Turn Basic Storage Cubes into a Cute DIY Entryway
No entryway? No problem! Make an entryway yourself with some basic storage units and simple DIY supplies.
Bring organizational harmony to hall spaces with this smart setup. Perfect for apartments or small homes, this DIY entryway is completely customizable. Plus, the storage-savvy cubbies hold a surprising amount of stuff.
What You Need:
- 2 four-cube storage units (we used ones from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart)
- Damp cloth
- 1/4-inch plywood
- 3/4-inch plywood
- 3/4-inch screws
- 1-inch screws
- Peg feet
- Closet rod (opt for wood rather than plastic or metal to make it easier to paint and trim)
- Closet rod brackets
- Stud finder
- Wall anchors (optional)
- Magnetic shelves
- Metal pockets
- Permanent marker
- Foam-cord board
- Cork shelf liner
- Chalkboard contact paper
- Washi tape
Step 1: Assemble Cubes
Remove cubes from packaging, and assemble according to manufacturer's instructions. Wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove any dust, glue, or grime.
Step 2: Arrange Cubes
Arrange the four-cube units into an L-shape. Cut 1/4-inch plywood to size to back each unit. Measure the length and width of the combined arrangement, adding an inch to each measurement for an overhang, and cut two pieces of 3/4-inch plywood to create a top and base.
Step 3: Prime and Paint
Gather all components that need to be painted: the two cube units, two plywood backings, plywood top and bottom, peg feet, closet rod, and closet rod brackets. Prime each piece, and paint with desired shade. Let dry.
Step 4: Attach Backings and Base
Screw on shelf backings with 3/4-inch screws, then attach the base to the L-shape cube units with 1-inch screws. Secure the peg feet to the base using 1-inch screws.
Step 5: Create the Closet
Position the assembly in its desired location. Use a stud finder to locate available wall studs, and mark placement with a pencil. Secure the closet rod brackets to the wall studs with a drill. Use wall anchors if studs are not available. Hang closet rod on the brackets, and trim as needed.
Step 6: Attach the Top
With 1-inch screws, screw the top plywood piece onto the vertical unit as well as the brackets for optimum stability.
Step 7: Add Embellishments
If desired, attach magnetic shelves, stick-on hooks, or metal pockets to the inside of the unit, and label with permanent marker. Create cork or chalkboards by cutting foam-core board to fit inside one of the the cubes. Cover the boards with cork shelf liner or chalkboard contact paper, and add a washi tape tab at the top for easy removal.