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.


Isabel (not verified)

Sat, 10/02/2010 - 07:46

Ana, I was one of your first 500 fans and I remember watching how you went from hundreds of fans to thousands in very few weeks! You are a great person for sharing your talents with other! We, your followers and friends are proud to see that this magazine recognizes how special you are!

Deux Maison (not verified)

Tue, 10/05/2010 - 07:19

As soon as I read this, I had to run out and buy the mag! Fantastic! BTW - How adorable are you?! I was sad when the article ended, I had to pop over here to share! I am so inspired by you & what you do. You deserve this and more! We want a book and a TV show!

Tim Daniels (not verified)

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 11:11

Anna I was wondering if in this model you had used the sketchup models for the Kreg pocket holes from the Google 3Dwarehouse? If so, these were created by me and I'm glad you are using them! If not, take a look at my collection of holes, screws, and even videos. If there is something I can do to lend a hand, I will when time permits.

Tim Daniels

Wendy (not verified)

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 11:19

Ana, I love your website and just finished my first project. (pictures to come!) I wanted to say, Congrats on the magazine!!
...and by the shoes!

Elisa (not verified)

Sun, 10/10/2010 - 11:31

Read your article while browsing Lowe's. YAY! So exciting. I still haven't built my first project, but I have been reading and doing my research and thinking about which project would be best. I'm going to start w/ one of the "starter" projects. We are military, so we move a lot, so I am putting a lot of these on my "wish list" to build in a couple of years when we are more permanently settled.

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