Storage Tower

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Our little half bath on the main level was seriously lacking on storage. Our house needed a place for extra hand towels, magazines and diapers. Once I was sick of looking at the packs of wet wipes and diapers on the floor everyday, I decided to build this narrow multiple purpose storage tower.

The basket at the top is handy to display rolled up hand towels for guests. Just under is the always popular bathroom magazine storage. At the bottom, I made room for large crates to hold pull ups, diapers and wet wipes.

I made the wooden top out of left over ends of oak stair treads from a previous project when I had ripped out the carpet and rough 2x12 lumber on the staircase leading to the second floor. If you have any reclaimed lumber or pieces of wood you were saving for a project, this plan allows for you to use your imagination on the top.

36" (plus top) tall, 23" wide, 12" deep


Shopping List

2 1"x12" (8') - Cut Down to 36" (2), 4" (2), 20" (5)
4 1"x2" (8') - Cut Down to 36" (6), 8 11/16" (4), 20" (5), 3 5/16" (2)
Optional back 36"x21.5"
Reclaimed, distressed or fun top - 12" x 25"
Nails, Paint, Wood Glue, Sand Paper

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 1"x12" (8') - Cut Down to 36" (2), 4" (2), 20" (5)
4 1"x2" (8') - Cut Down to 36" (6), 8 11/16" (4), 20" (5), 3 5/16" (2)
Optional back 36"x21.5"
Reclaimed, distressed or fun top - 12" x 25"

Cutting Instructions

All the step by step instructions (plus tutorials for finishing with the distressed look and building the crates) at…

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
General Instructions

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!


Step 1

Start out with a 1"x12" (8') board cut down to 2-36" boards (sides) and 1-20" top. Connect.
Use the left over 4" piece in the center of the top piece (screw or nail in place).

Step 2

Then grab another 1"x12" (8') board and cut 2 - 20" and another 4" piece. Build an "H" with the pieces and then secure to the main structure.

Step 3

Cut 2 more 20" pieces. Attach to the main structure. Bottom one should be 1.5 inched up from the bottom. Middle shelf should be about 11" up from bottom shelf.

Step 4

Attach optional back piece

Step 5

Step 6

Trim front (overlap the side trim you just installed) with 1"x2" 2-36"

Step 7

Cut 5 - 1"x2" 20" long and trim out the horizonal front trim pieces.
Optional to trim the two little strips in the middle of the magazine storage. I did just to keep the overall look.

Step 8

Step 9

Assemble a top piece to attach

Step 10

Sand and finish.

Step 11

Simple plans for storage crates for the lower shelves.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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