6 Cube Organizer

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 01/07/2020 - 13:09
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Build your own 6 cube organizer bookcase designed to fit standard fabric cubes!  The cubby design helps with organization and keeping items separated.  We love the legs - so it's more like a real piece of furniture.  Solid wood construction is easy to paint or stain. Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com

DIY 6 Cube Organizer Plans

Built and photographed by Hillary from The Friendly Home

6 cube organizer dimensions shown in diagram
Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List
  • 1 1x12, 12’ Long
  • 1 1x12, 8’ Long
  • 5 1x2s, 8’ Length
  • 2” self tapping wood screws or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws
  • 1 1/4” and 3/4" brad nails
  • Small Tube Wood Glue
  • Medium Grit Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies including wood filler, paint or stain of choice

Shopping List is for One 6 Cube Organizer Bookshelf

Cut List
  • 1- 1x12 @ 40 1/2” Top
  • 2- 1x12 @ 26 3/4 “ Sides
  • 2- 1x12 @ 39” Shelves
  • 4- 1x12 @ 12 1/4” Cubby Dividers
  • 4- 1x2 @ 31” Legs
  • 6- 1x2 @ about 37 1/2” Side Shelf trim - you should measure and cut these pieces to fit
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Mark out all of your joints as shown in the diagram on the cut pieces. Predrill and countersink all screws, using 2” screws and glue. Adjust for square.

NOTE: You can also use 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and a Kreg Jig for construction.

Step 2

Attach the bottom shelf divider pieces to the bottom shelf with 2" screws.

Then attach bottom shelf to sides (with glue where the vertical cubby dividers line up).

A 1x2 will be added to further strengthen this joint.

Step 3

Attach legs to the sides, flush on all sides, with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4

Measure and cut the horizontal trim to fit on the front and backs of the bookshelf. Repeat for back.

Step 5

Attach back with 3/4" brad nails and glue.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Sand the project with medium grit sandpaper.


mary elizabeth (not verified)

Sun, 10/10/2010 - 06:05

Hi Ana! I love the new site and love your plans. We are just finishing building our house and I can't wait to have all the tools set up in the garage so I can start building some of these great things myself! Just a quick thought, I don't know anything about blogging but have seen on some other blogs verification thingy at the bottom where you enter in a word shown to keep advertisers and non-real people from posting. I think Casa Modern et al are pretty terrible for trying to get free advertising on your site. Boo. If they think Ana White fans would like their stuff and you are cool with them as a sponsor they should pay you for the ad space. Anyways, just wondering.

Jessica (not verified)

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 13:25

This may be a stupid question but this is my first project so have a little mercy!! haha but I'm going to build this for my cousin who just had a baby. What kind of wood do I use....see told you it was a stupid question!


Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 11/11/2010 - 07:16

Jessica I used pine or whitewood boards. Cheap and paints well! And easy to work with for a first project. Make sure you ask for furring strips for 1x2s, 1x3s, 1x4s and 2x2s - but check the quality. Where I live, the furring strips are the same as the premium boards, but this is not always the case. Good luck! Ana

Kristen (not verified)

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 06:37

I am unable to save this project as a PDF for some reason. Not a huge deal, but I thought you might like to know. Have a great day!

Kristen (not verified)

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 06:46

Well, it appears that I completely overlooked the embedded file that was further down the page. My apologies.

Allison Ripoll (not verified)

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 19:30

Hi Ana,
I have a dilemma! I live in Venezuela and nothing is the same here!!! I can't buy wood filler or 1x2's, 1x3's or anything else!!! I have learned to substitute a lot of things. I made the $4 stackable chairs and Clara's table and had to improvise on a lot of things! I finally found countersink bits for the drill, but at $20 a piece, I have had to learn to join my boards in a different way!!! But my most current problem is not being able to purchase 1x12's. I can buy 1x7's and then I have to cut them to the width that I need. I am new to building, but I LOVE it!!! So please forgive my dumb question, but what can I substitute for 1x12's??? I can get mdf board and compressed pine board in large sheets. Could I just use one of these or would they maybe not be as strong??? Is there something else I could use since a lot of plans call for these.

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