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I am in the process of giving my littlest one his new ‘big boy room’. I have had so much fun with this room, and he loves it. I won’t lie… Dragging him back to his bed 27 times in the evening isn’t the most fun, but it was time. (I do miss the crib. Lots )
One thing this boy has is toys. Little toys. Lots of them. I was going crazy trying to find a way to organize them and keep them separated so he could play with them more. I did a lot of searching and shopping for ideas and fell in LOVE with Ikea’s Trofast baskets. You can buy these online as well. They were the perfect combination for me. They are a great size, no small holes for things to fall through, and they are cheap! That’s my favorite thing about them… Just can’t beat that $4 price tag. I decided to build my own frame for these! I prefer real wood at half the cost! Plus, I could coordinate it to his room. Here is how it turned out!
I say organization can be functional and pretty darn cute at the same time… Agreed??
This is a really simple build! I broke it all down for you. Here we go!
2 – 1 x 12 x 8′ pine or whitewood boards
2 – 1 x 12 x 4′ pine or whitewood boards
3 – 1 x 2 x 8′ pine or whitewood boards
2 – 1 x 3 x 8′ pine or whitewood boards
9 Ikea Trofast bins
Kreg Jig (optional and totally recommended)
Gorilla Wood Glue
I started by making all of my cuts to my big boards. This is 1 x 12″ board, and you can buy it in different lengths. An 8ft boards is about $16 and a 4ft board is about $7. I went with 2 of the 4ft boards rather than another 8 footer because it saved me a couple dollars. Every dollar counts, right?
Here is my cut list for the 1×12 board…
1 @ 53.25″
1 @ 51.75″
2 @ 35.75″
2 @ 33.25″
Now for the pocket holes! I used my ever so handy Kreg Jig for this part! Who doesn’t own one yet? It’s time! You can see the model that Ashley and I use HERE !
For those of you wondering what the heck a Kreg Jig is… You can check out our video HERE. We really try to break it down and give you a very basic understanding of what it does and how easy it is to use.
I started by making my pocket holes. I made 3/4″ pocket holes since that is the thickness of the wood I am working with. I put my boards into my Kreg Jig like this…
You can see below where I put all of my pocket holes. Before attaching them, I also added my 1×2 rails that will hold the baskets. I cut 18 of these at 11.25″ a piece. To attach them, I ran a line of wood glue on the 1×12…
Next, I used my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer with 1 1/4″ brads to attach each rail. I used 3-4 for every rail. This tool is by far one of my favorites! It has all of the greatness of a pneumatic nailer (those are nail guns that hook up to an air compressor), but it uses the 18V battery… Too legit! I use mine on nearly every project I create. You can get these at Home Depot!
You can see here where I lined up all of these rails. You can also see the pocket holes.
These are the longer side boards. I only put pocket holes on one end of each of these.
These are the shorter boards in the middle. I put pocket holes on both ends of each of these boards.
The middle boards will have rails on both sides. Once I had the first sides attached, I flipped it over and repeated this on the other side. Here is a profile shot of what they looked like finished.
Now to attach them! I used 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws for this part.
I started by attaching my longer side pieces to my top piece like this.
Next, I cut my other long board that is my bottom 1×12 piece. This board is slightly shorter than the top board. I added 3/4″ pocket hole screws to the bottom side of each ends. Then, I attached them to the long side pieces using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. You can see that I set this board where the top is 2.5″ from the base of my side boards.
Now to attach the middle boards! I placed these each 16.75″ apart and also attached them using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Now to trim it out! I used my 1×3 boards for trim. I started by adding my side pieces to both the top and bottom of the piece.
To attach these pieces, I used Gorilla Wood glue and my cordless nail gun again… Easy peasy!
My final step was adding the long front trim pieces. Measure this before cutting. Mine was about 54.75″, but it’s best to measure here to make it perfect!
The sides will look like this…
That’s it! DONE!
After building it, I stained the whole piece to match his bed and nightstands I made him. It’s Varathane Stain from Home Depot and I used the color Kona.
To stain, I work in small sections and brush it on. After a couple minutes, use a wiping cloth or old t-shirt to wipe off any excess stain. It’s easier than painting I promise! And, this stuff dries in under an hour!
Here it is all finished up!
To create the chalkboard labels on the front of these, I used Chalkboard Contact Paper !
I buy mine on Amazon HERE
! I also use a white wet-erase chalk pen
for neat lines and it keeps the kids from smudging it all up. I LOVE these pens! Just cut the contact paper and stick it on there!
I hope you love this as much as I do! I love functional furniture pieces, especially in my kiddos’ rooms. Now to make sure he puts the toys into the baskets….
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And for those of you that may ask…
You can check out the paint color HERE!
You can check out the DIY bed HERE!
You can check out the DIY nightstands HERE!
The quilt is from PBTeen!