Sunday, June 19, 2011

DIY Built-In Playroom Storage Shelves

I built built-ins for the playroom at Grandma's beach house.

In order to truly appreciate these built-ins you must see the before shot:

Grandma was faced with The Flat Screen Dilemma - how to hide all the wires without going into the wall and where to put all the equipment.

Plus she needed a bit of toy storage for all the grandkids.

Mission accomplished:
(Just imagine the walls and built-ins all painted one color.)

I used 2 sheets of cabinet grade 3/4" plywood and 6 - 1x2x8' #2 pine boards to trim out the front.

And because this playroom is part of the original garage the wall actual starts up about 7" from the floor. 

To accommodate the wall rise and baseboard I cut out the matching profile from both sides using a jigsaw:

And then I made sure the bottom shelf rested exactly on top of the baseboard rise to help carry the load and make the shelves look built in.

The unit is secured to the wall with four L brackets so no little ones get hurt.

And all those wires fit snugly into this cord management invention which will also be painted the same color as the wall and shelves:

One last side by side:

Problem solved, now let's see now long these kids can keep it neat and tidy.


  1. Great job Jaime, the shelves look fantastic! I like that you made them chunky, know what I mean? They look really sturdy and well built!

  2. Wonderful idea! One shelf with so many functions! It looks great, I'm sure it's been greatly appreciated. :)

  3. what a fabulous use of space! you are a building genius!

  4. This is super impressive, you go Jaime! Can't wait to see it painted..

  5. Cutting out the profile to accomodate the wall rise--can't buy that off the shelf!! This turned out fantastic Jaime.

  6. Visiting from Coastal Charm. Love the clean line design. Turned out great. Awesome job!

  7. a big improvement! stopping by from a beach cottage.
    cheryl x

  8. Great job. Glad to have found your blog via a Beach Cottage.
    x Marnie

  9. Great job, looks really good!

  10. I want to do this! Do you mind sharing how much it cost? Can you comment on my blog or email me @ to let me know? thanks a million!

  11. It looks great. I love having a place for all the toys. I think it encourages the little ones to pick up too.

  12. Looks amazing! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I would love if you would link this up this weekend to my Delicately Constructed Fridays linky party!!
    Have a great weekend!

  13. These are great! I'm jealous ;) Here from I Heart Naptime.


  14. Wow-just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it! Can't believe that you made this shelving unit yourself! It looks great!! Fantastic job!!

  15. Excellent!! You are one talented lady! THanks for linking this one up too!!