Store All Open Base For the Cube Collection

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 07/27/2010 - 07:59
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I like to call these "clean your own room" bins for preschoolers. They may not be old enough to organize, but even toddlers can stuff stuffed animals into these bins. And check out what Alexis did!


I'm loving this cube collection because it's so simple and easy to build, but also extremely functional and versatile.  I'm thinking these new pieces could straighten up even the messiest of entryways or call to order even the most cluttered of kid spaces.

Cube Collection, image by Ana White

In addition to the plans shown above, we also have the bookcase

6 Cube Bookshelf, Cube Collection, image by Ana White

All of these plans are designed around the fabric cubes that you can pick up just about anywhere for a very reasonable price in a variety of colors.  You can see all of the plans I have to date in this collection here.  I will also be adding a drawer base and hutch, and possibly one more bookshelf, and then we have a complete collection!

Open Storage Base, Cube Collection, image by Ana White

Today's plan?  This store-all clean open base unit that works with the lockers.  Oh, the things I could stuff in there.

Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List

1 - 20" wide project panel or MDF shelving 72" long 

1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 
1 - 1x12 4 feet long 
1 - 1x8 @ 4 feet long 
1 - 1/4" Plywood, 1/4" sheet
Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Please see attached PDF for full cut list and instructions.

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

Please reference the PDF for this plan.


Moe (not verified)

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 09:16

Are there plans for the locker unit? I have not found them in my quick search o the site.

Cynthia (not verified)

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 09:35

I did my own knock-off of the 'Bedford Desk' a couple years ago. I'll add it to your flikr group in case anyone else wants to do it for a home office. Love all your plans!

Leanne (not verified)

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 10:14

I am so excited that you did the open base! I have been waiting for that one to go with the locker unit! thank you, thank you!!

aSprinkling (not verified)

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 10:59

Could you include plans for drawers that would fit into the cube spaces? Or maybe even one large or two medium drawers to fit into the bench?

I love the cubes, but sometimes my kids' toys could use a little more support.

Annalea (not verified)

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 11:36

Thanks so much for posting this, and reminding me of the locker part of this set! I've been trying to figure out how to configure the boot room for our home, and these are perfect.

Just wait a couple of years, and you'll get to see a farmhouse (that's about to be built) chock full of Knock Off Wood plans. :o) I know I can hardly wait, since I'll get to live in it! lol

Thanks again!

Aubergine (not verified)

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 22:43

I'd like to request a plan for cubes too. I would like something more substantial then the fabric ones

heather h (not verified)

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 19:07

Ana, these are great! Is the open base similar to the much-requested storagapalooza bins? We love those and are lucky enough to have been gifted two of them in the past. Although we would love more now that we have a second child (and FAR more junk of the pink plastic princess sort), there is just not room in our budget. These bins are amazing!

Do you see yourself working on storagepalooza-inspired plans? I love the veggie bins you did, but I have been holding my breath every time I open my Google Reader to see if these beloved bins might be there. They are that great, well worth the wait for sure. The best ever, your readers will go crazy with delight!!

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