5x5 Storage Cubbies
Make a room divider cubby system to organize an entire room. Free easy step by step plans.
12 – 1x12 @ 6 feet long OR 8 1x12 @ 10 feet long
10 – 1x2 @ 6 feet long
100 - 1 1/4” pocket hole screws
1 1/4” finish nails
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 – 1x12 @ 70 1/2”
4 – 1x12 @ 69 3/4”
2 – 1x12 @ 72”
2 – 1x2 @ 70 1/2”
20 1x12 @ 13 1/2”
4 – 1x2 @ 69”
4 – 1x2 @ 72”
Make sure you have a flat workspace at least six feet by six feet for building this bookshelf. Make all large cuts first, followed by smaller cuts. Drill all pocket holes prior to assembly. Use glue on all joints.
Mark top and bottom boards as shown in diagram, carefully measuring to make sure there is a 13 ½” gap between all shelves. Also drill pocket holes on both ends of top and bottom prior to assembly. It will be difficult to drill pocket holes once attached to the project.
Attach sides to the sides, using 1 1/4” pocket holes and glue. Adjust the entire project for square by taking a diagonal from opposite outside corners, ensuring both diagonals match in length (see last step).
Use 1 1/4” finish nails and glue to attach bottom support trim to bottom. Also nail through the sides into ends for additional support.
Drill 3/4” pocket holes on each end of each shelf. Mark shelf locations on all sides and upright boards. Attach shelves with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue. TIP: Alternate drilling pocket holes offset on each end so screws do not line up exactly when you go to place shelves. IF you do have a situation where screws bump into each other, just drill another pocket hole offset.
This frame actually adds considerable stablility to the project. First, build the frame with pocket holes. Then apply glue TIP: I like to rest the frame over the project, trace it’s shape over the shelves, remove and then I have marks to guide me in applying glue. Nail face frame on with 1 1/4” finish nails and glue. Take this one final opportunity to check for square.
Do to the size of this project, you may need to elevate it on cork or felt pads to keep it level and from “rocking”. Cork or felt pads also protect floors.
WARNING: Due to size, make sure this project is secured to wall to prevent tipping injury.