Tuesday, March 22, 2011

DIY Storage Cubbies

One dozen cubbies to be exact.

I built my kids a storage wall full of cubbies.

diy storage cubbies with fabric bins

diy storage cubbies with fabric bins


After we bunked the beds (post here) we had this empty wall:

empy wall space before

Using Ana White's plans for the cubby storage wall, I built the cubbies and modified the base supports in order to make use of the large baskets we already had.

wall full of storage cubbies

storage cubbies with lower bench area

fabric bins for storage cubbies

I used 2 1/2 sheets of 3/4" plywood and 1 1/2 sheets of beadboard backing and cut all my pieces:

how to build storage cubbies

All constructed and ready for paint:

how to build storage cubbies

To finish I used one coat Kilz primer and two coats semi-gloss white.

painted storage cubbies

painted storage cubbies with beadboard back

painted storage cubbies with beadboard back

Total cost (not including fabric bins) $120.

Here's Pottery Barn's version for a whooping $760:

Cameron 3 Cubby & 3 Open Base Set

I can guarantee the labor to make these is so worth the $640 you'll save.

diy storage cubbies with fabric bins

diy storage cubbies with fabric bins

Now all three kids have their own designated cubbies to store all those trinkets and what-not kids tend to collect.

diy storage cubbies with fabric bins

diy storage cubbies with fabric bins

And we made the best use of the space for a minor cost.

diy storage cubbies with fabric bins

A side by side of the room transformation:

shared girls bedroom twin bedsshared girls bedroom bunk beds



empty wall spacestorage cubbies fill wall space

That was fun but enough work in the kids room for now.

12 fabric bins and 6 plastic totes for storage

34 comments:

  1. They look great! So much more space and storage with this new plan. Lovely work.
    Kim

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  2. Ok, can you like come to my house and redesign the whole thing? You are definitely my new hero! :)

    Angie
    Linen & verbena

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  3. I'm so amazed at all the things you make! These look awesome, and I love the neat and tidy storage!

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  4. Lookit you! So I'm next on your list of people to build for, right? Kidding! Looks great!

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  5. Oh this is lovely, The colors are terrific, Great post. Hugs!

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  6. Fantastic! You are starting to make me feel lazy... :)

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  7. Unbelievable that you made that! I am dying for my husband to finish his MBA so we can tackle similar projects... I'm to scared to do it on my own. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. I have never seen anyone make them before. Nice work!

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  9. these look truly amazing! would love for you to link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings next week! www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  10. Great savings and lots of storage! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Fantastic job! I love all things Pottery Barn but so expensive so I love seeing "look alikes". You really made these look great.
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  12. I love cubbies. These are just wonderful! I would love this in a craft room (if I had one:))

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  13. I have been coveting those cubbies for days! I envy you, great job!!!
    www.lifewithoutwhiteout.blogspot.com

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  14. Fantastic job! I am kicking myself for buying two walls of similar cabinets (from Company Kids) for my kid's room now!

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  15. You did a fabulous job! I love it- I am thinking of doing something like this to store all of my cake supplies in and personally I think your cubbies look WAY better than the ones sold at pottery barn :)

    http://sweetenedbykagi.blogspot.com

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  16. Looks great! I SO need to do this for my kids! I am following you!

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  17. where do you get the baskets? My daughter wants to do this exact thing but having a hard time finding inexpensive baskets?

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  18. Wow, great storage, great job. It looks so nice.

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  19. Oh wow! These look GREAT!!! I love them!! I wish I was brave enough to make those myself because I need some cubbies...love love love them!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  20. amazing..i think you have given me the confidence to try tis thanks!

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  21. i bet your kids are so thankful...you did a beautiful job!

    ~Jill
    Just dream, Jelly Bean

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  22. Fantastic work, they look amazing! Love the colourful baskets, so cute.

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  23. You are awesome!! I dream about cubbies like that at night!! I can't believe you made them yourself?? Want to come to my house???

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  24. So great! Clean, organized and cute!

    marian
    perfectchancememories.com

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  25. Hi there, new visitor stopping by from The Stories of A to Z. What an amazing job. I love the after picture, simply amazing. Have a wonderful day!

    Karen

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  26. Isn't Ana White the best? Your space looks fab and yay you for making the storage!

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  27. Awesome job! Your cubbies are so cute and the bins are so pretty. Great way to add fun storage!

    Roeshel

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  28. Awesome! I'm visiting via Ana White. I've had these on my "to do" list for a while now. I had a few bad experiences with the circular saw and my boards not being square.... Did you use anything in particular to keep your saw straight and did you use a nail gun? I'm so inspired! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. These look great! Your pictures make it look so easy to do!! (I will still need my hubby) But it sure diminishes the case for it's too hard to make! Thanks for the inspiration

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  30. I LOVE how it turned out. You did a wonderful job. Where did you get the baskets?

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  31. Wow.. That takes dedication to build one of those. I am impressed. Great way that you saved money, especially with the holidays coming. I just recently bought a cubby storage unit and I am very pleased with it. Keeps the kids belongings organized and neat.

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  32. Just found this via pinterest and I have a question for you. Are these secured together? To the wall? I have a few climbers and I'm wondering how best to secure them without putting too much push/pull stress on furniture?

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