Raised Toy Box

raised toy box
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We love this raised toy box!  There's room underneath for stools, storage or bigger toys!

Free step by step plans from Ana-White.com

raised toy box dimensions
Also note, I did use 1x12s to build mine because I had those cute storage ottomans that I wanted to gift with the toy box. But this plan is for a slightly deeper toybox – a little more storage, and a little less clearance underneath.


Shopping List
  • 1/2 sheet of 3/4″ Plywood or MDF (I used MDF) cut into 15 1/2″ wide strips, 4 feet long (referred to as 1x16s) see diagram.
  • 2 – 2x2s, 8 feet long
  • 30 – 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws ) OR 2-1/2″ self tapping wood screws
  • wood glue


Cut List
  • 3 – 3/4" plywood @ 15-1/2" x 32″ (Sides and Bottom)  - cut first from the 15-1/2" wide plywood strips
  • 2 – 1×16 @ 15 1/2″ x 15-1/2" (Sides) - cut from leftovers
  • 4 – 2×2 @ 32″ (Legs)
Cutting Instructions

Ask the home improvement store to cut your plywood into strips with their track saw, feeding the plywood through horizontally without readjusting the blade for a more accurate cut.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1


If you plan carefully, as shown above, it will all fit on one sheet of plywood. Remember, you cannot mark all the cuts then cut as the saw blade takes up space too. Mark, cut, mark and so on. I highly recommend having your home improvement store at least ripping the plywood into easy to manage (and haul in your car) 15 1/2″ wide strips, 4 feet long. Then when you get home, all you have to do is make a few easy straight cuts.

Step 2


Drill all pocket hole sin all of the boards, as pictured in all of the diagrams. Then attach the legs to the ends as shown above. Use glue. You can alternately use 2″ wood screws and glue, just make sure you predrill all holes first with a countersink bit.

Step 3


Now attach the sides to the bottom as shown above. Use glue. Again, you can use 2″ screws and glue to joint the sides to the bottom, just make sure you also use a countersink bit. Also, if you are working with MDF and are screwing into the edges, make sure you predrill the entire distance of the screw shaft and use DRYWALL screws, as regular wood screws have a tapered shaft and in my experience, cause the MDF to basically blow apart. Drywall screws have a straight shaft.

Step 4


Now attach the box to the ends as shown above through the pocket holes in the bottom. Use glue. You can also attach with 2″ screws and glue, remember about the drywall screws and countersinking.

Step 5

Step 6


Our vintage crate carts were handy, so we just traced the holes in the ends, drilled holes and cut out the handles with a jig saw. You can see exactly how that is done in this post.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
I used 2×2 pine furring strips for the legs and MDF for the box and bottom. I used all pocket hole screws. To finish, I filled all holes with wood filler, let dry, filled again. I let the wood filler dry overnight. Then I sanded with 120 grit sandpaper, sanding the top edges of the MDF smooth as well. I removed all sanding residue with a vacuum and then wiped the toybox down with a damp cloth. I also vacuumed my work surface and laid a paint drop cloth down. Primer then two coats of High Gloss Red by Valspar (available off the shelf premixed). I let the paint dry completely, then lightly sanded the edges for a distressed look. The storage ottomans were also found at Lowes, on clearance for $4 each. Check in the closet section.


Colleen Lalonde (not verified)

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 19:59

This would be perfect for my daughters room! There's a heat vent right in the perfect spot for a toy box and this would solve that perfectly!

Michelle (not verified)

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 20:07

This is the perfect idea! I have 2 boys: 5 and 3 and their closet is ALWAYS a distaster, no matter what I do. This may be it! Thanks!

Holly (not verified)

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 21:00

Here's what I love, I just saw one of these at pbkids.com for the first time and came to your site to beg for a plan...and here it is...didn't even have to ask! :)

Cari (not verified)

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 04:41

This is just great! I, too, was thinking what a great planter it would be! I think if we modified the plans a little, this will work great this year - and keep my Min Pins out of the produce! The hubs and I are currently working on the Parsons Chair (slightly modified to be pub height, no cushion, but with a decorative backing by using an old overhead projector) and the Rustic Farm Table (also slightly modified to be square and pub height of 4' and to seat 8). I can't wait for them to be done to upload pics! I LOVE the smell of fresh cut wood! hehe (I know, not your typical female) I just love your plans! Thank you so much for sharing them!

Kasey (not verified)

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 05:25

This is so cute. I like the simplicity of it and that I could probably get my child to put her toys away because all she has to do is launch them in there.

Melissa Jones (not verified)

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 06:04

Thanks for the great toy box plan and all the other toy and kid plans you have. I plan on doing the farmhouse toddler bed for my grandson, and 18" size doll bed for my daughter.
Have you seen the Plan shopping cart? So cool, would love to see plans for one of those.

Robin (not verified)

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 06:54

I love the idea of this as a rice box - my kids love the sandbox but sand it way too messy for me to be in the house - now vacumning up some loose rice kernals I can handle!

Jami (not verified)

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 07:14

Awesome plan! I think we'll do this one for Christmas. But wait. . .pocket hole screws? I don't remember that phrase before. Do we HAVE to have them to use a pocket hole jig? Where's the best place to get them?

Bmom (not verified)

Tue, 11/23/2010 - 15:23

very cute - I love it with the shelf underneath too - but pull out storage / seating options for kids would be wonderful if I could find some little ottomans that I like!
two other quick thoughts:

...I'd add 1x2's to the top edge to make a flat, finished plane, which would conceal the top edge of the plywood and connect the legs (maybe even sand/router a slightly rounded edge on that?)

...could also be a great outdoor planter / porch toybox using decking material leftovers!

HammerTime (not verified)

Wed, 11/24/2010 - 05:49

Wow, Ana, you've done it again! This would be perfect for my little "nephew" (my BFF's little guy). I love the idea of chalkboard paint. And I wonder if it could be put on casters so it can be moved around easily?