Locker Bookshelf - Full Size

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 08/30/2019 - 11:52
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Need better organization in your entryway or hall, but it's too narrow for a hall tree or bench, and don't want to drill holes in your wall?

Build your own locker unit!  It's the size of a bookshelf, and is freestanding - so you can move into your home without drilling holes in the wall.  You can build it with basic tools and our free step by step plans with full diagrams, shopping and cut lists.

Need a smaller size?  We have plans for a smaller locker bookshelf here.

freestanding wood locker bookshelf

Photo by KHAWLEY5 - modified in height

locker unit freestanding wood project
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List
  • 44 – 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • 2″ brad nails
  • 1″ brad nails
  • 3 – 1×12 – 12 foot Pine or Whitewood Boards
  • 4 – 1×2 – 8 foot Pine or Whitewood Boards
  • 1 – 1×3 – 4 foot Pine or Whitewood Board
  • One sheet 1/4″ plywood, paneling or MDF
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood filler or Pocket Hole Plugs 
  • Coat Hooks
Cut List
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 67 1/4″ (sides)
  • 3 – 1×12 @ 46 1/2″ (shelves)
  • 1 – 1×12 @ 49 1/2″ (top)
  • 2 – 1×12@ 36 1/2″ (locker sides)
  • 1 – 1×2 @ 48″ (header)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 65 3/4″ (side trim)
  • 1 – 1×2 @ 49 1/2″ (crown)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Build the Box

This is so easy. Just drill pocket holes on both ends of all of the shelves and the top ends of the sides. Drill three pocket holes per end, as shown in the diagram. Then mark the sides for the joints of the shelves. Apply glue to the shelves and screw in place with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 2

Locker Dividers

Mark the middle shelves as shown above. Drill pocket holes on both ends of each of the dividers. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue to attach dividers to the shelves.

Step 3


I purposely choose to make the back 48″ wide so that 1) you don’t have to rip plywood and 2) you don’t have to waste plywood. Use 2″ nails and glue to nail the back on. Make sure you all the shelves and dividers too.

Step 4

Face Frame

Drill pocket holes on both ends of the footer and header. Drill two pocket holes per end. Mark legs 3″ from bottom and screw the footer and header to legs as shown above. Tack the frame to the face of the cabinet.

Step 5

Attach front top trim to finish out the front edge of the cabinet.


Anna White (not verified)

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 19:15

Hi Anna,

Congratulations on your special an achievement! You must feel so very proud..and rightly so ; )

So nice to meet another Anna White on the other side of the globe...who also has a passion for Interior Design. Stumbled across your blog via Honey were Home...and look forward to sitting down with a nice cuppa and browsing through your posts.

Warm Regards,

Anna x

c b goode (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 00:11

I love this magazine! Congratulations! It has been so much fun to watch your blog evolve. I'm so excited that all your hard work is paying off. Keep it up:)

Jodi (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 01:23

Ana - first and foremost, THANK YOU. For what you are doing, thank you. Secondly, congrats on the article. Can't wait to see a copy.

Kate (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 03:01

Congrats on being in the magazine!

I had to say, I love this plan and need to make sone when we move into a house (assuming there's a spot for one).

ChristyMiller (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 03:42

I would love to build this, but I just don't have a wall for it! Our entry way has windows do I can't do anything tall :( I have used your plans to make a shorter bench though! thanks Ana!

Elizabeth (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 03:43

Congrats on your feature!! I'm anxious to go get a copy of the magazine! I have such a long list of things I would like to build, I think I may need a bigger house!

Shawnda (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 04:03

Congratulations! I've been wanting to check out Fresh Home and your link just gave me the push I needed. I wasn't sure if I'd love the magazine (although I have to say that Family Handyman is fabulous), but if you're featured, I know I'm going to love it.

I haven't built anything from your site yet, but I have quite a few things in my "to build" file and plan to get started soon. I just got my shop cleaned up from building a large cage for my daughter's pet rats, and boy, instructions like yours would have saved me some time and frustration with that project. I'm feeling inspired again, and I have you to thank for it, so....Thank You! :)

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