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I was tired of the miscellaneous shoes laying at the back door, so I began the search for the best storage bench for the mudroom. There are as many different styles of storage benches as your imagination can create. Some are more suited for a formal entrance hallway, and that was not what I needed.
I needed something that would hold shoes and boot, plus provide a durable seat.
I know, I said I didn't want something formal looking that would be better suited for an entrance hallway, but I love the rustic look of this storage bench. It has the added benefit of the coat hooks. The cubbies are a little bigger than some units I looked at (5.75 inches high x 10.25 inches wide x 13.5 inches deep). Overall, the dimensions are 18.8" Depth X 40" Width X 67" Height. Another benefits is that there are additional pieces of furniture available made in the same style. It is wood veneer over press wood.
This storage bench is simple and keeps the shoes hidden inside the bench, although they would could easily become a jumbled mess inside. The dimensions are 48" wide x 17" deep x 25.5" height. It does come disassembled, like all of these units, but is made of real wood and not press wood like some of the others. For extra stability, their is a 5th foot under the middle of the bench, so it won't sag in the middle - another plus!
This unit is a little smaller than some of the others (19.75 inches high x 32 inches wide x 12.75 inches deep ). Although there are 10 cubbies, they appear to be very small. The drawers are very small and I can't really think of what I would put in them, gloves, maybe? I'm not sure about the cushion on the bench
This is in the "handmade" category, but I love the open shelves, I can see it's real wood, it's 42 inches long, and the craftsman offers to modify the size or color. I think this might be just perfect. It is 18 inches tall and 14 inches deep.
What I love about this bench is the high and low levels for adults and children. It doesn't have individual cubbies, but it will hold about 5 pairs of adult shoes and one pair of boots in the 44 1/8"L x 11 1/8"W x 17 3/4"H unit. It holds up to 220 lbs. and is made of bamboo, so don't be surprised if it creaks a little when you sit on it, although it feels sturdy. If you are a tall person, the 17 3/4" height might be a little low for you, but it is fine for my family. Since I'm not in a rush, waiting for the 2-4 weeks for it to be custom made is not a real issue for me - an there is no assembly required!!