Introduction

building wall cubbies
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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It’s a sure sign of independence when older kids want to have a say in how their bedroom is decorated. An easy way to satisfy that need is by making these modular wall cubbies, which can be customized to suit children’s changing tastes as they grow. You can make just one cubby or stack several to create more space for a kid’s imagination and creativity.

The cubbies shown here are 12-inch cubes, but you can make them any size you like. Even if you make them wider or taller, the construction is the same. For extra fun, the fabric-covered panels inside are removable, so you can change a cubby’s look as often as kids change their mind.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • straight edge
      Straightedge ruler
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw, circular saw, or handsaw
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander or sanding block
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • hammer with nailset
      Hammer and nailset
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrush
      2-inch paintbrush
    • Artist's Brush
      Artist's brush
    • staple gun
      Staple gun
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 1/16-inch drill bits
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. One quarter-sheet of ½-inch birch-veneer plywood

    2. One quarter-sheet of luaun or ¼-inch plywood

    3. 4d finish nails

    4. 1-inch box nails

    5. 120-grit sandpaper

    6. Stainable wood glue

    7. Stainable wood putty
    8. Clear acrylic finish or latex paint

    9. Acrylic artist’s paint

    10. ½ yard of fabric

    11. ¼-inch staples

    12. ¼-inch staples

    13. 2-inch screws with corresponding washers and wall anchors

    14. Velcro tape