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.


Lynn (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 04:42

Okay, it's kind of pathetic, but I'm tearing up because we desperately need lockers at our house and I really like this simple design and have been thinking about modifying the single locker to be a bank like this, but I was not confident in my ability to do that. Have you been reading my mind, Ana?:)

I would like to do banks of 4 (We have 8 people in our family). Anything special I would have to change to add another locker in? Does it need more support in any way?

I had to laugh because I just got my first issue of Fresh Home yesterday and was trying to decide if I would keep the subscription, but now I definitely will. Congratulations on being featured. You do an amazing job of encouraging us!

Crystal (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 06:29

Hi Ana,
Congrats! That is so exciting to be featured.
I wanted to thank you so much for putting up your plans for the lockers. My Dad is using your plans and has altered them a bit to make us 4 lockers using your plans to accommodate our growing family's storage needs for our front entry. (Baby #4 is due to arrive this December!)
We LOVE your site and truly appreciate your talent and generosity!


melissa2 (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 06:37

Ana, congratulations! It has been so exciting to see you be "discovered" again and again! You deserve all the attention! :)

Ana White (not verified)

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 06:50

Thanks Crystal! The Braden system has a bench included - so I would go that route for more storage. This one is sort of a free standing closet :) Perfect for adding color to an apartment or even creating a mudroom where there is none. Good luck!

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