Locker Bookshelf - Full Size

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 09/28/2010 - 17:00
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Freestanding locker/shelf plans from

Hi everyone and welcome!

If you are stopping by from Country Woman - thank you so much for reading my interview and visiting - and most importantly, welcome!!!

I am so glad you are here!

Building my own furniture has not just helped me make my home nicer and more organized and functional, but it has also brought me much joy and nurtured my creative spirit.  

More than anything, I hope you are here to find some plans and building inspiration!  If I can do this, anyone can!

I am so delighted to be able to share plans for this storage locker - check out the full plans following!

And check out a few real builds of this very locker cabinet:


Thank you so much, Ana, for posting these plans. My husband built the storage locker in a few hours last Saturday. Our only modification was to use beadboard for the backing instead of plywood, and to switch out the 1x12's for 1x16 project panels to add depth so the backpacks will fit. I love how it turned out and now there is no more tripping over backpacks! I can't wait for our next project.


I love my new lockers, and I am in love with building! I think the Kreg Pocket Jig is my new best friend!

This is my first project, and I made a couple of changes to Ana's awesome plans. I used bead board for the backing instead of ply wood, and I added divider shelves on the bottom shelf. I also added hooks on both sides of each locker so that my kids can hang lots of stuff.

Since I am a total beginner builder, I made a few mistakes as I built these lockers. If you are a beginner, too, please check out my post on so that you don't have to make the same mistakes! I included a chart that shows the order I used to put everything together and added instructions for the extra dividers.

I am loving my organized space (and so are my kids)!

And special thanks to our amazing photographer, Cassy Bartch, for taking such beautiful photos.  Here are a few outtakes that we loved but didn't make it into the magazine:



Yep, that our Adirondack Chair!  You can build your own with these plans.


And here's the bonus!  I originally built this locker cabinet, loved it, but decided it was not the right size for adults.



But you can build this one too!  Plans are here

Grace's play kitchen plans are here.


And of course, here are the plans for THIS locker cabinet!  Enjoy!

Happy Building!

XO Ana

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

44 – 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
2″ Finish Nails
1″ Finish 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
Sanding Block and 12o Grit Sandpaper
3 or 6 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


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! :)