Hutch with Doors for the Cubby Media Wall Collection

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 01/17/2010 - 08:29
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A cute storage piece that hides everything . . . even a TV! Works with the Cubby Storage Collection to tidy up not just children's rooms, but any room of the home.

Special thanks go to our readers for sharing their photos.

26" Tall x 29" Wide x 15" Deep


Shopping List

1 - Sheet of 3/4" MDF
1/4 Sheet of 1/4" Plywood, paneling, hardboard or MDF (back and door rails and stiles)
1/4 Sheet of 1/2" Plywood, paneling, hardboard or MDF (doors)
1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long

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

Cutting List for ONE Hutch
A) 2 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 25 1/2″ x 14″ (Sides)
B) 1 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 27 1/2″ x 14″ (Bottom)
C) 1 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 27 1/2″ x 13″ (Shelf)
D) 1 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 29″ x 14 1/2″ (Top)
E) 1- 1/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 29″ x 26 1/4″ (Back)
F) 1 – 1×2 @ 27 1/2″ (Top Trim)

Cutting List for TWO Doors (to fit on 1 Hutch from above)
G) 2 – 1/2″ MDF or Plywood @ 23 3/4″ x 13 1/2″ (Back of Doors)
H) 4 – 1/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 13 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (Door Rails)
I) 4 – 1/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 18 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (Door Stiles)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please review the instructions for building the Open Cubby Hutch, because these plans are essentially the same.

If you are building this plan, you most likely have scraps leftover from building the open cubby base and the drawer. I recommend using your scraps if possible to maximize savings. Therefore, I will not be posting a plywood cutting layout. I recommend getting some Graph Paper before begining to build any of these pieces and draw up a cutting layout for all the pieces you are building. My trick is to group boards of the same width (for example, 14″ or 21″) and place these boards in progression. Then have Home Depot rip your plywood into that width. This will also help you get your squarest possible cuts.

Work on a clean level surface. Make sure your boards are cut square. Use 2″ nails or screws and glue, unless otherwise directed. Always countersink and predrill your screws. Measure and mark out where boards will join prior to fastening. If using MDF, use drywall screws or finish nails, avoiding fastening within 1″ of the edges of the MDF. Square your project after each step. Remember to have fun and be safe!


Step 1

Build the Box. As I often say, build the box. It seems whenever we build a storage piece, it is essentially a “box” that is trimmed out. This one is no different. Simply fasten the sides to the bottom and the shelf, using the measurements above to guide you. Keep back edges flush.

Step 2

Top. Fasten the top to the hutch, keeping back edges flush. The front will overhang 1/2″.

Step 3

Back. Use 1 1/4″ nails or screws and glue to fasten the back in place as shown above. Make sure you fasten to the center shelf, top, sides and bottom.

Step 4

Top Trim. Add the top trim as shown above. Use the 1 1/4″ fasteners to secrure the top trim ot the top of the hutch. Then use the 2″ fasteners to fasten the sides to the end edges of the top trim.

Step 5

Rails and Back. Glue and fasten using 5/8″ staples or nails the rails to the the back of the doors, as shown above. Make sure edges are flush.

Step 6

Stiles. Glue and fasten your stiles in place, as directed in step 2. Lay the door flat to dry, and clamp or stack heavy objects on top of the door. You want to make sure your doors dry flat.


Sue-z (not verified)

Sun, 01/17/2010 - 09:59

This is absolutely amazing - just like all of your work. I wish I was as talented. I do have one question about the plans. What type of hardware would you use to hang the doors? Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

Ana White (not verified)

Sun, 01/17/2010 - 10:11

Sue-Z, I didn't realize I missed this. You will need to attach the doors with hinges. I always use a standard hinge that fits on the inside edge of the door. You can also use self closing or certain european mount.

Rhoda @ Southe… (not verified)

Sun, 01/17/2010 - 11:22

Nice to meet you, Ana! What a creative site you have & great to see a girl with power tools. I don't have many myself, but use a few handtools & am a huge DIYer myself.

Michelle (not verified)

Sun, 01/17/2010 - 14:39

I am new to your site. I LOVE everything I've seen and I can't wait to give things a try. We've been married for 10 years and still don't have a nice bed. I intend on making yours. :)

THanks so much for sharing your talent with us! I look forward to all that I will learn from you!


mamatamera (not verified)

Sun, 01/17/2010 - 22:17

I am so impressed! I love the Cameron wall and want to build it. Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work. I blogged about you on my little private blog.

Its So Very Cheri (not verified)

Mon, 01/18/2010 - 20:45

I love your blog. I signed up to follow and would love to have you come over and do the same. I just did a PB knock off post a couple of days ago.


Sarah - Roots … (not verified)

Fri, 01/22/2010 - 06:40

This is just amazing! We're moving to a teeny tiny apartment next month where storage is going to be our biggest obstacle. The Cameron system will probably save the day, though!

I have one question - Can I build the base and open cubbies and then add the doors to the cubbies later? Or are the cubbies built differently when using doors? I'm not sure what our exact needs will be, and want to leave that option open. Sorry if I just misunderstood the plans!

Thanks so much for all the great plans. But, please slow down because my Must-Have Furniture List list is getting longer than I can handle! ;) haha!

Lara (not verified)

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 13:49

Ana, I feel honored that you used my photo for this post! Thanks SO much! I also added some other photos to your Facebook Fanpage so if you want to use those you can! Thanks again SO much for these plans and your awesome website!

Calvin & Chrissy (not verified)

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 14:10

I was wondering if you could tell me how you get such a great finish on your mdf projects.


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