DIY Storage Bins
Shelves and cabinets are handy places for storing sports stuff, but when you’re in a hurry and, let’s face it, kids always are, it’s much easier to just throw and go.
These roomy bins have no doors and they’re not too high for little people to reach, so it’s never been easier to keep your laundry and hallways clear of sports equipment, schoolbags and other clutter.
They’re also handy to have in the garage where they can be lined up along the wall to hold anything from golf clubs to power tools.
They could even be used in the backyard to store gardening tools, clothes pegs and pet supplies.
Their practical design offers a decent amount of capacity but they also look good, with an eye-catching shape that can be painted to match your colour scheme or as a feature unit.
Preparing the project
This project requires one full sheet and one quarter sheet of 17mm plywood for the sides, shelves, base and top, plus a half sheet of 7mm for the backing.
The front sections of the bins are made from 135 x 19mm pine, secured with 50mm x 8g screws.
We used a brad nailer with 40mm brads to save time, but if you don’t have one, just hammer in 40 x 2mm bullethead nails by hand instead.
If your bins are going to be sitting on a concrete floor in the garage or on a verandah, attach treated timber bearers to the underside to protect the plywood from rising moisture.
Fill over the fasteners and give all surfaces a light sand before applying two coats of bright semi gloss enamel.
TIP You can also use acrylic paint, but apply a primer first.