How to build a simple DIY storage chest–with printable building plans!
I feel like a broken record lately with all the storage builds I’ve been doing, but truth is, you can just never have enough storage. And some of these storage builds have been so pretty that it doesn’t matter what atrociousness you hide inside of it, it still looks nice 😉 (Remember the toy storage cabinet?? And the Console Cabinet with open shelf? And the Plywood Entryway Storage Bench?)
Is there a stack of VHS tapes behind that door that we should have thrown away years ago?? Maybe.
Is there a bunch of boxes and cables from old cell phones and printers and tvs in that drawer that we don’t even know what all they do or go to? Could be.
Are we hiding a pile of old dirty socks in that cubby because we keep forgetting to wash the whites? Possibly.
But it doesn’t matter, because the storage itself is pretty, right?? 🙂
Well, now here is another pretty storage build to add to your DIY collection and as always, it’s super versatile!
This DIY storage chest is the PERFECT size to use as a small coffee table, entryway bench storage, end of the bed storage, toy box storage, or just for keepsake storage. I love a good pretty AND functional piece of furniture, don’t you?
If you’re ready to get to it, then here we go. You can download the printable PDF plans here. And I’m sharing the tutorial below.
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- 1 sheet ¾” plywood (you only will use a little over half, so you could get a half sheet plus a 2×2 piece if you wanted to save on scraps)
- (3) 2x2x8s
- Edge banding
- 2 ½” pocket hole screws
- 1 ¼” pocket hole screws
- 2 ½” wood screws
- Stain or finish of your choice
Step 1: Build the frame of the storage chest
First, cut your frame pieces. The entire frame is made from 2x2s. Cut four legs, and four front and back pieces.
Drill 1 ½” pocket holes into the ends of the front and back pieces.
Then, using 2 ½” pocket hole screws, attach two frames together like the picture below. Attach the bottom 2×2 so that the top of it is 3” from the bottom of the leg.
Cut four pieces of 2×2 for the sides and drill 1 ½” pocket holes into the ends of each of them. Using 2 ½” pocket hole screws, attach these two frame pieces together like the picture shows. Make sure the bottom 2x2s on the sides are lined up with the bottom 2x2s on the front and back.
Step 2: Add middle divider pieces to the storage chest frame
This step is optional, but it added a little more visual interest to the piece. I cut 2 pieces of 2×2 and centered them on the front and back between the top and bottom pieces.
Use 2 ½” wood screws to attach the piece between the top and bottom supports.
Step 3: Add the side panels to the chest frame
Cut plywood pieces to fit in all the holes around the sides of the trunk frame.
Once you’ve got them cut to fit, drill ¾” pocket holes around the edges of each piece. Using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws, attach these panels in place making sure the inside of the trunk sides are flush.
Step 4: Attach the bottom of the chest
Cut a piece of plywood for the bottom. Drill ¾” pocket holes around the edges. Using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws, attach the bottom like the picture shows below.
Now you’re ALMOST done!
Step 5: Add the Chest Top
For the top, cut a piece of plywood and apply edge banding to the piece for a cleaner look and finish.
Once the finish is dry, attach the top using some small butt hinges or a piano hinge on the back.
And there you have a simple, stylish, and functional storage trunk 🙂
I love the clean lines on this piece. Nothing fancy, just simple and clean.
If you wanted to get fancier, you could add some cove molding around the edges of the panels for a more traditional look.
This is the perfect little piece for an entryway bench, toy box, or end of the bed trunk.
What would you use it for? Build your own with these printable PDF plans!
As always, I’d love if you’d pin this for later 🙂
Until next time, happy building!