Hi guys! With organization as this month’s theme for our West Elm Knock Off Series, it seemed like a no-brainer to create some storage and organization for our front entryway with an entryway organizer. I’ve been searching for the perfect stylish yet functional piece yet everything I found comes with a hefty price tag. This wood and pipe entryway organizer caught my eye. It’s cute and functional but I knew I could DIY something similar for a much lower cost.
An Entryway Organizer You can Build Yourself
This entryway organizer is pretty large and by DIYing this project we were able to create a custom piece that fit our family’s needs. We saved just over $300 by making it ourselves and after two-plus years we’re still using this piece every single day.
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- (2) 36 in. long 1/2 in. galvanized threaded steel pipe
- (2) 48 in. long 1/2 in. galvanized threaded steel pipe
- (2) 10 in. long 1/2 in. galvanized threaded steel pipe
- (2) 5 in. long 1/2 in. galvanized threaded steel pipe
- (2) 3 in. long 1/2 in. galvanized threaded steel pipe
- (4) 2 in. long 1/2 in. galvanized threaded steel pipe
- (6) 1/2 in. galvanized steel pipe tees
- (6) 1/2 in. galvanized steel pipe flanges
- (4) 1/2 in. galvanized steel pipe caps
- (2) 1/2 in. galvanized steel pipe 90 degree elbows
- (3) 2 in. x 6 in. wood planks cut to 41 in.
- (3) 2 in. x 6 in. wood planks cut to 36 in.
- (1) 1 in. x 4 in. wood plank cut to 40 in.
- (2) 1/2 in. conduit straps (this holds the tree portion to the pipe)
- (5) wall hooks
- black spray paint
- Kreg jig
- Pocket Screws
- Drill – this is the one we have and love
- Minwax stain with Polyurethane in Mission Oak – I like this because it’s a stain and poly in one.
Entryway organizer assembly tutorial:
I know the supply list is really intimidating but this project isn’t difficult. It does require quite a bit of assembly of the pipe but the pieces come together really quickly.
[not pictured] First, you’ll want to cut your wood and join the three boards together using a Kreg Jig and pocket screws to create the bench and the bottom shelf. Ps – this was my very first time using the Kreg Jig and I was amazed at how easy it was to use and how easy to made the process of meeting joints. Total win!
After you’ve created the bench and shelf, give it a good sand. Since we have a little person and a dog running around here, I didn’t want any sharp edges so I made sure to sand the edges really well. After sanding I stained both the bench and shelf with Minwax stain. Then I set it aside to dry while I assembled the pipe portion.
We purchased all galvanized steel pipe so I had to spray paint it before using. Before I sprayed it black, I removed all the labels (super annoying task) and wiped down each piece of pipe really well. Then I sprayed (evidently not well – see next photo) all pieces with black spray paint.
In the above photo, you can see how we assembled the legs and tree. The tree is simply two 48 inch pieces attached to a 36-inch piece using two elbows.
The assembly of the back legs are in the second photo, and the front legs are in the third photo. The tees above the 2-inch pipes create a ledge for the bottom shelf.
Here you can see how the legs were assembled. Carefully, measuring the distance from each corner, we attached the legs using the flanges, making sure that all of the tees faced inward.
After the bench was assembled, we added the bottom shelf.
The top portion of the entryway organizer connected to the bench using the last two flanges. We attached the flanges, then screwed in the long 48 inch pipes.
The last step was to attach the hooks onto the 1×4 and then attach it to the pipe. We did this using two conduit straps, one of each side. They just strap over the piece and screw into the wood.
Two year update: I’m amazed at how much use this piece of furniture even after two years. It houses all of the girls’ shoes in the baskets below and we hang coats on the hooks above. It has also become the drop zone for all of my things so I usually drop my bag, keys, and sunglasses along with the mail or whatever else is in my hands when I walk through the door. The girls know to put their shoes away in the basket when we come inside so it keeps the entryway clear. This piece really does its job!
Here are some more ideas for entryway benches that offer storage.
This project has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.
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And guys, there are even more West Elm organizing projects to try out! My buddies each are sharing their West Elm organizing Knock Off Projects today as well! Be sure to check them all out!
TINY SIDEKICK – WEST ELM INSPIRED NOTICE BOARD
PLACE OF MY TASTE – WEST ELM DIY DEEP PICTURE LEDGE
MAKING HOME BASE – WOOD AND PIPE ENTRYWAY STAND
HOUSE OF WOOD –WEST ELM INSPIRED RECLAIMED CUBBY SHELF
HOME MADE BY CARMONA – ACRYLIC SIDED SHELF KNOCK OFF