Pretend Play Market with Roll-Out Check Stand

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 11/21/2019 - 16:32
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Wheel out the check stand and open for business!  This pretend play set is perfect for imaginative play - play market, store, post office, bakery - anything they can dream up! 

Build it exactly how you want with our free plans - including step by step diagrams, shopping and cut list.

Built by Jaime Costiglio for Handbuilt Holiday 2016 

pretend play store market post office toy
pretend play store market post office toy
pretend play store market post office toy
pretend play store market post office toy
pretend play store market post office toy

Do your kids LOVE to pretend play?

Here's a project that looks beautiful, takes up little space, and converts to whatever your child can dream up.

We love it as a pretend play market - with a roll-out checkstand!

Because every market needs a check stand!

The checkstand also flips for storage, you can use it either way.

This pretend play market is suitable for smaller children, with the height of the checkstand at 21" - but you could easily modify the plans for a taller checkstand for older children.  I know my 9-year-old would love this pretend play market!

I'm sharing the free plans below, be sure to check them out (if this is the homepage, you'll have to click READ MORE below).

For lots more photos and build details, visit That's My Letter.


pretend play market storage
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List
  • 4 – 1x12 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 sheet of ¼” plywood or beadboard
  • 4 – 2” caster and screws for attaching ¾” long
  • 3/4" and 1-1/4” brad nails
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x12 @ 50-3/4” – sides
  • 1 – 1x3 @ 30” – top trim
  • 3 – 1x12 @ 30” – shelves
  • 4 – 1x12 @ 12” – dividers
  • 1 – ¼” plywood @ 50-3/4” x 31-1/2”
  • 2 – 1x3 @ 31-1/2” – front trim
  • 2 – 1x12 @ 17” – cart sides
  • 1 – 1x12 @ 27-1/2” – cart shelf
  • 2 – 1x12 @ 29” – cart top and bottom
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

NOTE: Secure completed hutch to studs in wall to prevent forward tipping.


Step 1

Use the Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes on back side of the top support and attach to the sides with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Attach shelves to sides.  Also attach top shelf to underside of top trim - you can use screws or nails 1-1/4" and glue.

Step 3

Build the center cubby section first with the Kreg Jig.  Then slide in place and attach from outsides with 1-1/4" nails and glue.

Step 4

Attach back with 3/4" nails and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Build the cart with pocket holes, attach plywood with nails and glue and attach casters to bottom.



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