This modern storage bench looks great in an entryway and has the bonus of extra storage. The top is hinged and flips up. Build it using these free plans. Oh, and it is built using plywood. Double bonus.
The seats flips up to reveal lots of hidden storage. At the link you will find downloadable instructions to build this awesome storage bench.
This Childs Bench Toy Box features a large toy box with a bench back and arm rests. It also has casters, an internal tray, and a secret compartment underneath. It can be build from materials readily available material.