Turn Basic Storage Cube Units into an Upscale Wall Unit

Stash shoes, beauty supplies, and accessories into this floating shelf system for swanky bedroom storage.

Use basic storage cube units to create this double-duty bedroom setup. Cubbies store purses, shoes and hats, while the surface of the middle unit serves as a vanity top for makeup and jewelry storage. Customize your wall unit's paint color, metal finishes, and wallpapered cubby backs for a look that complements your space.

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What You Need

  • 3 assembled four-cube modular shelving units
  • Saw for cutting metal
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Gold spray-paint
  • 20x29-inch sheets of fine paper
  • Adhesive dots
  • Decoupage medium
  • Zinc-plated corner braces and screws
  • 8-inch flat corner braces
  • ½-inch screws
  • Breathable baskets and labels
  • Wood trays
  • Beveled glass (optional)

Step 1: Paint Cube Units

Assemble the cube units according to the product instructions. Prep, prime, and paint three assembled four-cube units. Let the paint cure for two days to ensure a good finish.

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Step 2: Mount Units to Wall

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Hidden braces at the top and bottom of both ends of each unit attach it to the wall. We mounted the top shelf so the unit's bottom was 72 inches from the floor, the middle shelf 27 inches off the floor, and the bottom shelf 6 inches from the floor. If desired, set beveled glass on top of the middle shelf for an easy-to-clean surface.

Zinc-plated corner braces attached to the wall and then the shelf allow for the floating look. Drill the braces into a stud in the wall or use wall anchors for added support.

Step 3: Add Decorative Braces

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Using a saw for cutting metal, trim 8-inch flat corner braces to 3 inches. Spray-paint gold, and attach with 1/2-inch screws.

Step 4: Add Trays

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Stow shoes in wood trays to prevent delicate footwear from being misshapen and lost in a pile. If you can't find trays that are the right size and color, use spray paint to get the look you want. Line the inside with paper, and seal with decoupage medium to make them pretty but still functional. Slip the trays into the space between the bottom and middle units to maximize storage.

Step 5: Utilize Bins

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Toss bulky items into breathable baskets outfitted with labels to make dressing and sorting a cinch. Find baskets or bins that tuck into the square spaces in the cube unit to avoid cluttering the top of the unit.

Step 6: Personalize

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Editor's Tip: Cut backings for two cubbies from 20x29-inch sheets of fine paper. Glue to the back of the square space for a fun detail and pop of color. Although options are more limited, adhesive contact paper skips the gluing step and can be more easily swapped out.

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Leslie Poyzer

Leslie Poyzer is an interior designer based in Des Moines, Iowa, with more than15 years of experience. She is a story producer and photo stylist for Better Homes & Gardens and its special interest publications, including Do It Yourself, Holiday Crafts, and Christmas Ideas. Alongside her career in content production and design, Leslie has also been the talent in Better Homes & Gardens tutorials and videos, as well as for brands such as Panera, Nestle, and Kraft.

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