DIY: A Storage Unit For The kids

Looking for an easy DIY kids storage solution that wont break the bank? Well you have come to the right place, I have just installed storage to my daughters room and I will show you how to do the same for under $100.

Having clothes and toys at a height where kids can access it easily helps to give them independence. Personally I have seen this first hand, our daughter Alana who at the time of writing this is almost 4, gets up in the morning and chooses here own dress for school before she comes down for breakfast.


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How awesome is that, no more struggles to get her dressed!

What you will see here are the steps to create what I have, and the video below of how I went about the installation.

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STEP 1. What you will need.


You will need to find yourself some second hand kitchen or office cabinets that you can use for the base storage. If you are lucky enough sometimes these can be found on building sites where a renovation is taking place and an old kitchen is being thrown out, or even on the street during council clean up weeks.

Another resource you might want to check out if you are in Australia is a site called Build Bits, there are often free items like this on the site. Outside of Australia you can try sites like Gumtree and Craigslist.

Next you need the hanging rod and fittings for the storage where the clothes will hang, again if you are thrifty enough you could salvage these from an old wardrobe as well, but for this we purchased ours from Bunnings for about $12 for the rod and a few bucks for the end fittings.

Above the cabinets will be 2 floating shelves mounted to the wall, again purchased from Bunnings for about $28 each. You can also pick up similar shelves from IKEA. I also recommend getting your own wall fixings, as the ones they supply in my opinion are not the best. Use green wall plugs for brick masonry walls and Ramset (or equivalent brand) wall anchors for plasterboard.


You will need a battery drill for screwing the cabinets together,  hammer drill if you are fitting the shelves to a masonry wall,  a hacksaw or grinder to cut the hanging rod, level for marking the shelves and a pencil.

STEP 2. Assembly.

Firstly there may be some clean up required of the old cabinets, if there are doors or hinges still attached remove these first.

Next install the hanging rod in one or two of the partitions depending on how much space you require. In this example we were lucky enough to have a long wall were we could join two cabinets together and have one for hanging and one for storage. If you only have room for one cabinet you may want to make one half hanging and the other storage.

Measure the distance between the cabinets and cut the rod with a hacksaw 5mm shorter than the cabinet size to allow for the fittings.

Install the rods with the end brackets ensuring that it is in the centre and you leave enough room from the top to insert a coat hanger. I recommend 50mm down from the top.

Join the two cabinets together (if using two), ensuring that your screws are the correct size so that they don’t pop through the other side.

Next move onto the installation of the floating shelves. In our example the first shelve was approximately 500mm off the base cabinets, and the second one approx 300mm above the first one. I have also staggered ours as a feature, but you can play around with this to see what suits you taste the best.


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