DIY Stacking Storage Cubbies
Hey everyone! It’s Katie again from Addicted 2 DIY. Today I’ve got a project to help keep things organized around the house. These stacking storage cubbies are perfect for stashing away those growing stuffed animal collections, shoes, toys, books, etc. They were so simple to build and they are easy to customize to fit your needs. I’ve got the step-by-step tutorial for you below, and you can also stop by my site to download the printable plans.
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- 2 – 1″ x 12″ x 8′ pine boards
- 1 – 1″ x 6″ x 8′ pine board
- 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood (I used some that I already had on hand)
- Kreg Jig
- Brad Nailer
- 1 1/4″ pocket screws
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- 5/8″ brad nails
- Kreg Rip-Cut
- wood glue
- orbital sander
- 220 grit sandpaper
Cut list (for each storage cubby):
- 2 – 1″ x 12″ @ 12″ (sides)
- 1 – 1″ x 12″ @ 15″ (bottom)
- 1 – 1″ x 12″ @ 16 1/2″ (top)
- 1 – 1″ x 6″ @ 16 1/2″ (front)
- 1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 12 3/4″ x 16 1/2″ (back)
Start by cutting all of your pieces for the cubbies. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes into the bottom 1×12 pieces.
Attach the sides to the bottom using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket screws.
Glue the top down and then clamp it. Nail it to the sides using 1 1/4″ brad nails.
Attach the front flush with the bottom using wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails.
Using the Rip-Cut, rip your plywood pieces down to size.
Attach the back with wood glue and 5/8″ brad nails.
Sand the cubbies with an orbital sander and 220 grit sandpaper. Paint or stain them in the color of your choice. I used Minwax stain in Special Walnut and stenciled numbers on the fronts using black chalky paint.
You can choose to stack the cubbies any way you like. If you plan on stacking the three on top of each other, I’d recommend purchasing flat mending plates (affiliate link) to keep the cubbies secured together. If you have little ones, I highly recommend also securing them to the wall.
I had an idea of what these would look like, but they turned out even better than I’d imagined! Stacked side by side, they actually fit perfectly between my son’s bedroom and bathroom doors. He didn’t throw his normal fit when he saw them in his room after school, so I’ll take that as a good sign. Like I said, you can build as many or as few of these as you like! They can be put in the closet, but they look good enough to be out for everyone to see! I just love it when things can be both functional and stylish. Happy building!
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I like the step stacking the best but I can totally see my kids climbing on them and jumping off. They do that with their doll house when we’re not looking. Thanks for this DIY, I’m going to add this to my list of things to make.
Thanks for sharing this “how to” guide Katie, I love the walnut stain and numbers of these boxes.gives it a nice rustic look for a kids bedroom. Now if I can just get them to put the toys away themselves.
Can’t wait to make these for my son’s room!! But bow I also want to make them for pantry storage
Love, love, love these! Featured on Ana-White.com today, thanks for sharing with the rest of us!
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I looooooooove this! There are so many rooms in my house that could use these cubbies! Even the pantry for potatoes, onions, etc. PINNING!
Thanks Beth! I had that same thought, too! It would make great storage for root vegetables, etc.