Free Woodworking Plans – DIY Dress Up Cart

Hey guys!!!  I took a break from furniture building this week and built our little miss something pretty cool! If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen a sneak peek of this! I have been wanting to build her a dress up storage cart for a LONG time now but I made myself wait until every member of our house had a bed!

dress-up-storage-cartThere were times that I thought…eh, I have so much furniture to build right now, maybe I should just buy her one but, I’ve bought her a play kitchen and a bassinet and sadly, they haven’t held up well.  The cart I debated on purchasing was $150 plus shipping and tax and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it again!


Not only was I able to customize this to match her room, I was able to build it for $70 and that was with a 1/2 sheet of plywood left over so really I consider it a $50 investment 😉

Of course, we have the FREE Printable Plans for you guys! You can click HERE or the image below to print yours!



And as always, I’ve got the step-by-step pictures to help you along the way!

getting-suppliesWe got all of our supplies at Home Depot and had the nice man rip our 3/4″ Purebond Plywood down into 4 – 11 1/4″ boards. You can substitute 1×12 boards for this but, the cheapest boards were $20 each and there were not two the same width and the select pine boards were a whopping $30 each.  I opted for ripping Purebond because I was able to get 4 – 1×12 boards for $49!

plywood-measurements-for-cartWe brought our lumber home and got to work!  I cut the four boards that will construct the frame of the cart, first.

drill-pocket-holesThen, I used my K5 to drill pocket holes in the bottom board.

pocket-holes-in-bottom-boardI drilled 3 – 3/4″ pocket holes on each end.

attach-sides-to-bottomNext, I attached the side pieces to the bottom piece with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and Gorilla Glue Wood Glue.

pocket-holes-in-shelvesI cut my shelf pieces and drilled 2 pocket holes in each side

attaching-shelvesand attached them with pocket hole screws and wood glue. This is a very customizable part.  You can refer to the plans to see where I set my shelves.  If you have bins that you want to put on the shelves, you can set the shelves accordingly.

shelves-attachedThen, I added the center board.  I attached the shelves to board and the bottom of the board to the base of the cart.

attaching-side-of-shelvesThis was a snug fit for my drill so, I used my Ryobi Right Angle Drill to attach the shelves to the center board.  If you don’t have a right angle drill, you could use a short Kreg bit too!

nail-trim-to-shelvesI attached the 1×2 trim, to the shelves with my 18 ga. Airstrike nailer, 1 1/4″ nails and wood glue.  Measure as you cut for a perfect fit with these pieces.

nail-bottom-trimAttaching the trim to the bottom of the cart.

predrill-to-attach-dowelTo attach the dowel, I predrilled into the outside board, the center board and the center of both ends of the dowel and attached the dowel with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue.

Cart-CompleteThat’s it!  For the construction part – now for the fun 🙂 I painted this to match the trim and her bed in her room.  It’s Ivory Lace by Valspar.

predrill-for-knobsI wanted to add pretty knobs for her to hang her necklaces, wings, wigs…. you know the necessities so, I predrilled from one end into the shelves.  This way, you won’t have a screw sticking out in each cubby.

super-glue-knobI used Gorilla Glue Super Glue Gel (this stuff is the BOMB) and applied a generous amount to each knob

knobsand pushed them through the holes.  These babies aren’t going anywhere 😉  I added 2 rows of 6 to our cart. Bought the knobs at Hobby Lobby when they were on sale!

mirrorI also found this mirror at Hobby Lobby – and purchased when it was on sale.

add-mirror-and-letter I removed the foam pads from the back of the mirror and glued it to the top of the other side of the cart, along with a “T” for her name 🙂


add-pullI added 4 small casters and a cute pull so that her dress up wardrobe can follow her wherever she goes! (and yes, I may regret that when I have dress up stuff all over my house)!

DIY-Dress-Up-CartI built some cute crates with some scrap lumber 🙂

How-to-Build-A-Dress-Up-CartAnd the green cube is from Target 🙂 It matches her bedding perfectly!



This was so much fun to build, I saved a TON of money and it’s built to last! This could be easily modified for an adult if you need more storage in your closet too 🙂

Well, it’s back to the shop for me – I still have lots of furniture left to build 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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