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Build a DIY Entryway Cabinet – Step-by-Step Guide

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Imagine walking into your home and being greeted by a beautifully organized and stylish entryway cabinet, a place where you can easily store your belongings and keep your space clutter-free. Sounds amazing, right? What if we told you that you could create this functional and aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture all by yourself? In this blog post, we’ll guide you through a step-by-step process to build a DIY entryway cabinet that will not only add value to your home but also make it more inviting for you and your guests.

From planning and designing the cabinet to gathering the necessary materials, constructing the frame, creating doors and drawers, and finally, painting or staining to enhance its appearance, we’ve got you covered. Ready to embark on this exciting DIY project? Let’s get started!

Key Takeaways

  • Plan and assess your space for the perfect DIY entryway cabinet.
  • Choose a style that complements existing decor and determine storage requirements.
  • Gather materials, tools, hardware & accessories to construct an attractive frame with doors & drawers – then finish it off with paint/stain and decorative accents!

Planning Your DIY Entryway Cabinet

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A successful DIY hallway cabinet project starts with meticulous planning. Tailoring the design of the hallway cabinet to the available space, style, and storage needs allows you to craft a functional and aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture that enhances your home’s entryway.

So, where do we start? The initial steps involve assessing the available space, selecting a style, and identifying the storage needs for your cabinet.

Built-in Cabinets

Built-in cabinets are an excellent solution for optimizing space and adding functionality to your home. Built-in cabinets, as the name suggests, are custom-made storage units that are seamlessly integrated into the existing architecture of a room. These cabinets can be designed to fit any space, whether it’s a living room, kitchen, bedroom, or even a home office. They are tailored to your specific needs and preferences, ensuring that every inch of available space is utilized efficiently. With built-in cabinets, you can achieve a clutter-free and organized living environment while also enhancing the aesthetics of your home. Whether you’re looking to create a cozy reading nook, a stylish entertainment center, or a sleek kitchen storage solution, built-in cabinets offer endless possibilities to transform your living spaces.

Assessing the Space

For a perfect fit of your DIY entryway cabinet, it’s imperative to note the width, height, and depth of the installation space. Measure the area carefully and jot down the dimensions. Double-check your measurements to guarantee success, whether it’s for an entryway cabinet or a family room cabinet.

Keep in mind any challenges or noteworthy elements to consider while designing, such as accommodating storage for items like toilet paper in your entryway cabinet.

Choosing a Style

With the dimensions in hand, the next step is choosing a suitable style for your entryway cabinet. The desired style should perfectly complement the existing decor, including the cabinet fronts. There are various styles of DIY entryway cabinets that will make your entryway look incredible, including:

  • Built-in cabinets with tall lockers
  • Open benches and cubby shelves
  • Cabinets with extra storage and a budget-friendly makeover
  • Cabinets with a focus on decor, lighting, and small space storage
  • Cabinets that create a welcoming and beautiful entryway space

You can find more inspiring ideas and tips on websites like Pinterest, Angela Marie Made, Woodshop Diaries, and A Piece of Rainbow.

Determining Storage Requirements

Consider the specific storage needs for your entryway, such as:

  • Shoes
  • Coats
  • Bags
  • Other items

To ensure the cabinet design will accommodate them, you can easily add shelves, cubbies, hooks, and compartments for shoes, coats, bags, and other items to make your entryway more organized and inviting.

By thoughtfully designing the linen cabinet storage to include the necessary features, you’ll create a functional and attractive addition to your home.

Gathering Materials and Tools

A woodshop diaries project showing how to build cabinets

Before you embark on the cabinet building process, ensure you have all the necessary materials and tools for a successful DIY entryway cabinet project. This includes:

  • Plywood
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Wood glue
  • Any desired hardware like knobs or handles to give your entryway cabinet a personalized touch.

You can also find great unfinished cabinet box options at Home Depot to get your project started.

Selecting the Right Wood

Selecting an appropriate wood type is vital for both the durability and appearance of your entryway cabinet. You can use a variety of woods, such as:

  • Cedar
  • Pine
  • Oak
  • Birch
  • Hickory
  • Maple

All of which will help you create a stunning piece.

Each type of wood has its pros and cons; for instance, pine is easy to work with but prone to warping and splitting, while oak is strong and durable but can be costly. Consider the desired finish and your budget when selecting the right wood for your cabinet project.

Choosing Hardware and Accessories

Selecting the right hardware and accessories can significantly improve the functionality and aesthetic of your entryway cabinet, making it a great addition to your home. To craft a stunning DIY entryway cabinet, you’ll need:

  • Hinges
  • Handles or knobs
  • Drawer slides (if applicable)
  • Screws or nails for assembly
  • Optional accessories such as hooks or baskets for extra storage.

Wood glue and a nail gun are essential for firmly attaching the front face to the cabinet, while also minimizing the appearance of nail holes. Using wood filler can help conceal any remaining nail holes for a flawless finish. We used inset, frameless European door hinges for a sleek, polished look.

Essential Tools for Cabinet Building

Having the right tools on hand can make your cabinet building process a breeze. Some essential tools for building an entryway cabinet include:

  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Circular saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Compressor & nail gun
  • Orbital sander
  • Jigsaw
  • Router

Make sure to follow proper safety precautions and use the tools correctly to ensure the best results for your DIY entryway cabinet project.

Constructing the Entryway Cabinet Frame

A DIY hallway cabinet frame being assembled with wood glue and basic tools

With all the materials and tools ready, you can commence the construction of the entryway cabinet frame. This involves cutting the wood pieces, assembling the frame, and securing the frame to the wall.

Follow our step-by-step guide below to create a sturdy and attractive cabinet frame on a cabinet base.

Cutting the Wood Pieces

Begin by accurately measuring and marking the desired lengths for each piece of wood, then use a miter saw and a table saw to cut the wood pieces. Label the parts for easy organization during the assembly process.

Remember to ensure accuracy by double checking your measurements, as this will provide you with the confidence you need for a successful outcome.

Assembling the Frame

With all the wood pieces cut, it’s time to assemble the cabinet frame. Here’s how:

  1. Start by laying the back cabinet board on a level surface.
  2. Clamp the first side frame to the back cabinet board.
  3. Attach the remaining side frame.
  4. Secure the plywood panels to the legs using 1 1/4” pocket hole screws.

To ensure the best result when assembling the wood pieces, light sanding will help achieve a smooth surface. Assemble the pieces on a perfectly even surface for a sturdy and reliable outcome.

Securing the Frame to the Wall

After assembling the cabinet frame, it’s critical to firmly fix it to the wall to enhance stability. Attach the cabinet frame to the wall studs using 3’’ self-tapping screws and an impact driver. Make sure there is a tight, secure fit. If necessary, remove the baseboards before installing the built-in cabinet to ensure a seamless fit.

After the door frame is firmly attached to the wall, you can move on to constructing the cabinet doors and drawers.

DIY Bedroom Cabinets

If you’re looking to optimize your bedroom storage while adding a touch of personalization, DIY bedroom cabinets are the perfect solution. DIY bedroom cabinets allow you to customize your storage space to fit your unique needs and style preferences. Whether you have a small bedroom and need space-saving solutions or simply want to enhance the aesthetics of your room, creating your own bedroom cabinets can be a rewarding project.

One of the key advantages of tackling DIY bedroom cabinets is the opportunity to select the materials and design that complement your existing decor. You can choose the wood type, color, and finish that harmonizes with your bedroom’s ambiance, ensuring a cohesive look. Additionally, by building your cabinets, you can maximize the use of every available inch in your bedroom, ensuring no space goes to waste.

Creating Cabinet Doors and Drawers

A hallway cabinet with cabinet doors and drawer slides

The subsequent step in your DIY entryway cabinet project involves crafting the cabinet doors and drawers. This involves designing the doors, building the drawers, and installing the hardware.

Follow our guide below to ensure a professional-looking finish for your cabinet doors and drawers.

Designing Cabinet Doors

Determine the desired design for your cabinet doors that will complement the chosen style of your entryway cabinet. Consider various designs and materials, such as glass inserts, raised or recessed panels, or a simple flat-panel design.

Ensure that the doors are made from suitable materials, keeping in mind that MDF wood cannot be used for staining. You can find more inspiring ideas and tips on websites like:

  • Pinterest
  • Angela Marie Made
  • Woodshop Diaries
  • A Piece of Rainbow

Building Drawers

Constructing functional drawers for your entryway cabinet involves measuring, cutting, and assembling the components. Start by measuring the parts carefully and cutting them from the plywood. Label the parts for easy organization during the assembly process.

Assemble the drawer box by applying wood glue and 1 1/4-inch pocket screws through the pocket holes, making sure all sides are square for a perfect finish. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for installing drawer slides, ensuring a 1/2-inch clearance on each side for optimal performance.

Installing Hardware

The final step in creating your cabinet doors and drawers is to install the necessary hardware, such as hinges, handles, and drawer slides. We opted for slow-close hardware for the cabinet doors, which not only adds a touch of luxury but also increases the lifespan of the doors.

Be sure to read the instructions carefully that come with the hardware for successful installation. Test the cabinet doors and drawers to ensure they are securely installed and functioning properly.

Finishing Touches: Painting and Staining

A DIY hallway cabinet with paint and trim pieces

With your entryway cabinet constructed and assembled, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Properly finishing the cabinet with paint or stain not only enhances its appearance but also protects the wood from wear and tear.

Whether you choose a smooth, glossy paint finish or a more natural-looking stain, the final result will be a beautiful and functional addition to your home.

Preparing the Surface

Before you apply paint or stain, prepare the wood surface through the following steps:

  1. Sand the wood surface with fine-grit sandpaper, using a circular motion for maximum effectiveness.
  2. Clean the wood surface to remove any dust or debris.
  3. Apply a primer or wood conditioner to ensure even absorption of the paint or stain.

Clean the wood surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris. Apply a primer or wood conditioner to the wood surface with a brush or roller, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Applying Paint or Stain

Choose a paint or stain color that complements your entryway cabinet’s style and the existing decor of your home. Apply a thin coat of paint or stain using a brush or roller, ensuring even coverage. Allow the first coat to dry before applying a second coat for a professional-looking finish.

Be sure to clean up any spills with a damp cloth to keep your finish looking pristine. Inspect the finish for any drips or unevenness and touch up as needed for a flawless result.

Sealing and Protecting the Cabinet

An image of a DIY entryway cabinet being sealed and protected with a clear coat finish.

Once the paint or stain is applied, seal and protect the entryway cabinet with a clear topcoat or polyurethane. This protective layer safeguards the wood from moisture and wear and tear, as well as boosts its aesthetic appeal.

Apply the topcoat or polyurethane using a brush or cloth, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the sealer to dry completely before using your entryway cabinet.

Organizing and Decorating Your Entryway Cabinet

A hallway cabinet with storage solutions and decorative accents

With the completion of your DIY entryway cabinet, the next step is to organize and decorate it to establish a welcoming and functional space. By adding storage solutions like adjustable shelves, hooks, and baskets, you can personalize your cabinet to accommodate your specific needs.

Additionally, incorporating decorative accents like artwork, mirrors, and lighting can help to make your entryway cabinet a focal point in your home.

Storage Solutions

Maximize the storage potential of your entryway cabinet by adding adjustable shelves, hooks, and baskets. These organizational solutions can help to store items like hats, scarves, and gloves, keeping your entryway clutter-free and inviting.

By thoughtfully arranging these storage features, you’ll create a functional and attractive addition to your home that caters to your specific needs, providing more storage.

DIY Built-In Dining Room Cabinets

DIY built-in dining room cabinets not only offer ample storage space for your dinnerware and accessories but also add a touch of sophistication to your dining area. With the right materials, tools, and a bit of creativity, you can design custom cabinets that perfectly suit your space and style. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a beginner, this project allows you to showcase your craftsmanship and personalize your dining room’s ambiance. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to craft these elegant and practical additions to your home.

Decorative Accents

Personalize your entryway cabinet with decorative accents such as artwork, mirrors, and lighting. These stylish elements can enhance the overall aesthetic of your cabinet and create a welcoming atmosphere in your entryway.

Consider unique or custom handmade pieces from Etsy, accent cabinet or console tables, farmhouse-style doors, foyer decor, furniture, and rugs to truly make your entryway cabinet stand out.


In conclusion, building a DIY entryway cabinet can be a rewarding project that adds value and functionality to your home. By carefully planning and designing the cabinet, gathering the necessary materials and tools, constructing the frame, creating doors and drawers, and applying the finishing touches, you can transform your entryway into a welcoming and organized space.

So, why wait any longer? Embark on this exciting DIY project and create a stunning entryway cabinet that reflects your unique style and meets your storage needs. Your home and guests will thank you for it!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make a storage cabinet look built in?

Add legs or feet to the base cabinet, use trim between two boxes and detail the inside of open cabinets for a custom furniture look that will make your storage cabinet appear built in.

This look can be achieved with minimal effort and cost. With a few simple steps, you can transform your storage cabinet into a piece of custom furniture that will add style and sophistication to your home.

How do you paint a hallway cupboard?

Spray on a few coats of paint and let dry for 2 hours in between each coat.

Sand between each coat for texture, and mix the paint with water to thin it out prior to spraying.

How do you use narrow kitchen cabinets?

Narrow kitchen cabinets can be used to store spices, oils, and vinegars, slide in cutting boards and baking sheets, organize pot and pan lids, contain foils and wraps, and store pot holders and oven mitts.

Maximizing vertical storage by stacking items or using drawers or shelves is a great way to make the best use of limited space.

How can I ensure the entryway cabinet is firmly attached to the wall?

Ensure your entryway cabinet is firmly attached to the wall by using construction screws and brackets.

What type of wood should I use for my entryway cabinet?

For an eye-catching entryway cabinet, choose from the stunning range of woods available such as cedar, pine, oak, birch, hickory and maple.

Andrea Michelle Hunter
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