I’m always looking for a way to organize and I make my own solutions to my problems. Our house was in need of storage for the kids extra curricular activity supplies like helmets, bowling balls, roller skates, and life jackets. I hate clutter!! I would love a big mudroom to house a beautiful cabinet with cubbies for each child to put their things, but our house doesn’t have a mudroom.
I decided to add cubbies to our garage and use that as our mudroom space! We have the perfect nook area to add storage and utilize the space to organize clutter. It is so easy to do and I’m excited to share it with you!
Here’s what you need to build your cubbies…
- 3/4″ MDF
- White Paint
- Paint Brush
- Nail gun
- Wood Letters
- Second Paint Color of Your Choice
- L Brackets
Start by drawing a plan of what you want your cubbies to look like. There are many ways to make them. Depending on the need for space and how much you need to store in that space, should be the determining factor on how wide and tall the cubbies should be. My complete cabinet is 6 feet tall x 4 feet wide.
You will need to make the bench first with 3 separate areas below. Decide how long the bench will be and divide it by 3 to get the width of each spaces. The depth should be between 14-16″. Cut the length of the bench and width to get your first piece. Cut 3 boards to your desired spaces below plus 2 side boards for your sides. Attach them together with small screws. Cut the bench board to 4 feet which will extend the whole width of the cabinet. Attach it to the top of the dividing boards to create the bench. Your bench is now assembled.
Build the top piece by cutting the 2 long pieces first. My overall cabinet is 6 feet tall so the kids could reach the top shelves. Depending on the height of your bench and the total height you want, subtract the 2 to find out the length of these boards. All boards should be cut with the same depth unless you want the top to vary from the bottom. Attach the 2 tall side boards to the top of the bench by going under the bench and securing up into the bottom of those boards and the only way that is possible is to move in the tall boards to the inside of the legs of the bench. That way you have access to the under side of the boards to secure them to the bench.
Measure the distance at the top of the 2 tall boards to figure out how wide your top board needs to be. It needs to go straight across and go from end to end of each board. Cut the board and secure it to the top of the cabinet. My top board is 4 feet long, the same as the bench board.
Now you are ready to cut the board that will separate the shelves at the top from the cubbies underneath. Measure from the inside the tall side to the other inside of the tall side. Does that make sense?? Of course not, but I can think of no other way to say it! 🙂
Once this piece is cut, you will secure it 16″ under the top board to leave room for shelves. Attach the board from one side to the other by using wood screws or your nail gun from the outside into the edges of the board.
You are now going to make the cubby spaces. I made my cubbies a different depth than the rest of the cabinet to make it interesting. The inside walls of my cubby are 14″ instead of the 16″ depth everything else followed. Measure the height from the top of your bench to the bottom of your horizontal shelf piece to get the height of your cubby boards. Cut 2 of these boards and secure them vertically to the top of the bench and bottom of the horizontal shelf. The cubbies are now made and spaces are identified! Pretty exciting, huh?!
Now you will want to measure the height of the top shelves. You will need 2 boards at the 16″ depth and the height between the top of your cabinet to the horizontal shelf. Cut your boards and secure them into place. How is it looking? I secured the whole cabinet to the wall with L brackets to make sure it didn’t move. Paint it white before you hang the pallet wood on the back.
The next step is completely optional, but I love the look of it. I cut up some old looking pallets to make a textured panel at the back of the cubbies. I didn’t create a back piece for the cabinet, but instead I used the wall and nailed the pallet pieces directly to it.
Paint your wood letters whatever color you want and hang them at the top of the cubbies with nails. Hang your hooks directly below the letters with screws. And you’re finished! Wow, I love the look and it serves a great purpose! The kids love having their own spots to call their own and hopefully they will keep their stuff in the cubbies! I hope it helps you get some storage where you really need it!