DIY Storage Idea!

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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!

DIY Toy Storage Unit

Boys Room

I say organization can be functional and pretty darn cute at the same time… Agreed??

We have some GREAT news friends!  We are now offering FREE printable plans for all of our original Shanty2Chic projects!  You guys begged for them… And here they are!  Just click the button below to take you to them in another window.  Then, just click print or download and save them!

Free Plans Ikea Storage System

As always, we will still give you guys a full tutorial of tips and pics to help you tackle these plans!

This is a really simple build!  I broke it all down for you.  Here we go!

DIY Storage Idea Supply List

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)


Brad nailer

Gorilla Wood Glue

Wood Stain

DIY Storage Idea Build it!

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? 😉

Wood for Toy Storage

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 HEREDIY Storage Idea !
  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…

Kreg Jig K5

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…

Gorilla Wood Glue

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!

Ryobi Airstrike Nailer

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.

How to build Ikea Trofast

These are the shorter boards in the middle.  I put pocket holes on both ends of each of these boards.

Build Toy Storage

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.

Middle Shelves for DIY Toy Storage

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.

Building a toy storage unit

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.

Attach pocket hole screws

Now to attach the middle boards!  I placed these each 16.75″ apart and also attached them using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Ikea Trofast DIY

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.

How to build toy storage

To attach these pieces, I used Gorilla Wood glue and my cordless nail gun again… Easy peasy!

Building toy storage

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!

DIY Toy Storage How To

The sides will look like this…

How to add wood trim

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!

DIY Ikea Trofast Toy Storage

Boys Room

DIY Toy Storage

DIY Toy Storage Unit

DIY Ikea Trofast

To create the chalkboard labels on the front of these, I used Chalkboard Contact PaperDIY Storage Idea !
I buy mine on Amazon HEREDIY Storage Idea
!  I also use a white wet-erase chalk penDIY Storage Idea
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!

Ikea Trofast

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…. 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would LOVE for you to share and PIN this with all your friends!

Remember, you can access the full set of FREE printable plans by clicking HERE! Thanks so much to Jay from Jay’s Custom Creations for putting our ideas into plans for our readers!  Jay is an awesome guy with some great project ideas… You guys should check him out!

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!



  1. Kalie Niederhauser on January 23, 2022 at 11:59 am

    What size are there bins?? I clicked on the link and it didn’t bring me to the correct page.

  2. Lacey on January 20, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    I just made this over the weekend! Thank you!

  3. Renee Marino on October 29, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Hi!! Curious how much this project cost you on average? Thanks! We have two white Trofasts and need more. Ha. But I don’t love how cheap the white looks and always was looking for a diy

  4. Shirley Rodgers on October 9, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve made 3 of these … you’re plans are so easy to follow!! Wish I could attached a pic of the last one … I got a little creative with it :-). Anyway, thanks so much for all the free plans, tips and encouragement. You girls ROCK!!

  5. Ashley on May 25, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Which size containers did you use for this?

  6. Eracliton Souza on April 8, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Vocês são fantásticas e de uma competência, demais. No Brasil é tudo um pouco mais difícil mas vou conseguir chegar lá. por isso agradeço de coração a oportunidade que voces nos dão.

  7. Eleodoro on December 31, 2019 at 12:58 am

    I was just wondering what the dimensions of the toy bins are

  8. Stephanie on November 18, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Do the bins stick out the back? These bins are 11.75” wide and the pine boards are 11.25” wide? Does this cause a problem for damaging the bins or wall behind the unit?

  9. Aaron Williford on April 11, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Will this be strong enough to hold a 10 gallon fish tank on top of it? I’m thinking it would but would like some feedback because I really need something to organize my 5 year olds hurricane of a room.

  10. Christina Junker on April 5, 2019 at 9:05 am

    These plans were perfect for our soon to be little ones nursery! I love that we were able to customize it to our colors. It’s ideal for keeping everything organized and the possible storage uses can be changed as he grows thanks to the chalk labels. We were also sure to anchor it to the wall so he can’t pull it down when he’s a toddler. Thanks for sharing and I’d be happy to include a picture of our final product if there’s a way to do that on here.

  11. Mallory A Hargis on February 26, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    What size bins did you use?

  12. Jon on January 6, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Which size Trofast bins?

  13. Nicole on November 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    What size trofast bins?

  14. Courtney on April 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Where did you get the red IKEA Trofast baskets? I am wanting blue but I could go with red. All I see in the IKEA link is green, orange, or pink.

    Thank you!

  15. Kristy Reedhardt on December 3, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Another question where did you find those bins and what dimensions? I don’t live near an IKEA. Please let me know.

  16. Kristy Reedhardt on December 3, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Can you give me the sizes of cuts for the top and
    Bottom if I use just to columns of baskets? I keep getting 36.5 for the top and 34.5 for the bottom. But somehow when I do the math the same way to figure out your measurements for the 3 columns my numbers don’t match. What am I missing?

  17. Kimberly Woodruff on September 8, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Do you have the dimensions of the completed project?

  18. Thomas M on April 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    i just finished this. My son is always looking for projects to work together on. We did this. He had a blast building it. We are going to drill a hole in one of the bins so he has a bin to charge his controller, etc, without cords being exposed.

    Thanks for the idea! And the plans

  19. Rosie Reay on January 11, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Please please please can you make me one… I have totally fallen in love with this but am no where near capable enough….

  20. Krissy on October 13, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Just finished mine this weekend. Switched up the bin sizes and chose to miter corners on the trim. My kiddo loves it! As always, thanks for the free plans. 🙂
    On a side note – I noticed that Lowes has stopped carrying Rustoleum stain in my area! Any recommendations for alternative stain? I used a Minwax stain & poly in one on this piece and it worked out better that I expected, but I love and will miss the Rustoleum color choices.

    • Michelle Smith Korb on January 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Hi! Can you measure where the tops of the ledges are on the two end sections? I want to use different size bins too and was curious where you put those ledges. [email protected]

      • Krissy on January 29, 2016 at 7:14 pm

        Here are my notes. 🙂 Happy building!

  21. Trini Key on June 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    What size Trofast bins did you use?

    • Duane on October 1, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Three people have asked this but none got a reply! I want to know too! The link to IKEA takes you to the catalog page for the whole system, and not to a specific bin. I can’t seem to find what looks like the exact bin, but pictures can sometimes be deceiving. Can’t build until I’m sure they still sell that size.

  22. Marsha on January 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the free plans…just what I’m looking for to organize my son’s lego! I too love the Ikea Trofast system but didn’t want to have to pay for the shipping online.

  23. Nichole Caten on January 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hey Whitney and Ashley, I have a question. I definitely need to add this plan in my home (to the many of yours I have already completed) for all my miscellaneous items with nowhere to put them. I will have to put this in the guest room so it will need to double as a media chest. Do you think if I used the top middle space and closed it in to put a dvd player/cable receiver/etc. it would look tacky? I would need to add a back to it then?

  24. alicia on January 2, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    looks great! what size containers did you use to fit? I want to see if I can use what I have or get similar ones locally.

  25. [email protected] on September 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this inspiration. I think it will be a perfect solution for storage in our garage, too. Very versatile. I just shared a link to your project on NewlyWoodwards.

  26. Shelly Brower on July 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    LOVE IT!! Its awesome. Have to have hubby build one for all my daughters horse toys:0) LOL

    • Liz on October 11, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      Are the Trofast bis you used Red or Orange? While looking online, Ikea doesn’t have a red option (which I prefer), only orange. If the orange leans more red, that’ll help my choice. Thanks!

  27. Christopher Finke on June 10, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I made two of these this weekend. There’s a mistake in the printable plans — it says to cut 20 lengths of 11.25″ 1×2, but the project only uses 18.

    Also, you could cut 3 of the 11.25″ lengths of 1×2 and one 54.75″ length out of the same board, only requiring a 54.75″ and 11.25″ out of the other board, leaving you with one longer scrap piece for another project instead of two shorter pieces.

  28. Heather on May 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Just curious if the wall behind the shelf is getting damaged at all with the in & out of the storage bins? I am considering adding a back to the shelf.

  29. Jamie Payne on March 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

    What is the total dimensions just trying to see if it will fit? Thank you!

    • Christopher Finke on June 10, 2014 at 11:46 am

      The final finished dimensions are 54.75″ wide, 36.5″ tall, and 12″ deep.

      • Brittany on January 3, 2020 at 11:05 am

        What size bins?? They have multiple sizes and I don’t want to order wrong ones.

  30. Cydney Carlson on February 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Help! I’m stuck on my build…does the longer board go on top?? If not, the bottom bows out wider than the top. Please let me know ASAP! Thanks!

  31. Karen Moerke on February 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I think there is a mistake in the post. You mention that you cut your longest board and attach it as the bottom 1×12. That won’t work though since you are attaching it inside the side boards. Longest board goes on the top.

  32. Kelleigh Wright on February 8, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Love it!! Was wondering – do you varnish after you have stained or just leave it at the stain?? 🙂

    • Christina Junker on April 5, 2019 at 9:01 am

      These plans were perfect for our soon to be little ones nursery! I love that we were able to customize it to our colors. It’s ideal for keeping everything organized and the possible storage uses can be changed as he grows thanks to the chalk labels. We were also sure to anchor it to the wall so he can’t pull it down when he’s a toddler. Thanks for sharing and I’d be happy to include a picture of our final product if there’s a way to do that on here.

  33. Amy E. @ on February 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve been mapping out an idea of what I want to do for storage in my kids’ rooms and this will definitely serve as inspiration! Those clunky v-tech tracks are one of our biggest issues here haha.

  34. Sarah Parker on February 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    This would be awesome in a craft room! Thanks so much for sharing!

  35. Emiley on February 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    How much did this cost you to build?

  36. Kayla on February 7, 2014 at 11:08 am

    do you know what the measurements would need to be if i wanted to make one of these the same height but only 3ft long? this is going to be my first furniture project but im clueless when it comes to coming up with measurements.

  37. Mindi on February 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Totally awesome! I love it!

  38. Jenny Chantler on February 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

    That carpet looks SUPER soft, the kind you get out of bed and your feet just sink in! Which brand is it?

  39. astrollthrulife on February 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Great project and such a fabulous tutorial too. Love the new room. Hugs, Marty

  40. Bethany on February 7, 2014 at 8:45 am

    That’s Ana White’s laundry shelf right? I only ask because I’m in the middle of that exact build! Looks really good!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 8:47 am

      It’s not actually… Totally different! I do love the basket holders! One of my fav Ana White plans!! 🙂

      • Bethany on February 7, 2014 at 9:41 am

        Oh, I meant, same concept. 🙂 But yes, the dimensions are different and the trim is a really nice addition – I think I’ll have to add some to my laundry shelf!

  41. JConstantine on February 7, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Another great build! You girls are such an inspiration, I just L.O.V.E. following your blog! I think I see a kreg jig in my future! 😉 Keep up the great work!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Thank you so much Jenna! 🙂

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