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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Eric and Jessi (not verified)

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 12:28

Where did you get/How did you make the cushion? This is my first project and so far it's great!

Linda (not verified)

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 17:25

Hi, can't wait to make my first knock off wood project, but which ONE to pick?! Would this rolling cart need to have the cubby dividers underneath? Could it be left open? I'd like to make this for my laundry room and store 2 rectangular baskets underneath and 2 round baskets on top. Just want to make sure it would be sturdy enough. Thanks!! Love all of your plans!! They're great!

liz (not verified)

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 16:35

I was wondering if it would be possible to build this with 4 cubes, a bit wider? If so, could you please send me the new dimensions and cut list?

Thanks so much for the wonderful site-I can't wait to get started!!!

Cubbies and Lo… (not verified)

Sat, 12/04/2010 - 19:17

[...] Cubbies and Locker Bench Plans via Better Homes and Gardens I could really use this storage bench on rollers in an area where we enter into our home. This is a great way to store shoes, etc out of the way! I also love the lockers and cubbies set up in the picture below. Ana White has the plans for this bench with cubbies go  here [...]

Janeen (not verified)

Thu, 01/06/2011 - 09:13

Hi Ana

Your designs offer really great solutions that leave me wanting to try them all! What is the recommended paint finish? Is there a special type that should be used so I can avoid a tacky or sticky surface?

Thanks again for all of your great designs and inspiritation.