25 Cubbies on the Wall

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 06/01/2010 - 21:38
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Twenty five little cubbies on the wall that you can store just about anything in! Advent calender to spices, collections to candles, there's room to display and store your favorite little things here!

Well, the HUBS is back home, and that should mean more time for me to blog and build because I have some relief from childcare . . . but instead . . . I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.  He wants me not to work so hard, to go fishing, to have fun.  And I try to explain to him that fun for me is being productive.  A day at the spa for me is like Grace sitting in a timeout chair.  So anyway, plans are going to be short and sweet, because the roses are in bloom and the RAM says I need to stop and smell them . . . well, not in those words, it's more like the fish are biting and I need to stop and catch some fish.  But I only like fishing when it's to fill the freezer, not just to see if I can catch one, and then throw it back.

I've been meaning to blog this plan for some time, because many of you have wrote me saying you love this Cubby Organizer from Pottery Barn, and I'm sure many of you have accumulated quite a scrap pile.  I choose to build this plan out of 1x6s for a 5 1/2" deep cubby, but you could of course make yours 3 1/4" deep if you are knee deep in 1x4 scraps (which many of you probably are after building the outdoor furniture).


The trick with cubbies is it's easy to work yourself into a corner and have nowhere to nail or screw from.  Here's what's important to take not of: the bottom is the only part that needs to be securely fastened in place.  The top can be just glued in place.  Think of it this way, if you have a object forcing the cubby divider out of position, the force is probably on the bottom of the divider, and not the top.  And you would be surprised at how many things you buy are actually glued together.  So get some good glue, and let's get started!


I really liked and was inspired by the Pottery Barn Cubby Organizer, but I made this design slightly larger because, if you can, you should always make good use of your boards and minimize your scraps.  So the dimensions are slightly larger.  And also, you can use 1x4s instead of 1x6s to build this.

And this is what Lindsay already built!  What a great place to store fabric  :)

32" x 32" x 5 1/2" Deep (approximate)


Shopping List

4 – 1×6 Boards, 8′ Long
1 – 1/4″ Plywood at least 28 1/4″ x 32″
2″ Screws or nails
1 1/4″ Nails
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies (Paint, Wood Filler, etc)
Picture Hanging Kit (Optional)

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

6 – 1×6 @ 30 1/2″ (Shelves)
20 – 1×6 @ 4 3/4″ (Cubby Dividers)
2 – 1×6 @ 31 1/2″ (Sides)
1/4″ Scrap plywood @ 28 1/4″ x 32″ (Back)

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

On this project, being square and good glue are super important. It’s a good idea to mark all of your joints first, trust me, it’ll save you lots of time. And find a clean level spot to work off of. Check for square. Clamp your glue joints.


Step 1

Nail or screw your cubby dividers to the shelves as shown above, creating five different shelves with four cubby dividers attached. Use glue and 2″ fasteners.

Step 2

Attach the cubbies with glue and clamp and let dry. If you have a nailer, you could nail at an angle as shown above. Also, if you have a Kreg Jig™, you could drill pocket holes on the faces of the cubby dividers to attach. Your cubbies should be laying flat on the FRONT FACE of the cubbies. Make sure everything is square before you let the cubbies dry. If you need to, you can glue two shelves together, clamp, let dry, and then add another shelf, glue, clamp, let dry and so on (because like me, you probably don’t have an endless supply of clamps).

Step 3

Attach the top to the shelf as shown above, using screws or nails and glue.

Step 4

The sides will help tie everything together. You fasten the sides to the shelves to keep the shelves in place as the cubby dividers dry. Make sure you attach the sides so that the face is resting down (you can either cut out later with a jigsaw the scalloped pattern or do it before you assemble the sides).

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any nail holes with wood filler. Sand and finish as desired. Either attach by screwing through the back into a stud in the wall or purchase a picture hanging kit and use it to hang your shelves. I’m officially saving any boards that are longer than 4″ (an shorter and I get a little nervous at the saw).


Heather (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 02:52

I love this!! love it, love it, love it. You are a genius Ana, although hopefully you already know that. Now, go catch some fish. I love me some fresh Alaskan salmon, assuming that's what you're fishing for? or trout...yummy! Wish I was there, instead of here in Michigan. oh well... Have a wonderful day!!

3Janes (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 03:34

THANK YOU!!! This is perfect for my sewing room and those infernal little pet shop toys that keep multiplying in our house!! You're a life savior Ana!

The Hillbilly … (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 03:49

Hi, I am a new follower. Thanks for the work you do of posting all your plans online. I look forward to making some projects with my husband.

One comment on today's post...WHY DO these men not see that working on our little craftiness is very therapeutic...especially when it's an hour to ourselves without a kid hanging off of you? LOL...I like to fish too, but boy that has been a long time. Enjoy!

Rebecca Edward… (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 04:39

Ana, thanks for posting this! I had been eyeballing that piece but it was so low on the list of things to build, but now that you have posted the plans, I am going to go through my scraps...Yay!

Stacy (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 04:42

I'm really excited about this plan. One question though? Why does the cut list 25 pieces for the dividers? It seems like in all the sketchups, there are only 20 used? What am I missing??

Sarah @ TheUgl… (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 04:44

This is similar to the 5x5 EXPEDIT unit at Ikea, and exactly the kind of thing I need in my craft room. Thank you for posting this, I'm looking forward to getting my new favorite room in the house in gear!

Leah (not verified)

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 05:15

Ana, I'd hate to have someone worry about these plans after reading in step 5, "you should have trouble with the piece not being strucutally sound."

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