DIY Entry Table with Cubby Storage
If you have room in your entry for a table and need some flexible storage space, you should make your own DIY entry table with cubby storage! Thanks to DAP for sponsoring this post, all opinions are ours.
We are big fans of an organized entryway and coat closet area, and we love the flexible storage that large cubbies give our growing family. When we needed some additional storage in our home, we knew we wanted to design something that would fit the large 13″ storage bins we love from IKEA, but with a less boxy style than the popular KALLAX shelf (even with the style boost we gave it here).
We combined the storage we wanted with a sleeker mid-century modern profile to build this DIY entry table with cubby storage. The 4 fixed cube shelves fit large cube storage bins. The closed cabinet features 2 adjustable shelves, give us so much hidden storage space that is still very easily accessible.
Watch the video and grab the woodworking plans below to build your own!
Building a DIY Entry Table with Cubby Storage
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Multipurpose Storage Console
We love this storage table, but it’s not just an entry console… it’s also a baby changing table for our cutest new addition! (If you haven’t been keeping up, see more of our cute family in our Instagram stories.)
We’ll be sharing the plans to build the changing table topper add-on soon. Bonus: the changing table organizer converts to the wall shelf you see here!
This console is finished and beautiful on all sides, so you can use it in the center of a room as a room divider, or in the kitchen as a small kitchen island, too.
This mid-century style DIY entry table uses both rabbets and dadoes in construction, rather than using pocket holes or biscuit joinery like many of our other woodworking plans.
With that skill set in mind, this is a good build for
- advanced beginners who are ready to improve their skills
- intermediate builders who want to practice joinery techniques
- experienced builders who are familiar and comfortable with creating dado and rabbet joints
In addition to basic woodworking skills, this woodworking plan also requires a table saw and accessories for getting straight, accurate cuts (see materials list below) as well as a dado blade set *or* a router and blade.
Ready to improve your table saw skills? Build a table saw workbench!
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The cost of building the console will vary depending on the lumber and hardware you choose. We used a really nice maple cabinet-grade plywood, so a less expensive plywood would lower the overall cost. We spent about $190 on lumber and another $30 on hardware, for a total of roughly $220 to build this console.
Love the colorful rug in our entryway? Find it here.
We also used IKEA UTRUSTA hardware for the hinges and door damper; they are pretty affordable but can be swapped for another option if you prefer. The large IKEA storage boxes cost as little as $4 for a fabric DRÖNA bin, up to about $12 each for the rattan baskets we used (not included in the total price).
TIP: Many other stores (including Target, Walmart, and Big Lots) are now carrying similarly sized 13-inch storage bins, for those who don’t have an IKEA nearby.
DIY Entry Table Materials List
- (2) 96 x 48” x 3/4” – Cabinet Grade Plywood (I upgraded to a really nice maple plywood)*
- (9) 96 x 1½” x ¾” – 1×2 Select Pine Boards for Face Frame
- (1) Cabinet Door Knob
- (2) IKEA UTRUSTA 153 degree Hinges
- (2) IKEA UTRUSTA Door damper, for hinge 153 °
- (2) Cabinet Latches (optional)
*PLEASE NOTE that most plywood labeled 3/4″ is actually slightly less. We used actual measurement .703″ plywood, which is about 11/16″. To fit this plywood thickness, the rabbet joints are 11/16″ and the shelf dadoes are 3/4″.
Additional Supplies Needed
- DAP Wood Glue
- DAP Wood Patch
- Paint and Primer of your choice
- Wood Stain
- Clear Coat Finish
My table saw workbench made building this console with accurate cuts a breeze! Get the plans to build your workbench here.
To create the rabbet joints and dado joints, you will need either a table saw with a dado blade kit *or* a handheld router with a 3/4″ router blade.
- Table Saw
- Circular Saw
- Miter Saw
- 24 -30 In. Clamp Edge And Saw Guide
- 24 In. Clamp Edge And Saw Guide (this is the one in the video)
- Diablo Plywood Saw Blade for Table Saw
- Diablo Plywood Saw Blade for Circular Saw
- Dado Blade Kit (optional)
- Handheld Router
- ¾” Router Blade
- Clamp-It® Corner Clamping Jig with Clamp-It® Assembly Square
- 36″ Bar Clamps
- Spring Clamps
- Toggle Clamps
- Straight Boards for Router Guides
- Pin Nail Gun
- Pin Nails
- Rockler 3-Piece Silicone Glue Application Kit
- Tape Measure
- Sanding Block
- Sandpaper 120 and 220 sheets
- Putty Knife
Click here to purchase the DIY Entry Table with Cubby Storage woodworking plans
See more from our Birch House renovations here.
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thank you for the nice idea! I was thinking about some flexible storage space and your article was really helpful!