DIY Cabinet Plans


If storage space is at a premium in your house, building a storage cabinet is a good way to solve the problem. You will find that items cluttering your house will take up a fraction of the space when they are not spread out. Building your own storage cabinets is easy and can be done by a handy person in an afternoon.


One of the most important parts of the project is to measure the space where you will be placing a cabinet or cabinets. A good size for a cabinet is 8 feet tall by 2 feet wide, but those dimensions can be adjusted to fit the area you have available.

Construction Material

Construction of the cabinet is actually quite simple as it can be built entirely out of 3/4-inch plywood, which is durable and inexpensive. You can stain or paint the plywood so the cabinet matches other furnishings in the room. If you want to give your cabinet a more finished look, use other wood such as pine or cedar.

Assembling the Cabinet

To build the cabinet, first cut two pieces of plywood 8 feet by 2 feet for the sides. Then cut two pieces 2 feet by 2 feet for the top and bottom. Place the top even with the top edge of the sides, make sure the pieces are square and screw or nail it into place. Put the bottom piece 1 inch up from the bottom edge of the sides, make sure the pieces are square and screw or nail it into place. After you have constructed this frame, you can begin making the shelves. You can determine the number of shelves that you want, but a good guide is to give yourself a foot between each. To do this, measure up 1 foot from the bottom and make a mark. This will be the location for the bottom of the second shelf. Cut a piece of plywood 2 feet by 2 feet and place the shelf so its bottom is on the mark. Make sure it is square and flush with the sides and screw or nail it in place. If you continue in this manner, the last shelf will have either 1 foot, 5 inches or 5 inches of space. To complete the cabinet, cut a piece of plywood for the back that is 8 feet by 2 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Place it on either side of the frame, make sure it is square and screw it into place. Finally cut a piece a plywood that is 7 feet, 11 inches by 2 feet, 1 1/2 inches for the door. Attach it to the front opening of the cabinet with interior hinges. Add a handle to the door on the opposite side of the hinges.

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R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing for Demand Studios in June 2009.

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