Stacking Toy Boxes

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 21:19
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Toy boxes that stack and store, and can be turned over to be used as a play table.  Free woodworking plans from

stacking toy boxes

stacking toy box dimensions
Base is 17 1/2" x 26" approximate, Height is 14"


Shopping List
  • 1 - 1×12, 8 feet long
  • 1 – 1×3, 8 feet long
  • 1 – 1×2, 8 feet long or scraps 16″ long
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood 16″ x 24″
  • 2″ screws
  • 1 1 /4″ screws
  • wood glue, filler, and finishing supplies
Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×12 @ 16″

2 – 1×12 @ 24″

2 – 1×3 @ 17 1/2″

2 – 1×3 @ 25 1/2″

2 – 1×2 @ 16″

1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 24″ x 17 1/2″

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Build the Box

As with most storage that we do, start by build a simple box out of 1x12s. Predrill your holes and use glue. Adjust for square – especially if you are stacking. Off square boxes won’t stack right.

Step 2


Use 1/4″ plywood screwed and glued to the bottom as shown above.

Step 3

Footer Ends

Now screw the 1×3 end footers on. I overlapped the footer and the box by 1″.

Step 4

Side Footer

Glue and screw and the footer is done

Step 5

Step 6


Handles are real simple, just find the centers of your holes, drill holes, and connect the dots – literally

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
I used wood filler to fill any exposed holes. Sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. Then primed and painted everything. And it’s not quite dry yet. You could easily add 1 1/2″ diamter caster wheels under there too, and no one (besides your kids and your walls and doorways) would ever know they roll.


Rachelle (not verified)

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 02:42

Thank you. Friends are definitely the silver lining. Thanks for dedicating so much time to us.

Carolyn (not verified)

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 03:28

Hi - I have subscribed to your feed for some time now and wanted to write and thank you for providing such great plans and providing us with a great sense of empowerment - that we can do this. I will be sure to send pictures of what I make. Thanks, again.

kerry davis (not verified)

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 05:50

Ana - Thanks for not only sharing these plans, but the story of your friend, Jen. It's easy to let your friends become the ones that always do the calling, and keeping up the friendship... I will certainly be reaching out to my friends this season...

Kelli (not verified)

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 06:25

I was just going to go buy plastic totes to organize the toys. Not anymore! These are so cute AND functional. The perfect thing for our toy room! Thanks Ana for another wonderful plan. You really are the best.

Leslie R. (not verified)

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 08:09

I really love this post- not just because of the sweet toyboxes, but because of the point of what you wrote!
I too have had wonderful friends who have walked with me and stood by me when I was not able to be the best friend back to them. It is absolutely wonderful to be able to give something back and to reflect on what great friends they are!
Thanks Ana- you are not only a wonderful craftswoman you are a great encourager!

salsamama68 (not verified)

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 14:54

Ana, I loved the story about your friend as much as I love the plan for these toy boxes.

I'm a transplant -- I live in Burbank, CA, but I grew up in Seattle, WA. If not for the friends I've made here in Burbank (all of them also transplants), I would not survive being a mother of three with a husband who travels extensively for work. If you're lucky, you find friends who get you through all the times you're feeling lonely, tired, frustrated, sad, dejected, incompetent, unattractive, and hormonal. Thank God for the "Jens" of the world. What would we do without them. :-)