfortable. The cubbies will easily fit just about any size shoe

  • Polyester Cushion
  • Cubbies (each): 11.25″ W x 11.75″ D x 11.25″ H
  • Exterior: 14″ W x 35.25″ L x 18.5″ H
  • Finishes Available: White, Dark Cherry, Espresso, Natural Gray
Winsome Townsend Bench with Black Cushion Seat

Winsome Townsend Bench with Black Cushion Seat

This bench is similar to the ClosetMaid above, but the storage is more divided. If you don’t have tall boots to store, this may be a better option, since you won’t be piling shoes on top of each other.

  • Top Cubbies(each): 10″ W x 11.42″ D x 6.69″ H
  • Bottom Cubbies(each): 10″ W x 11.77″ D x 7.24″ H
  • Exterior: 33.70″ W x 12.52″ D x 19.17″ H
    Weight limit: about 250 lbs
The Sole Secret Tufted Ottoman

The Sole Secret Tufted Ottoman

Multiple color options available that will match any decor. This is the longest bench with the most storage in this category.

  • 14 Individual Shoe Slots
  • Fits up to Men’s Size 12 or Women’s Size 14
  • Exterior: 17″ W x 50″ L x 20″ H
  • Dividers are removable
  • Hydraulic arms for easy opening and closing.


Entryway Benches with Coat Rack or Hooks

There are a ton of options available in this category, but we’re going to look at three models. 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.

These models are a combination of a bench, shelves, and coat hooks. There are models designed to fit into a corner or just against a wall.

Homestar with 3-Shelf Hall Tree

Homestar with 3-Shelf Hall Tree

A very traditional black metal and natural wood design with excellent reviews, and an affordable price.

  • Metal frame; Top and Middle Shelf made from wood composite.
  • Dimensions: 15.7″ W x 39″ L x 70.9″ H
  • 5 Hooks and 3 Shelves
Kings Brand Corner Rack & Bench

Kings Brand Corner Rack & Bench

In the same vein as the SEI model above, this rack and bench combo is all metal with elegant detailing.  This model is made to sit in a 90 degree corner

  • 6 Hooks and 2 Shelves
  • Dimensions: 18.5″ W x 18.5″ L x 70.5″ H
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs

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