Everyday someone is looking for a storage unit to keep their items neat and organized. There are many different types of storage units out there; one of the most popular ways of storing everyday material things is a storage cubbies. It is a simple storage solution that can be very versatile according to your need for it. Looking for it can be very easy, you can go into most home furnishing stores to find them or can you find them online from a wide selection.
An idea for a fun family project can be to build your own storage cubby; this is a great way to spend time together with your kids, because it is productive, fun and you ending results to having something that you will actually use. Building a storage cubby is a very simple task, but it is also complex, you will need to have certain supplies in order to be able to build it. Building your own storage cubby can be very good idea, since you are building it exactly to match your needs in size, material, color, and so on.
One of the most popular woods to use for storage cubbies is plywood; it is inexpensive and fairly light while still being sturdy. Some other material you will need to build a storage cubby will include; tape measure, saw, sandpaper, paint, paint brush, hammer, nails, clothing that you can get dirty in, and goggles and gloves for protection. This is a project that you would probably want to do outside, in the garage or basement, somewhere you can get dirty. From the sawing and sanding you will get dust everywhere and the paint odor can be hazardous.
The first thing you will have to do before purchasing your plywood is to calculate how much wood you will actually need for you storage cubby. An option is to use a large board for the backing of the storage cubby but again this is optional storage cubbies doesn’t always have a backing to it, and remember each storage cubby hole has four sides, but most of them will be conjoined with other cubby holes. There are many sites online that can give you a diagram with dimensions that you can also adjust yourself. Now that you have that calculated out and you have purchased your plywood, you will set up your work station so that everything is in order and there are no hazards, especially if you will be working with younger children.
After everything is set up, you will have to mark and draw out on your plywood how you will be cutting the plywood to the maximum usage of the wood so less is wasted and it can also be easily cut out. Now that everything is drawn out, cut out each piece of plywood for the storage cubby using a saw, a suggestion is using a circular saw will be easier. Please remember to use goggles and watch your hands, and be extra careful with children around; it wouldn’t be safe to let the children help you cut out the wood. Sanding the edges is going to be the next step, this is a step that everyone can do, just be careful of splinters!
The next step after everything has been sanded down is to paint, if this storage cubby is for a child a suggestion that I would make is to pick out a base color that can be used as a background color so that it can be easily painted over. This way after the storage cubby has been assembled it can be another fun thing to do is painting designs and such onto the outside of the storage cubby. One coat of paint is usually okay for this, but you can do more than one coat, but remember each coat of paint will need to dry before the next coat can be put on; it usually takes about 24 hours to dry.
After the storage cubby plywood pieces are painted you can now assembly the storage cubby! When assembly the storage cubby according to the design that you have chosen and/or created an important note to building a storage cubby that is stable and straight is making sure the first two pieces are lines up and nailed together correctly and straight. The easiest way of putting the first two pieces together is nailing them together in a “L” shape. Now you just have to join the rest of the pieces together, and you will have constructed a storage cubby! Because this part of the building does require using a hammer and nails, please be cautious!
Now that you have a storage cubby that is built to your liking! A suggestion before was you can paint designs on the outside if it is for a child, and have your child paint it with you so that it can be a fun thing to do and of course even if it isn’t for a child you can still paint it to make it extra special! Even though this is a beginner’s carpentry project and it is very easy, not everyone would want to be out there cutting and sanding wood. If you search online there are sites that you can actually buy a self-assembling storage cubby that has everything cut out and everything sanded with nails included, all you have to do is pain and nail everything together! This can be a option so that you are still in a way building your own storage cubby without most of the hard work, the only downside to this would be that because it is pre-ordered, you will be very limited to the size option.