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.


Jarachristensen1018 (not verified)

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 17:29

Hello! I love this tutorial!! My hubby and I need to built a COUPLE of these things for a project we are making and we are trying to figure out how much money we need. How much did it cost you (estimated guess) per unit?

Jarachristensen1018 (not verified)

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 17:30

Hello! I love this tutorial!! My hubby and I need to built a COUPLE of these things for a project we are making and we are trying to figure out how much money we need. How much did it cost you (estimated guess) per unit?

cje023 (not verified)

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 21:33

Hi! My boyfriend and I decided to take on this project for our first DIY build together :) We modified the plans a little as we added another row of cubes on top and put trim around the top edge. We painted it black and it inspired us to paint the rest of our living room furniture (coffee table, end table and tv stand) black as well. It looks very modern and classic... i Love it!!

The hardest part we found was actually getting the wood cut to size as we have limited space and no power tools of our own. It turned out great and we can't wait to get started on our next project! :)

Check out my page for pictures!

Anthony F (not verified)

Sun, 11/25/2012 - 06:38

I love the plan. I do suggest using wood dowels for the bottom where you couldn't "nail" directly into the wood. I might even use wood dowels for the "bottom" portion of each divider and nail in the top portion of each. Other than that, love the plan. I will be using this with a tweaking to make laundry basket holder in our utility room. Thanks!


Mon, 04/08/2013 - 07:11

Can't wait to make these--thanks for sharing! The problem the pdf for the plans are not working...Adobe says file is corrupted? Instead of text, it is just symbols. The drawings come through for some reason.



Sun, 04/28/2013 - 06:42

I have seen such a bookshelf model at the Perry Belcher's advertising office. I do not believe that such a nice furniture can be done manually. I will personally try this project.


Sun, 02/14/2016 - 19:34

Building my first project now... how do I know whether to use screws vs nails and how many do I use on each joint to build the "box" (ie. step 1)?  thanks


Thu, 07/14/2016 - 12:33


I've been making a shelf like this during my free time, and admittedly it's been made over different sessions rather than all at once. When I completed construction and put the trim across the front two shelves they had both bowed and were no longer straight. This is causing a problem in that the trim is straight and no longer lines up across the entirety of the shelf board. 

Any recommendations of how I can fix this, or more realistically, avoid this in future projects?



Fri, 04/02/2021 - 12:28

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