Locker Bookshelf - Full Size

Freestanding locker/shelf plans from


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Author Notes: 

Hi everyone and welcome!

If you are stopping by from Country Woman - thank you so much for reading my interview and visiting - and most importantly, welcome!!!

I am so glad you are here!

Building my own furniture has not just helped me make my home nicer and more organized and functional, but it has also brought me much joy and nurtured my creative spirit.  

More than anything, I hope you are here to find some plans and building inspiration!  If I can do this, anyone can!

I am so delighted to be able to share plans for this storage locker - check out the full plans following!

And check out a few real builds of this very locker cabinet:


Thank you so much, Ana, for posting these plans. My husband built the storage locker in a few hours last Saturday. Our only modification was to use beadboard for the backing instead of plywood, and to switch out the 1x12's for 1x16 project panels to add depth so the backpacks will fit. I love how it turned out and now there is no more tripping over backpacks! I can't wait for our next project.


I love my new lockers, and I am in love with building! I think the Kreg Pocket Jig is my new best friend!

This is my first project, and I made a couple of changes to Ana's awesome plans. I used bead board for the backing instead of ply wood, and I added divider shelves on the bottom shelf. I also added hooks on both sides of each locker so that my kids can hang lots of stuff.

Since I am a total beginner builder, I made a few mistakes as I built these lockers. If you are a beginner, too, please check out my post on so that you don't have to make the same mistakes! I included a chart that shows the order I used to put everything together and added instructions for the extra dividers.

I am loving my organized space (and so are my kids)!

And special thanks to our amazing photographer, Cassy Bartch, for taking such beautiful photos.  Here are a few outtakes that we loved but didn't make it into the magazine:



Yep, that our Adirondack Chair!  You can build your own with these plans.


And here's the bonus!  I originally built this locker cabinet, loved it, but decided it was not the right size for adults.



But you can build this one too!  Plans are here

Grace's play kitchen plans are here.


And of course, here are the plans for THIS locker cabinet!  Enjoy!

Happy Building!

XO Ana

Shopping List: 

44 – 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
2″ Finish Nails
1″ Finish Nails
3 – 1×12 – 12 foot Pine or Whitewood Boards
4 – 1×2 – 8 foot Pine or Whitewood Boards
1 – 1×3 – 4 foot Pine or Whitewood Board
One sheet 1/4″ plywood, paneling or MDF
Wood Glue
Wood filler or Pocket Hole Plugs
Sanding Block and 12o Grit Sandpaper
3 or 6 Coat Hooks

measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

2 – 1×12 @ 67 1/4″ (sides)
3 – 1×12 @ 46 1/2″ (shelves)
1 – 1×12 @ 49 1/2″ (top)
2 – 1×12@ 36 1/2″ (locker sides)
1 – 1×2 @ 48″ (header)
2 – 1×2 @ 65 3/4″ (side trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 49 1/2″ (crown)

Step 1: 

Build the Box

This is so easy. Just drill pocket holes on both ends of all of the shelves and the top ends of the sides. Drill three pocket holes per end, as shown in the diagram. Then mark the sides for the joints of the shelves. Apply glue to the shelves and screw in place with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Locker Dividers

Mark the middle shelves as shown above. Drill pocket holes on both ends of each of the dividers. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue to attach dividers to the shelves.

Step 3 Instructions: 


I purposely choose to make the back 48″ wide so that 1) you don’t have to rip plywood and 2) you don’t have to waste plywood. Use 2″ nails and glue to nail the back on. Make sure you all the shelves and dividers too.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Face Frame

Drill pocket holes on both ends of the footer and header. Drill two pocket holes per end. Mark legs 3″ from bottom and screw the footer and header to legs as shown above. Tack the frame to the face of the cabinet.

Step 5 Instructions: 


Tack the crown on with 2″ finish nails and g

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Congrats on the magazine feature!!! you totally deserve it! The Locker Cabinet looks amazing... how am I supposed to choose between this and the Braden entryway set???

Hi Anna,

Congratulations on your special an achievement! You must feel so very proud..and rightly so ; )

So nice to meet another Anna White on the other side of the globe...who also has a passion for Interior Design. Stumbled across your blog via Honey were Home...and look forward to sitting down with a nice cuppa and browsing through your posts.

Warm Regards,

Anna x

How exciting! You have inspired many of us to just give it a try! I'm so glad that many more will be finding you through the magazine.

Very cool lockers, too. Smart housekeeping.

I love this magazine! Congratulations! It has been so much fun to watch your blog evolve. I'm so excited that all your hard work is paying off. Keep it up:)

Ana - first and foremost, THANK YOU. For what you are doing, thank you. Secondly, congrats on the article. Can't wait to see a copy.

Congrats on being in the magazine!

I had to say, I love this plan and need to make sone when we move into a house (assuming there's a spot for one).

I would love to build this, but I just don't have a wall for it! Our entry way has windows do I can't do anything tall :( I have used your plans to make a shorter bench though! thanks Ana!

Congrats on your feature!! I'm anxious to go get a copy of the magazine! I have such a long list of things I would like to build, I think I may need a bigger house!

Congratulations! I've been wanting to check out Fresh Home and your link just gave me the push I needed. I wasn't sure if I'd love the magazine (although I have to say that Family Handyman is fabulous), but if you're featured, I know I'm going to love it.

I haven't built anything from your site yet, but I have quite a few things in my "to build" file and plan to get started soon. I just got my shop cleaned up from building a large cage for my daughter's pet rats, and boy, instructions like yours would have saved me some time and frustration with that project. I'm feeling inspired again, and I have you to thank for it, so....Thank You! :)

Okay, it's kind of pathetic, but I'm tearing up because we desperately need lockers at our house and I really like this simple design and have been thinking about modifying the single locker to be a bank like this, but I was not confident in my ability to do that. Have you been reading my mind, Ana?:)

I would like to do banks of 4 (We have 8 people in our family). Anything special I would have to change to add another locker in? Does it need more support in any way?

I had to laugh because I just got my first issue of Fresh Home yesterday and was trying to decide if I would keep the subscription, but now I definitely will. Congratulations on being featured. You do an amazing job of encouraging us!

Hi Ana,
Congrats! That is so exciting to be featured.
I wanted to thank you so much for putting up your plans for the lockers. My Dad is using your plans and has altered them a bit to make us 4 lockers using your plans to accommodate our growing family's storage needs for our front entry. (Baby #4 is due to arrive this December!)
We LOVE your site and truly appreciate your talent and generosity!


Cortney, yes, you could use any of the Kreg Jigs. Also, there is nothing stopping your from just using countersunk screws or finishnails, but the best method is definitely pocket hole screws.

Thanks Crystal! The Braden system has a bench included - so I would go that route for more storage. This one is sort of a free standing closet :) Perfect for adding color to an apartment or even creating a mudroom where there is none. Good luck!

Thank you Shawnda! I really like Fresh Home (even before they featured me) because there is so much DIY in their articles. And that really sounds like a project you just accomplished! Can't wait to see what you build!

Wow Anna, that is great! However I'm not surprised that they want to interview YOU and put you in the spotlight. You are truly an inspiration. I signed up for my free issue, I really hope I receive the recent issue with the article on you and your blog.

This is EXACTLY what I've been needing in my entryway. Thank you!!! Now I just need to get cracking on my king storage bed so I can move on down the list of my "Ana White" home transformation projects :).

Congratulations on your feature! That is so exciting! I just signed up for the free issue, I hope its the one with your feature!

Thank you for everything!

Congratulations on being featured. I just went to get the magazine and check it out. You look beautiful, of course. Love the lockers. Wish I had somewhere to put them :)

I have just ordered my free copy. I dont know if i can wait the 4 to 6 weeks to recieve it so i may head to the newstand and look for it now. Congrats Ana you deserve this.


Cute! And even tho' i don't know you, I can imagine how fun it must have been to be featured. I've never heard of Pocket Holes. I'm wondering what they are or what makes it special.

Ana, I was one of your first 500 fans and I remember watching how you went from hundreds of fans to thousands in very few weeks! You are a great person for sharing your talents with other! We, your followers and friends are proud to see that this magazine recognizes how special you are!

As soon as I read this, I had to run out and buy the mag! Fantastic! BTW - How adorable are you?! I was sad when the article ended, I had to pop over here to share! I am so inspired by you & what you do. You deserve this and more! We want a book and a TV show!

Anna I was wondering if in this model you had used the sketchup models for the Kreg pocket holes from the Google 3Dwarehouse? If so, these were created by me and I'm glad you are using them! If not, take a look at my collection of holes, screws, and even videos. If there is something I can do to lend a hand, I will when time permits.

Tim Daniels

Ana, I love your website and just finished my first project. (pictures to come!) I wanted to say, Congrats on the magazine!!
...and by the shoes!

Read your article while browsing Lowe's. YAY! So exciting. I still haven't built my first project, but I have been reading and doing my research and thinking about which project would be best. I'm going to start w/ one of the "starter" projects. We are military, so we move a lot, so I am putting a lot of these on my "wish list" to build in a couple of years when we are more permanently settled.

Hi Ana,

This is beautiful--I especially love the color! Looking at your other images, including the adirondack chair, I am now curious what paint colors you used. Please tell me they are note "opps" or mixed paint colors. Can you supply the paint name and maker? Thank you!

Hey Ana,

Just saw this featured in the magazine. Very nice work. I am going to build this for our mudroom. One question, how did you paint/finish it to give it that aged/weathered look? It looks really great.

Erik, thank you! The finish is simply two coats of cosmic green by Valspar in flat. I let that dry, sanded edges with sandpaper, then added a coat of chocolate glaze (check the faux painting aisle) over the paint. Then a clear top coat. Good luck!

I LOVE this!!! I don't have a mudroom, but, have a small homeschool room that I am desperately needing storage for. I need something that can go up against a specific wall and this is the perfect width. But...I'm wondering if it would look bad to add shelving in one of the sections for books. I have lots of puzzles, little boxes of art supplies, etc. It would also be cool for each boy to have a place to hang thier backpack and put their own stuff. I just want to make sure it's practical and won't look strange....opinions???

I'm in love with it! And the color just makes it even more irresistable....

I want to use it in my entry way closet (which is wide and narrow) but i want it to be only two cubbies so i can add a rod for jackets. do you have altered dimensions anywhere on the site for this? When I start measuring and doing math, things dont end up well! Thanks!

I love your site! Can you please tell me what size storage baskets you used in your photos for the cubbies? Thanks!


I built this a few weeks ago to hold our hockey gear in the garage (5 kids). The bottom shelf is perfect for skates and roller blades. The thing that REALLY makes this work for me, I used pegboard for the back, so I can hang gear inside, and extra gear hangs behind the unit. This is helpful since the unit is not against a wall! I also added a hook to hang an adult bag along the side. I just wish I had a rod on the other side to hang all the jerseys.
Now, for construction. I won't use MDF, so it's all solid pine 1x12. That made it very easy to get the lumber home in the minivan, but next time I'd use plywood, and 1x16. This was also my first project with the Kreg jig. It's amazing! I splurged on the vice-grip clamp, and I wouldn't want to live without it. I wish I had more time, and I could stain it, and personalize it with nameplates or numbers. Pair this with the "rustic bench" for a great place to gear up during street hockey games!

THANK YOU ANA!! First and foremost, just for empowering women out there who think they can't swing a hammer, or use power tools--your beautiful, practical and EASY to build storage unit just shows all the women (and practical men too), that "necessity" really is the mother-of-invention.....Speaking from a woman who has been building alll my life (mostly out of necessity because "you can't find exactly what you want,when you want it,at the price you want to pay for it"). Starting from a very young age being dragged around to building projects alongside my grandfather,to remodeling a boat with my father, to rebuilding a home with my stepfather, it is refreshing to see these projects being built by "Moms" out there who aren't afraid to share with all of the readers. I applaud you and your husband for building your home by yourselves. I will be looking forward to more of your projects in the coming issues! Thanks again!!

Thank you for sharing the plans for this great project! I am brand new to this type of furniture building... just finished the three 5 shelves! I am currently in the midst of constructing the locker cabinet and wanted to add some feedback. This is my first big project, so I followed the plans exactly and ended up a little confused along the way. On your cut list, it may help to include the 1x3 45" footer. Also, the materials list has 1" finish nails (later in the plans, it says 1 1/4", but I followed the materials list). I used the 1", but I think they are too short and pull apart from the face frame and back. Last thing, I used the kreg jig and followed its instructions for 3/4" boards. The 1 1/4" pocket hole screws did not seem long enough, so I had to slide the jig forward. Then, the wood plugs were too big for the pocket holes. Being a complete novice and sure that I am doing something wrong, any advice or lessons learned for pocket holes? Thank you again for these amazing free plans!!!

Hi, Ana!

I'm such a big fan! You've got me excited for warmer weather so I can build some things! I love your lockers and wanted to ask: what would the dimensions be to have four of them instead of three? I'm math-challenged and honestly can't figure it out, lol! I want to build this and put it in my large entryway. Any help would be awesome! Again, big fan, love your work!

I'm a little scared but at the same time thrilled about making this! I have a gift card to Lowe's from my parents. I also have a Lowe's $10 off project starter coupon. And my dad let me borrow his Kreg jig kit! I even took some before pictures of my entry way and the current storage system I have. All I need is to put on my coat and shoes and head out the door. Wish me luck!

Ana-I love this. We needed some kind of locker system to add to our entryway. Our house is small and crowded, and our mudroom/laundry room is even smaller! I have one quick question, could you use beadboard for the back to dress it up a little, or is the plywood/MDF the best option?

Holy cow... I JUST MADE THIS!!!! In four hours.... This is my fourth built plan from you, Ana, and I still stand back in amazement that I have built them!!!!

You are incredible, and thanks for giving me (and a whole lot of others) the confidence to get out there and do this! This is sooo awesome. I keep going outside to look at this locker that I JUST BUILT MYSELF. Amazing!

Thanks again!!

Hi, Ana. I love this locker! I'd like to build a single door to cover the center section. The door would have metal attached to it for a magnet board. Would a single door (with sheet metal) be too heavy? This is my first project.

Thank you so much for sharing all of these fantastic ideas! I haven't been able to sleep for two nights because I've been so excited about all the plans I want to try.