Oh, and in case you were wondering, our project supervisor was on the job, inspecting every last detail (only the best will do for his Stephanie):
Making a bench like this allows for customization. Stephanie needed a specific size to fit on the wall between her entry door and the other furniture in the apartment's opening room. To make this bench a custom length, you could use a longer or shorter wooden board and lower connecting base pipe; all other components and steps for putting it together remain the same. Something like this could be shortened to make individual seats or stools — or lengthened to make a bench spanning the full side of a dining table.
For the feet of the bench, we tried out a fun hack — trimming down a few corks from bottles of bubbly we'd saved. After a couple swipes with the box knife, they slid right into the openings of the bench's leg pipes and the end result turned out really well. We like how they provide a little visual interest, but also protect the wood floors and carpet from scratches and marks:
As with most projects around here, it wasn't long after we started shooting the final pictures of this bench that our oblivious model walked right into the frame, striking a pose that looked like something out of Garden & Gun magazine:
Then he just made himself comfortable on the rug, since we were all just "hanging out" up here in Stephanie's now-empty room, right?
Oh Basil, you never cease to bring a smile to our faces.
Head on over to eHow to find our full tutorial with step-by-step instructions and exact materials list for making one of these entry benches for your own space.