2x4 Console Cubby Shelves

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 03/05/2010 - 09:31
| Print this plan

This console height cubby unit can be used as wall storage or as one of our readers did (inspired by DIY Magazine) an entire wall of storage! Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos.


This stack of magazines from our trip to the bookstore have been waiting to be blogged for a couple of weeks, and just yesterday it occurred to me that the April editions are probably now available. So not to overwhelm you with magazines, but I wanted to show you the reason I bought the Better Homes and Gardens DIY magazine for March 2010

image from DIY Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Spring 2010

I loved this room, and I especially love the shelving. Of course this is an IKEA Expedit unit, and at $70, a very reasonable price. I am going to give you plans for a similar unit (with trim over the shelves and dividers for extra strength) today, and also show you how to add the molding on the bottom of the shelving unit.

image from DIY Magazine, from Better Homes and Gardens Spring 2010

Notice that is THREE shelving units, put together with a solid countertop. I will show you how to adjust the length of the legs in this plan to get this exact look. Love those trees? Go to here for the pattern, from Jeni Wright of Team DIY.

So you might not have room for all three. I just want to give you an idea of how to finish out the tops and bottoms to make the shelving units look like built-ins. Of course, if you like the wheeled version better,

That's the plan we are doing today!

63 1/2" x 30 1/4" x 12 3/4"


Shopping List

4 – 8′ 1×12 Boards (Cut all of the long cuts first, short cuts from the scraps)
8 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Length

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

Cut List for the Box

2 – 1×12 @ 30 1/4″ (Sides
1 – 1×12 2 63 1/2″ (Top)
2 – 1×12 @ 62″ (Shelves)
6 – 1×12 @ 14″ (Vertical Dividers)

Cut List for the Trim (I recommend cutting your trim to the project specific measurements and using these numbers as a guide)

4 – 1×2 @ 63 1/2″ (Top and Bottom Trim)
10 – 1×2 @ 28″ (Vertical Trim)
8 – 1×2 @ 14″ (Shelf Trim)

3 – 1×2@ 11 1/2″ (Caster Wheel Supports)

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

Work on a clean level surface. Take a square after each step. Use glue and keep outside edges flush as necessary. Use proper safety equipment and precautions.


Step 1

Build the Box. Begin by fastening through the sides with 2″ nails and glue to the shelves. Use the measurements above to guide you. Then fasten the top in place.

Step 2

Dividers. First fasten all the bottom dividers in place, fastening through the shelves into the ends of the dividers. Mark out the proper spacing. Then fasten through the top into the top dividers. To fasten the bottom edge of the top divider, nail at an angle through the bottom corner of the divider into the shelf. Use 2″ nails and glue.

Step 3

Trim. Using 2″ nails and glue, fasten the trim in place, measuring to fit. You may wish to mark the top and bottom trim before fastening the vertical trim in place. The shelf trim is flush on the top with the shelves.

Step 4

Caster Supports. Using 1 1/4″ nails and glue, fasten the caster supports to the bottom of the piece. Then fasten your casters to these pieces.



Tue, 07/05/2011 - 07:02

I am planning on making two of these and putting them in a corner, but I do not know how sturdy they will be. Anyone know if the facing helps enough to sturdy these up or if they should have a back?

Kate (not verified)

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 13:34

Does anyone know if Ana ever posted the extended plans with the built-in instructions?

heavy duty castors (not verified)

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 00:27

This cube shelve is really cool because it has caster wheels that makes it movable. Having wheels will allow you to put it in your preferred place without needing to carry. A simple push and pull will do the job.

Selena Gomez (not verified)

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 14:38

I am totally going to hire someone to make this for me because I don't have enough time between songwriting and acting and I hope this helped everyone else as well!

Marcus (not verified)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 18:00

Going to build this weekend and I see in the tools list it calls for a kreg jig but does not mention it in the plans. Any advise on when to use or if I should just use the nails like in the plans.


Fri, 01/04/2013 - 19:08

So I've been getting emailed for years now about the extended plans, lately a lot!! I finally saw tonight where someone suggested I upload it so everyone can download the plans if they are so interested. So here is the link:


I feel a bit guilty since it's not my work but she hasn't updated the blog with plans for almost 2 years so hopefully she won't mind.


Tue, 04/09/2013 - 12:27

I'm new to this site but want to attempt this project with hubby soon. Looking it over though I see screws and nails are listed under shopping list but I don't see in the plan where the screws are used. Is it just nails all the way around, no screws?

Free Plans Made Possible By Our Sponsors