How to Build a Bedroom Hutch or Mudroom Hutch with DIY PETE


In this video tutorial DIY PETE will show you how to build a wood hutch. These hutches are great to use in a children’s bedroom, a sports themed room, an entryway, or mudroom. The storage hutches have plenty of room for everything! Learn how to build your own mudroom hutch out of plywood, 1×4’s, 1×2’s, and 1×12’s. Paint it to match your favorite NFL team using Glidden’s NFL team color paint found here: – Or give it a distressed finish to match the entryway. Have fun with the build!

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Measure and cut the plywood down to size for the lower bench and cubbies. Cut the bench top and lower portion out of the first sheet. Cut the remaining 6 pieces from the second sheet of plywood. I’d recommend using a circular saw and a straight edge to help with the process.

Drill the pocket holes on the top and bottom side of the 4 smaller boards. Drill pocket holes only on the top sides of the two larger end boards. Note that I have three pocket holes showing on the front side of the board on the right hand side of the photo below. That was a mistake. Yes, I too make mistakes! Use a ruler and a straight edge to evenly space out all boards. I’d recommend using wood glue in addition to the 1 1/4 inch kreg screws.

Attach 1×4’s to the base of the lower unit. This gives it a nice bold look and strengthens the furniture. Attach the 1×4’s using pocket holes and Kreg Jig screws. Cut 1×2 trim with a miter saw and then attach using a nailer. I’ve been using Ryobi Airstrike Nailers and have been super impressed with them. They are battery powered so I don’t have to deal with cords and air compressor noise.

Now it’s time to work on the upper section of the hutch. I used 1x12x6 boards and cut them down to size. A straight edge and a circular saw will work well. You could also use a miter saw. Refer to downloadable plans for more info and photos. Next figure out the spacing you’d like for each locker. I made the two lockers with 20 inches between the boards. Attach the verticals when you have the correct spacing.

Use 1×4 boards to connect the verticals to each other on the bottom side. You can see I drilled pocket holes facing down so I could connect the upper unit to the lower bench after completing the project and moving it into the house. Install shelves that you’ve cut from the 1×12 boards. Drill 3 pocket holes on both the left and right underside. Then attach using screws and glue. I ran a bead of blue along the 1×4 support on which the shelf rests on.

Measure and cut bead board to use as paneling for the back of the hutch. One 4×8 sheet is not quite enough so I had to buy two of them. I’d recommend cutting them into sections to cover the top unit and lower section separately. This way you can move the furniture in two separate pieces. Otherwise you’d have a tough time fitting them through a door 🙂 Refer to downloadable plans for more info and photos.

It’s time to paint or stain your project! If you plan on painting it in honor of your favorite NFL team I’d highly recommend using NFL Team Colors Paint made by Glidden. You can buy it at your local Home Depot. The Home Depot in Bozeman, Montana loves using NFL Team Color Paint as well and they painted logos for their favorite teams as well! Although the hutch I built is decked out in Denver Broncos colors, you can paint or stain this hutch to work in any part of your home.

Once you’ve completed painting or staining the hutch, let it dry and then move move it into your home in the two sections. Once in place, attach the upper unit to the bench using Kreg Jig screws. You could use flat metal brackets if you’d prefer. Below is a photo of the hutch being used in a kid’s bedroom. Plenty of room for toys, shoes, and gear!
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Pete Sveen
1627 W Main Street Suite 182
Bozeman, Montana 59715