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General Store Cubbies

These simple General Store Cubbies are easy to build and feature six cubbies, each with front lips to keep contents in place. Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos.

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I'm using our new easy plan submission for to submit this plan that I designed and showed you how to design here. . This plan is inspired by Pottery Barn's Mitchell wall system, and looks so simple in the plan, but there's so much pottential. Think stacking like they did in General Stores. I'm suddenly wanting a wall full in distressed washed blue . . . You can see what Pottery Barn's does with their Mitchell storage cubbies here.

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I'm using our new easy plan submission form to submit this plan that I designed and showed you how to design here. . This plan is inspired by Pottery Barn's Mitchell wall system, and looks so simple in the plan, but there's so much pottential. Think stacking like they did in General Stores. I'm suddenly wanting a wall full in distressed washed blue . . . You can see what Pottery Barn's does with their Mitchell storage cubbies here.

You can submit plans too!  Just go here and follow the instructions.

Another thought . . . if you were to make the trim on the shelves wider, than you could use it as cubbies in a kids room.  You know the kind . . . the kind that holds balls and kids can clean their own rooms with?  The ledge would keep everything from spilling out!

Shopping List: 

5 – 1×3 Pine Boards, 8 foot length
3 – 1×12 Pine Boards, 8 foot length
2″ Screws
2″ Finish Nails
Wood Glue and Finishing Supplies

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
level
countersink drill bit
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

5 – 1×3 @ 42″ (Shelf Trim)
4 – 1×12 @ 16 7/8″(Cubby Dividers)
3 – 1×12 @ 40 1/2″ (Shelves)
2 – 1×12 @ 36″ (Sides)

Step 1: 

Start by building the box as shown in the diagram above. Use 2″ screws and glue or pocket hole screws.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Add the cubby dividers. How I would do this is put the bottom dividers in fixed first. Then put the top dividers in, but you wont’ be able to fasten the bottom of the top dividers to the middle shelf. Don’t despair. Glue and let dry in place. I’ve got you covered

Step 3 Instructions: 

Use the trim boards to nail the bottom boards in place. Make sure you also nail the trim boards to the shelf and the sides. Add trim boards to the back. IMPORTANT: Adjust for square before attaching these boards, especially if you are stacking multiple cubbies.

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sorry my computer was being funny....I saw this in the catalog and thought to myself... " Ana will make plans for this..". Thanks for your wonderful site, we love it!

Darnnit, Ana. I was going to use an Ikea Expedit bookcase in my stamping / craft room to hold my papers. The cubbie size wasn't quite right, but I thought I would make do.

Now, I'm going to make this!

It's perfect. I can resize the cubbies to hold my paper organizers, and still have an open back so I can place it on the wall with the return vent.

Yippee!

Ana - Could something like this be wall mounted? They only show it in photos stacked. If you wanted to wall mount, would you have to add a backing board to screw into the studs? I am dying for built in shelving without bases but am having trouble modifying plans accordingly. I've checked out some of the hutch plans but the wall mounting part trips me up every time.

Hillary, there is absolutely no reason why not! Simply screw through the back boards into a stud in the wall. Just make sure you are hitting a stud (rather at least four studs). What a fabulous idea!

omigosh, YARN storage, yes!
Also, I want a smaller version for my kitchen above the counter for little things - kinda like the PB Cubby unit that mimics the ones in old hotels that would hold mail and keys...I
Lee Valley is the best for service, gonna get the shelf thingies from them.

Re. the shopping list, wouldn't you need only 3 3x1 boards? The total once cut is 5 42", and you can get 2 42" cuts out of each 8' board.

So,
Board one: 2 - 42"
Board two: 2 - 42"
Board three: 1 - 42"

Hi, Anna (and everyone else)!

I was looking to get into a new hobby such as furniture building, and this looks like a perfect starter project. The only piece of furniture I desperately need, is one that will hold my media consoles, and store the media software (video games/dvds).

This looks perfect, however since I am a guy, I was wondering if I could go about using pine, and painting it black? Or would that look tacky?

Anyways, great site, and you've created another prospective furniture hobbyist. :)

We just made 2 and painted them a satin finish black and distressed the edges - they look great - will post pics when room is done. Hung them on the wall in our new office. Couldn't be happier with the color, plans and how they turned out! Thanks Ana!

Jeannine... I LOVE YOU! I have been looking for inexpensive label holders with pulls to use on another project! You just saved me a lot of money, and more than a few brain cells! Thank you for this link!

The shopping list is backward it should be 3 1X3's and 5 1X12's 

I can't wait to build this for my fabric- I'm going to have a whole wall of these units to store it all. 

Thanks Ana for posting these plans.