Toy or TV Armoire

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Hey DIY Friends!

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! We sure did!

It wasn't moving day as we'd hoped :( but we did take Mom out to dinner to soothe things over. I think she still loves us.

Speaking of amazing Mom's - my friend Whitney from Shanty2Chic wanted to add storage to her daughter's room, so she built her daughter a toy armoire!

I was so honored that Whitney asked me to work with her on these plans, and we both love how this piece turned out!

Here's from Whitney:

Although the size is a bit intimidating, this build is very basic!  I had the armoire built for around $200 which is amazing compared to the original $1300 price tag!  My little girl loves it, and I love the added storage!

Thanks Whitney!  Of course, you have to go visit Whitney at Shanty2Chic to see her step by step building process and get all the details on the supplies and tools she used, and how she finished this toy armoire!

We'll also be adding a drawer insert for even more storage and organization inside - so stay tuned for those plans!  Enjoy the plans following! 

Dimensions are shown above Note in cut list, I shortened the entire project by 1" to allow for more efficient plywood cuts.


Shopping List

2 - sheets 3/4" plywood ripped into 21 3/4" wide strips
2 - sheets 1/4" plywood (for back and doors)
8 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 1/4" pocket hole screws, 1 1/4" and 2" finish nails
6 hinges
2 magnetic clasps
2 knobs

Cut List

2 - 3/4" plywood @ 21 3/4" x 59" (sides)*
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 21 3/4" x 42" (top)
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 21 3/4" x 36 1/2" (shelves)
4 - 1x3 @ 59" (side frame)*
4 - 1x4 @ 18 1/4" (side frame)
2 - 1x3 @ 18 1/4" (side frame)
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 59 3/4" x 38 1/2" (back)*
2 - 2x2 @ 38" (top/bottom supports)
1 - 1x3 @ 42" (top front)
1 - 1x4 @ 41" (long point to long point, both ends cut NOT parallel at 45 degree BEVEL)
2 - 1x4 @ 24" (long point, one end cut at 45 degree BEVEL)
1 - 1x2 @ 42 1/2" (long point to long point, both ends cut NOT parallel at 45 degree ANGLE)
2 - 1x2 @ 24 3/4" (long point, one end cut at 45 degree ANGLE)
Additional shelves are 3/4" plywood @ 21 3/4" x 36 1/2"

4 - 1x3 @ 52 1/4"*
6 - 1x3 @ 13 3/4" (cut these to fit as 1x3 widths may vary in size - overall door width should be 18 3/4" or half the overall opening minus 1/4")
1/4" back plywood is 18 3/4" x 52 1/4"*

*Starred cut list items have been shortened by 1" and will not match diagrams. This is because I opted to shorten to make the pieces fit on a single sheet of plywood.

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Attach sides to the top and ad bottom shelf. Note all overhangs and mark before attaching. Recommended joinery is 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

NOTE: I shortened the side length by 1" to allow for plywood cutting efficiency. This does not change placement of bottom shelf.

Step 2

Build the side frames separately, and then attach to sides of the toy armoire, with the back flush to the back of the plywood. Front will overhang 1 1/2".

Step 3

Attach back to back with glue and finish nails.

Step 4

Attach top and bottom with 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/2" pocket hole screws. Hide pocket holes on underside of bottom, top side of top.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach base to the bottom.

Step 7

Cut out with a jigsaw as shown above in diagram.

Step 8

Cut top of footer and nail and glue in place.

Step 9

Add shelves to the armoire if desired. We will be adding a drawer insert plan soon too!

Step 10

Measure and build your doors to fit, leaving about 1/8" gap around all sides.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Fri, 05/17/2013 - 04:06

Wow, love it. Going to make it into a wardrobe for hanging clothes. We live in an old house that doesn't have closets.


Thu, 06/19/2014 - 05:39

I really like the plans for this armoir. Step 10 says to build the doors, but it does not go into detail about how to attach the trim to the 1/4" door panels. Can you provide some detail on how to build the doors?