Small Locker Cabinet

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A small locker cabinet ideal for helping children organize and hang their own belongings.

Well, I'm glad to be plugged back in.

On Monday, a terrible windstorm came through and took out our power and communication lines.  Power was back up on Monday, but I'm about 1 hour into having DSL back, and let me tell you, I missed you!  I'm totally amazed at all of the projects readers have shared on our Facebook Page (had to sneak over to the neighbors to relay you all a message earlier today via FB).  You are amazing.  Check out just how amazing.  Oh, and these are all FIRST projects!

How about Jenny's Farmhouse Table?

My first project is in the house! Thank you, Ana! The bench is in the garage waiting for sanding and staining.

This amazing and cute playhouse by Duane and Elizabeth

This is my first project. I ended up cutting another window in the back and scaled it to fit on top of our existing 6x6 platform. My kids love it! Thank you!

From Penny, a classic simple bench

My first project! It took months to get the nerve to begin. I just took it slow and one step at a time. What will I do next . . .

Love this bench, Penny!

From Cami, Super Easy Bench

Our first project! I am sooo proud!! Thank you, Ana. I am not crafty and I have never done anything like this before. I can't believe it turned out as nice as it did!!

There have been so many amazing projects!  Mine isn't really that amazing.

More like functional.  And timely.  Does school start in the morning for everyone else?

I'm not prepared to let Grace out of my site just yet, but if I could, this kid's locker would be the perfect spot to hang her outfit for the next day.  Or if you had multiples, each could have their own cubby.  You could make a fourth cubby if you needed too.

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

2 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 14 feet long
1 - 1/4" Plywood or Beadboard 1/2 sheet

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 - 1x12 @ 51 1/4" (Sides)
1 - 1x12 @ 40 1/2" (Top)
2 - 1x12 @ 37 1/2" (Shelves)
2 - 1x12 @ 33 1/2" (Dividers)
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 39" x 52" (Back - 48" would work.)
2 - 1x2 @ 49 3/4" (Sides)
1 - 1x3 @ 36" (Footer)
1 - 1x2 @ 39" (Header)
1 - 1x2 @ 40 1/2" (Crown)

Cutting Instructions

Cut list is also shown in the PDF. Cut longest boards first.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Full detailed instructions are shown in the PDF.


Step 1

Start by cutting all your boards. I used my Kreg Jig™ to drill pocket holes into the inside tops of the blue boards, both ends on the underside of the green boards, and on both ends of the purple boards. I drilled three pocket holes per end. Then I measured and marked out all of my joints. Don’t forget that a 1x is actually only 3/4″ thick.

Step 2

After squaring everything up, I tacked the back on with 1″ finish nails and glue. By also nailing into shelves and the locker sides, you add strength to the piece.

Step 3

Then I built the face frame by drilling pocket holes in both ends of the purple board, and the top ends of the blue boards. I marked the side boards and joined all the boards with screws through the pocket holes. Super easy. Finally, I used 2″ finish nails and glue to attach the face frame to the front of the locker cabinet.

Step 4

Finally, I used glue and 2″ nails to attach the crown to the top of the face frame and the top of the locker cabinet.

Step 5

Comments - Click to Display Comments


scballou (not verified)

Wed, 08/18/2010 - 20:06

Jenny's Farmhouse Table

I'd love to find out what kind of paint Jenny used for that wall color! Its gorgeous!

WindyLou (not verified)

Wed, 08/18/2010 - 21:16

If Jenny doesn't make it back to comment, we have a similar color in our house called Sunnydale (for sure) made by valspar (I think).

PP-SD (not verified)

Wed, 08/18/2010 - 23:07

Hi Im new on here & live in England. I cant wait to try one of your projects. They are amazing and sound great fun to make.
Jenny what a FAB table. I love it. Where on earth do you start to make a table like that? I've been after a table like that for years. Never ever thought of making my own.... till now :-)
Many thanks for a great site. I'm in my element here.

Jenny (not verified)

Thu, 08/19/2010 - 00:44

Hi, I'm Jenny. Thanks everyone for your comments! The paint in my kitchen & dining room is called Lounge Green from Sherwin Williams. It is my favorite wall color in the house.

ellison01 (not verified)

Thu, 08/19/2010 - 17:44

Love this so much i made it today! Painting and hopefully bringing it in the house tomorrow, can't wait to share pics!


Mon, 08/15/2011 - 10:21

any chance I can get your sketch up file for this? I'm making something similar for my boys room, but it needs modifying. I could start from scratch, but.....

NathanE (not verified)

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:14

Why does the material list 1 1x3 at 14 feet when it's only used for the footer? I'm presuming it's a typo and we actually need a 4' (one foot of which gets cut off)?

A desperate ho… (not verified)

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 11:52

I have read many of your plans. I have never built anything and I am very nervous to start. Why? I have no clue.

I have a newbie-type of question: How do you hide all of the nails/screws? I know you countersink them. (I had my husband explain what this meant. hehe) How do you cover them. All of the projects looks so polished and I see nothing that talks about covering the holes.

In this particular project you mention using the Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes into the boards yet I see no indication of this in the image. Help!? Before I start, how do I hide the holes?

Thanks a million for all you do! I can't wait to try my hand at making my own things. :)

Brad Kid Lockers (not verified)

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 18:26

I love these kid lockers. My little ones know that when they come home from school, their coats go in the locker on the hook and the rain boots go under the seat until it rains again. I built similar lockers in my mudroom and it was one of the best things I've ever done.
No more searching the house for coats and boots and whatever, it's all in the lockers!

Brad Kid Lockers (not verified)

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 18:32

I love these kid lockers. My little ones know that when they come home from school, their coats go in the locker on the hook and the rain boots go under the seat until it rains again. I built similar lockers in my mudroom and it was one of the best things I've ever done.
No more searching the house for coats and boots and whatever, it's all in the kids locker!


Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:47

Hi CatharineB,

If you ever have trouble with the .pdf link, you can also save the "printer friendly version" of the plan as a .pdf. These are the steps if you have Windows 7:

Click on the "printer friendly version" icon to open (located at the bottom of the plan, just above the comments)
Right click > Print
In the Print box that pops up, under "Destination" click "Change"
Then from the pull down you can select "save as pdf"
Click Save, and then you'll get the normal windows for saving the file onto your computer.

Good luck with your build!


Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:53

I am unable to find a link to the PDF for the child locker cubbies.  I really want to build them for my preschool classroom!!! Help!