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.


lanni (not verified)

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 15:31

Ana --
I already built the cube shelves -- they were so easy and I love them! Thanks for the plans-- and intended to build two open bases to go on either side of my shelves.

But I am having major issues! The only panel at Home Depot that was large enough for the bottom and sides is a 1/4" inch thick panel of MDF {or so they say?} and it is proving to be impossible to build these bases with material this thin! I haven't been able to find screws thin enough to use to "build the box" - the screws keep splitting the MDF b/c it's so thing - and so I then we tried an air-compressor nail gun to try and skip the screws and nail the box together. Even those are not working and keep splintering through the MDF b/c it's too thin. Help!

Do you have another suggestion? Should I be looking a different panel or something? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you :)


Do you know if anyone else has had this issue?

YT (not verified)

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 02:29

Could you tell me the depth for the open base storage unit, I think it looks great, I would love to know if it works for the kids to be able to sit on it and take off there shoes and at the same time they could just put the shoes in the open storage part after.
Great idea, I am going to continue to follow your blog

Crystal (not verified)

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 12:14

I used these base plans to create a toy box but I made the toybox 4 ft long and added 4 inches to the height. It turned out great and was my first ever project. I LOVE this website! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

thom hall (not verified)

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 07:07

By using scribd as a host for the pdf, the plans are no longer free, in that scribd now requires a subscription. Please go back to your older method of posting the step by steps on your site. it was much easier to navigate then.

thom hall

Esra (not verified)

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 11:25

I love this whole set!! so amazing, my husband and i are going to do our first build!
i see the plan for the bench, but do you have something for the tall cubby shelves or even cubby shelves that are 3by3 or 2x3 cubbies? my girls are young so i want to make this for their playroom and want them to be able to reach :)

Barbarella517 (not verified)

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 17:29

I love this whole unit - but I can't find the plans for the top shelving in the picture. I know I saw it on the old site at one time. It doesn't seem like any of the cubby options would work because they look to be deeper than the top of this open base


Thu, 03/24/2011 - 19:33

I would also love the plans for the top- I'm trying to figure it out for myself and think it should be simple but only if you're working with 4 cubby units.  If you're working with 2 or 3 units then you would just build a shelving system the same width and depth as the top of the storage cubby as high as you want and shelves where you need them. I'm going to be making this for our front/play room den so I'm going to have to space shelves to house the tv too.   If I figure it all out (I'm only going to use 3 cubbies I think) I'll be sure to post a blog and let you all know what I did. 

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