Add DIY Cube Storage for Entryway Function and Organization

Try this DIY entryway idea yourself with cube storage units and a few simple supplies.

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Project Overview
  • Working Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 1 day
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Bring organizational harmony to hall spaces with this clever setup. Perfect for apartments or small homes, these DIY entryway ideas are entirely customizable. Plus, the combination of cube units and a closet rod as entryway storage holds a surprising amount of stuff.

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What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Damp cloth
  • 1 Measuring tape
  • 1 Saw
  • 1 Paintbrush
  • 1 Screwdriver
  • 1 Stud finder
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 Drill


  • 2 Magnetic shelves
  • 1 Hooks
  • 1 Metal pockets
  • 1 Permanent marker
  • 1 Foam-core board
  • 1 Cork shelf liner
  • 1 Chalkboard contact paper
  • 1 Washi tape
  • 1 Wood closet rod
  • 1 Closet rod brackets
  • 1 Wall anchors, if needed


  1. Assemble Cubes

    Remove cubes from packaging and assemble according to the manufacturer's instructions. Wipe clean with a damp cloth to remove dust, glue, or grime.

    We used a cube set from the Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart.

  2. Arrange Cubes

    1. Arrange the four-cube storage units into an L-shape.
    2. Cut 1/4-inch plywood to size to back each unit.
    3. Measure the length and width of the combined arrangement, adding an inch to each measurement for an overhang.
    4. Cut two pieces of 3/4-inch plywood to create a top and base.
  3. Prime and Paint

    Gather all components that need to be painted:

    • Two cube units
    • Two plywood backings
    • plywood top and bottom
    • Peg feet
    • Closet rod
    • Closet rod brackets

    Prime each piece, and paint with desired shade. Let dry.

    Editor's tip: Use a wood closet rod rather than a plastic or metal one to make it easier to paint and trim.

  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.

  5. Create the Closet

    Position the assembly in its desired location.

    1. Use a stud finder to locate available wall studs, and mark placement with a pencil.
    2. Secure the closet rod brackets to the wall studs with a drill. Use wall anchors if studs are not available.
    3. Hang closet rod on the brackets, and trim as needed.

    Now you have a simple entryway coat hanger.

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  6. Attach the Top

    With 1-inch screws, screw the top plywood piece onto the vertical unit and the brackets for optimum stability. This area can also serve as a shelf for large purses, hats, or seasonal items such as scarves.

  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 cubes. Cover the boards with cork shelf liner or chalkboard contact paper, and add a washi tape tab at the top for easy removal. You can use the space under the coat rack as a DIY entryway bench as-is or add a cushion for extra comfort.

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