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My wife is Japanese, and the tradition there is to take your shoes off when you enter a home. It’s a great idea, especially if you have light colored carpeting that you want to keep clean or you don’t want to grind grit into your nice hardwood floors. When I started woodworking over 20 years ago one of my wife’s first requests was for a shoe storage cabinet, or what the Japanese call a “getabako”. So, I came up with the idea of making a shoe storage bench. This gives you a nice place to store your shoes and a great place to sit while you take them off or put them on. Since then we have made our benches for customers all over the U.S.

We call this model our Nuribako II Shoe Bench. In Japanese "nuri" means painted and "bako" means box. This bench is constructed of 3/4" thick Baltic Birch plywood with a durable water based acrylic finish. The sides are painted with industrial enamel. This particular unit has black painted sides. We can also make this shoe bench in all clear finish or other colors.

All of the parts of this bench are 3/4" thick including the back, so it is strong enough to easily hold a 300 lb. man. In fact, we have had two 200 lbs. men sitting on one with no problems. I would not try that with the particleboard junk coming from China.

This compact shoe bench is ideal for small foyers, entryways, or mudrooms. The shelf is adjustable and removable.

The bench holds about 8 pairs of adult shoes. These shoe benches are shipped as Ready-To-Assemble, but we assemble and disassemble each one in our studio to make sure that everything fits together perfectly. Assembly only requires a Philips screwdriver. We design and build everything to be high quality, so we use only the best all metal Hafele RTA hardware with brass inserts for the connecting bolts.

Please convo us if you have any questions.

Dimensions: 18" high x 15"deep x 37 1/2" wide

Approximate Weight: 50 lbs

Handcrafted Entryway or Mudroom Bench Made in USA


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: baltic birch plywood, paint, waterborne pre catalyzed lacquer, hafele hardware
  • Only ships within United States.
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