Rolling Cubby Bench

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 07:00
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These rolling cubbies feature three large cubbies at bench height. Easy to build and fully framed, inexpensive and sturdy, there is a place for these rolling cubbies in every home.

16 1/4" x 48" x 13"


Shopping List

1 – 8′ 1×12 board
1 – 6′ 1×12 board
4 – 1×2 8′ boards
2″ nails for finish nailer
Wood filler
Wood glue
4 caster wheels with screws

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

1 – 1×12 @ 48″ (Top)
1 – 1×12 @ 46 1/2″ (Bottom)
2 – 1×12 @ 15 1/2″ (Sides)
2 – 1×12 @ 14″ (Dividers)
4 – 1×2 @ 48″ (Horizontal Trim)
8 – 1×2 @ 13 1/4″ (Vertical Trim, measure to fit perfectly)
2 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Wheel Supports, measure to fit)

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

Work on a clean level surface. Mark out joints prior to fastening. Take a square after each step to ensure your project is square. Use glue and 2″ nails unless otherwise directed. Wear saftey gear and take necessary safety precautions.


Step 1

Build the box. Build the box, as shown above. Use the 2″ nails and glue to fasten in place.

Step 2

Top and Bottom Trim. Fasten the top and bottom trim pieces, as shown above. Keep top edges and outside edges flush. Make sure you fasten the top piece to the dividers, sides and top. This will help reinforce your joints. Use glue and 2″ nails.

Step 3

Vertical Trim. Fasten the vertical trim in place, using the measurements shown above. Keep the outside edges flush. The center vertical trim pieces will be centered on the vertical dividers. Use the 2″ nails and glue. Also fasten through the top and bottom of the horizontal trim pieces from step 2 into the end edges of the vertical trim.

Step 4

Supports. Fasten the supports as shown above.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any nail holes with wood filler. Sand and finish as desired.
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Melissa (not verified)

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 12:03

OOOO!! I'm waiting for the bigger one and then I'm going to try to make this!! Can't wait!!

jrwarfield (not verified)

Fri, 03/05/2010 - 17:26

I Love these more modern cubies. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try making some myself!

Sarah (not verified)

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 18:09

omg, love at first site visit! I've been wanting just such a pair of versatile benches and this looks like a perfect starter project. thanks for starting such an awesome, femme friendly DIY blog!

Jennifer (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 12:52

Hi Ana! Would it be easy to simply add 2" feet rather than casters? I am thinking of doing this design (…$) from Land of Nod for my youngest's bedroom. I think your rolling bookcase plans would be easy to adapt.

I want to do the cubby bench in the middle (under her window) and then put DOUBLE-wide, tall cubby bookcases on each side of her window. But I definitely don't want any of the pieces to roll........... :)


Jess (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 16:01

Hi Ana, Love the blog! Like you, I love farmhouse style. I love the simplicity of this cubby, but it doesn't have the exact look I like. What do you think about adding colonial moulding or something around the edges to give it more of a farmhouse look? Would it be too much?

Ana White (not verified)

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 18:00

Jennifer, it would be very easy to do what you are talking about. Just trim the top out first, then extend the side trim down as far as you would like, then trim the bottom and cubbies out.

Jess, if you would like to add base mouldings, do what Jennifer above is doing. You should be able to easily add standard 3 1/4" moulding to the bottom edge and the sides. Actually have the DIY mag, and they do something very similar to this with the IKEA (TM) stuff.


Natty (not verified)

Sat, 03/20/2010 - 19:03

Oh my! I cannot even tell you how happy I am to have happened upon your site! You do truly amazing work. I actually found you while doing a google search for "how to build a bench". My parents are going away for a week and I am planning on redecorating (or rather decorating for the first time) their entryway. I REALLY wanted a bench for under their window with some storage and this is absolutely perfect. Will certainly send some photos once it's finished. Thanks!

aklatina (not verified)

Sat, 03/27/2010 - 19:57

OH MY GOSH! thank you so much for these I just got the catalog and was Drooling over these, although they looked simple in the catalog, I would have never thought to attempt them without plans, and getting anything similar even here in anchorage is impossible.! Cant wait to try these thank you again! Love your blog!

teamshield (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 01:17

Ana: I made this as my first project and my family(and husband) was so impressed. I painted mine glossy black and I am using it as a bench next to our indoor artificial ice rink. I put rubber floor tiles in the bottom of each cubby so that skates could be stored inside. It's the perfect spot to sit while putting on skates. Before I built this, my husband had a folding, ripped plastic lawn chair. :)
I did predrill holes for my nails and left off the casters. I had my big blue store cut the wood for me and it honestly took longer waiting for the wood than it did to put it together!
Thanks so much!!