Build your own vertical storage for grab-and-go items like pet gear, books, sunglasses, and hats. 

By Nicole Shapiro
June 08, 2021
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Helen Norman

Katie Alberter of Little House of Four blog is all about thrifty decorating and DIYs. When she couldn't find the storage lockers she wanted, Katie built them herself for less than $60. Customize the DIY storage unit with your favorite paint or stain color and house numbers or letters that hold meaning to your family.

  • Working time 1 day
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Painting, Staining, Drilling, Gluing
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How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

Paint and Stain

Paint crates, doors, and shelf supports. Stain bases and shelves. Allow to dry. To change up the look, paint the wood black for a sleek finish or a different fun color for each child. 

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Step 2

Attach Bases and Crates

Screws bases and crates together. Katie used leftover shelving with a decorative routed edge for her stained bases, but plain wood planks will work.

Step 3

Add Knobs and Numbers

Drill holes for knobs on doors. Screw on knobs, and glue on numbers (to avoid screws poking through the 1/4-inch-thick doors). Fake the look of screws for the numbers by drilling shallow holes for decorative brads, then glue the brads in place. 

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Step 4

Install Hinges and Latches

Measure and mark locations for hinges, then screw one side of hinge in place on the crate. Because the plywood doors are thin, use the fast-curing glue to attach the other side of the hinge to the door. Clamp until glue dries. Repeat for remaining hinges. Glue magnetic latches to the doors and crates. 

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Step 5

Attach Supports

Glue four supports inside each crate, 5 inches from the top. Allow to dry, then set shelves on the top.

Step 6

Mount to Wall

For safety, mount the unit to the wall with a furniture anchor.

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