Monday, October 26, 2015

DIY Cleaning Storage Tower

Looking for a convenient, sturdy and user-friendly way to store cleaning supplies and other essentials?  I built this cleaning storage tower to house all the necessities in one spot and create easily accessible storage for bulky items and I'm sharing the plans down below so you can build it too!

This tower serves as a home for all of our cleaning supplies: brooms, mops, vacuum cleaner as well as buckets and multiple cleaning solutions.  Before I had a huge mess of items piled up and my cleaning supplies were in multiple locations throughout our home.

Now everything is together in one spot, no more searching for the bucket and rags.  There’s even space for paper towels and tissue storage as well as beach supplies and coolers.

This unit was built using Simpson Strong Tie® hardware which is extremely user friendly and personally I love the industrial look of the metal connectors.  The Rigid Tie Connectors pictured above are a no-brainer when it comes to assembly, you simply insert your three 2x4 pieces you are joining and screw in place.  The connectors are a genius solution to holding the lumber together square and strong.

Having both the shelving style storage and vertical space is precisely what I needed to corral all the cleaning supplies together:

I built this unit to fit my space but the size could easily be adjusted to fit your needs.  Below are the dimensions, building plans, materials, cut list and step by step instructions to build the cleaning storage tower.

8 -  2x4x10 studs
1 sheet – ¾” plywood
17 – RTC2Z Rigid Tie Connectors
10– FB24Z brackets
2 boxes - 8 x 1 ¼” Strong Drive® SD Connector Screws
1 ½” wood screws

Cut List:

6 – 2x4 @ 83 ¼” (legs)
13 – 2x4 @ 20 ¼” (front & back supports)
9 – 2x4 @ 14” (side supports)
2 – ¾” plywood @ 45”w x 21”d (long shelves)
2 – ¾” plywood @ 23 ¼”w x 21”d (short shelves)

Step 1: Make the frame.  Start with the base corners and build on from there.  The interior legs are connected to the shelf supports using FB24Z brackets (see picture below).

Step 2: Attach shelf support pieces and finish frame.  

Step 3: Notch out plywood shelves at corners (except top shelf) and secure to frame using countersunk 1 ½” wood screws.

Do you have a spot in your garage or basement for a cleaning storage tower?  Or maybe this storage tower might serve a different function in your home.  Whatever the case, this build is definitely worth it if you like an organized, functional space.

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Simpson Strong Tie and was provided product and/or compensation in order to create this build and bring you free project plans.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

For another furniture build using Simpson Strong Tie hardware check out my workbench inspired desk here:

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TDC Before and After


  1. I love the look of the connectors - and I love that you could make this fit any space and any storage challenge.