Large Custom Mudroom Organizer with Cubbies and Hooks
DIY Mudroom organizer plans from Ana-White.com
1 - sheet 3/4" plywood cut into (3) 8' long strips, 15-3/4" wide (Have your hardware store do this)
1 - 1x12 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
I stick crown moulding or other moulding 7' long
1 - 1/4" pocket hole screws
1-1/4" finish nails (for attaching back and face frame)
Long screws of attaching to studs in walls (we used 3-1/2" long screws)
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 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 80" (top and bottom)
6 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 16" (dividers)
1 - 1x12 @ 80" (back of hooks)
2 - 1x12 @ 14-3/4" (side bottom trim)
1- 1x4 @ 80"
6 - 1x2 @ 13-1/4"
1- 1x2 @ 80"
Crown moulding @ 80"
Optional back is 80" x 28-3/4" (actually could be less because the plywood doesn't have to cover the entire 1x12 board back)
First, we built the cubby portion. You can do this with pocket holes or nails (or even better, staples) and glue.
Next, we built the base part, and then attached it to the cubby part with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.
The main reason we built the bottom portion with 1x12s is because we jigsawed the curved cuts, it's solid wood, and no edge banding is required. If we'd used plywood for those pieces, it would have been very difficult to edge band a curved cut.
We built the face frame separately with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, then attached to front of cubbies with finish nails and glue.
We actually added the moulding in place, cutting it to fit. I'd recommend a small moulding so you can still use the area on top for storage (totes anyone???).
We actually did not add a back to our organizer - but you could nail and glue one on. One note - do not hang the organizer by the back, it's not strong enough.
Hang the organizer on the wall, screwing through the 1x12s and also the sides of the plywood into the side walls. Make sure you hit studs - this thing is heavy and will get only heavier with stuff in it!