General Store Cubbies

Difficulty
Beginner
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About Project

These simple General Store Cubbies are easy to build and feature six cubbies, each with front lips to keep contents in place. Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos.

I'm using our new easy plan submission for to submit this plan that I designed and showed you how to design here. . This plan is inspired by Pottery Barn's Mitchell wall system, and looks so simple in the plan, but there's so much pottential. Think stacking like they did in General Stores. I'm suddenly wanting a wall full in distressed washed blue . . . You can see what Pottery Barn's does with their Mitchell storage cubbies here.

general store pottery barn mitchell cubby shelf 1
I'm using our new easy plan submission form to submit this plan that I designed and showed you how to design here. . This plan is inspired by Pottery Barn's Mitchell wall system, and looks so simple in the plan, but there's so much pottential. Think stacking like they did in General Stores. I'm suddenly wanting a wall full in distressed washed blue . . . You can see what Pottery Barn's does with their Mitchell storage cubbies here.

You can submit plans too!  Just go here and follow the instructions.

Another thought . . . if you were to make the trim on the shelves wider, than you could use it as cubbies in a kids room.  You know the kind . . . the kind that holds balls and kids can clean their own rooms with?  The ledge would keep everything from spilling out!

Dimensions
Dimensions are shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

5 – 1×3 Pine Boards, 8 foot length
3 – 1×12 Pine Boards, 8 foot length
2″ Screws
2″ Finish Nails
Wood Glue and Finishing Supplies

Cut List

5 – 1×3 @ 42″ (Shelf Trim)
4 – 1×12 @ 16 7/8″(Cubby Dividers)
3 – 1×12 @ 40 1/2″ (Shelves)
2 – 1×12 @ 36″ (Sides)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Start by building the box as shown in the diagram above. Use 2″ screws and glue or pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Add the cubby dividers. How I would do this is put the bottom dividers in fixed first. Then put the top dividers in, but you wont’ be able to fasten the bottom of the top dividers to the middle shelf. Don’t despair. Glue and let dry in place. I’ve got you covered

Step 3

Use the trim boards to nail the bottom boards in place. Make sure you also nail the trim boards to the shelf and the sides. Add trim boards to the back. IMPORTANT: Adjust for square before attaching these boards, especially if you are stacking multiple cubbies.

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