How to Build a Cubby Storage Toy Organizer


Build a cubby storage toy organizer from just one sheet of plywood! This DIY stacked toy cubby with dividers is perfect storage for toys, craft supplies, or whatever you need to organize in a child’s room, play room, or nursery. 

Our entry table with cubby storage is another great kid-friendly cubby storage idea. See more DIY toy storage ideas in 50 Smart Toy Storage Solutions and 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas

Organize your kids toys with one sheet of plywood! Tutorial for toy cubby by Tale of an Ugly House featured on @Remodelaholic

DIY Cubby Storage Toy Organizer

Get the printable storage cubby plans HERE

Designed by Amanda from Sincerely Marie Designs; Plans by Remodelaholic
First featured in Amanda’s boy’s room makeover here

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We purchased a toy box over a year ago but I quickly found that it was more of a black hole than anything else. Besides being big and dark, my son would throw half of the toys out before he found what he was looking for. After I had finally had enough, I started searching for toy organizers online.

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I found one from Land of Nod and loved it! One thing I did not love was the price. $199 for one bin . . . ouch! J and I knew we could make it on our own for way less and we did. We were unable to find plans for exactly what we wanted.  It took us a week or two to hammer out the plans. Here they are!

We made the toy bins from one 4×8 – 3/4″ sheet of plywood. We used a separate 1/4″ sheet that we already had for the backing. Once put together, the toy cubby measures 36″ x 14 3/4″ x 32″.

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How to Build a DIY Cubby Storage Toy Organizer

Get the printable PDF toy cubby storage plans here. The plans include a full cut list with dimensions, detailed cut diagram, and assembly instructions.

Tools Needed:

Materials Needed:

  • 3/4″ Sheet of plywood
  • 1/4″ Sheet of plywood*
  • 2 – 1½″ Pocket hole screws
  •  1¼″ Pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sand paper
  • 1¼“Brad nails
  • Paint/Primer or Stain of choice

Full material shopping list and cut diagrams are included in the PDF toy cubby storage plans here.

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Step 1: Cut Pieces & Drill Pocket Holes

Cut out the cubby pieces as indicated in in the toy organizer woodworking plan, including the mitered edges. Drill pocket holes as indicated in the plans.

Step by step Tutorial for kids toy cubby by Tale of an Ugly House featured on @Remodelaholic

Step 2: Assemble Individual Cubbies

Using pocket holes and wood glue, assemble 3 cubby sections.

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Step 3: Install Dividers

Measure and mark the divider locations, then nail in place.

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Step 4: Stack and Add Backing

Stack the 3 cubby sections. Cut a sheet of plywood to the correct size and screwed it onto the back. This will hold each shelf in place. To be able to stack and unstack the cubbies, cut individual backing pieces for each cubby section.

Step 5: Finishing the Cubby Storage Shelves

I chose a paint color called Serious Gray by Sherwin Williams. We let it dry overnight and moved it into place the following day.

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