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.


Matt & Elaine (not verified)

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 06:39

Just thought I'd let you know, the cutting list has the wrong measurement for the vertical door stiles. Should say 18-3/4".
Thanks for all your great plans! We've already made a couple of toddler picnic tables and are almost finished the Cubby Media Wall. I'll get pics soon. Thanks again!

Joann (not verified)

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 08:05

Just wondering about the doors - do you just leave the edge of the large panel exposed? I suppose it would work all right with MDF, but wouldn't it be pretty rough with plywood? (Just fyi, I think that Orange and Blue could make a fortune if they'd come up with some sort of DIY door edging that you could fasten to a panel to make a finished door.)

Lora (not verified)

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 15:15

I just wanna give you a GIANT HUG!! Thanks so much for taking time to maintain your website the way that you do! I am planning on building a storage unit for my son's new playroom upstairs. We have never really used the upstairs and I thought...what a waste of inspired me!! I plan on builing three "Open Base Storage", two "Cameron Cubbies" and one Hutch for the center! Thanks so much! Once I collect all the materials I will post! Thanks so much!!!!!

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 07/10/2011 - 15:21

I just want to let you know that on the cut list for the door stiles it is listed at 18 1/2 x 2 1/2 and then in the picture that you show in step 7 of the directions it is shown as 18 3/4 x 2 1/2. It does actually need to be 18 3/4. Also for the doors to fit perfectly you may want to specify that you need a true 1" x 2" board. The ones sold at most hardware stores are actually 3/4" not a full inch. Otherwise, thanks so much for your designs!! We are almost done!!

Richard Lavallee (not verified)

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 16:29

The plans call for the stiles and the rails to be placed on the back of the doors. But the picture of the doors at the beginning of the project, under the dimensions, show the rails and stiles on the front of the doors. Which one is correct, and could you do it either way?


Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:39

Hey Anna, this project is great!  I noticed some typos on the measurements.  The Cut list specifies I) 4 – 1/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 18 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (Door Stiles).  This is not consistent with the diagram, which shows the length to be 18 3/4".  I double checked, and the 18 3/4" is what the cut list should say.  

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