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.


Noelle A. (not verified)

Wed, 07/13/2011 - 13:09

I just made this, and loved how quickly it went together and how the finished product looks. BUT. I will never use MDF for anything again. The 3/4" MDF I used split every bleeping chance it had. It doesn't ruin the piece, but I took extra care putting this together and it is frustrating to have the splits there. Next time I will replace it with plywood or side by side 1x10's. Otherwise, a great project and very satisfying to put together.

Mindy M. (not verified)

Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:31

Can anyone direct me to the blog for the person who made that storage unit above (white unit, green wall, alphabet on the wall)? I had saved a link to the brag post on Ana's old site because she had a really cute mural that I wanted to try to replicate in my daughter's room. Now, I can't find her anywhere & the only pictures I can find of the playroom are the one shown above. Any help would be very appreciated.

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 09/18/2011 - 08:50

Thanks for posting the pdf again Ana. For some reason when ever I tried to open it in Internet Explorer, Explorer would close due to an error. I downloaded Explorer 9 but that didn't fix the problem. Then I tried to open it in Safari and was able to open and print with no problems. Odd, because I can open other pdfs but thought I would post incase anyone else has a similar problem.

Thank you so much for giving our family the tools to have the furniture we have always dreamed of having!!!

:) Katie


Sun, 01/01/2012 - 21:37

When I open the PDF to look at the plans for the open base they are all garbled. Is there any other way to get them? This would be a perfect addition for my girls playroom. Thanks! ;-)

David (not verified)

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 16:05

Was trying to look at your pdf but it is all garbled, could you repost or email one.

Thanks! Love the site!


Joslin (not verified)

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 15:50

I am having the same prob;em as everyone else Can you please e-mail me the link for the cut list and general instructions. Thank you Sooooooooooo much!!!


Tasha lynn (not verified)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:46

I love this entire unit with the cubes and the base. I have been looking for the plans for the entire unit, but cannot seem to find them. Do you have plans for it and how would I find them. My husband and I are very new at this so we need all the help we can get. Thank you!

T Moye (not verified)

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 19:35

I like the picture of the playroom storage with the four open base "land of nod" cubes at the base of the storage unit. It's the picture with the white unit on the green wall. That is exactly what i want! Are the " cube collection" plans below that pic the same plans for that white unit?? If so, I must be looking at it wrong. Thanks in advance for your help.

april l (not verified)

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 10:19

I would also LOVE plans for the whole unit as pictured above! We're working on finishing our basement into a play/family room and I really want a set of wall shelves to hold all the toys/toy bins and this looks perfect. Help please :)

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