Build Wooden Wall Shelves with Cubby Holes

What You'll Need
Wood planks
Circular saw
Measuring tape
Paper and pencil
Paint and paintbrush
Wood screws and brackets
Wood putty and glue

Wooden wall shelves can be found in various shapes and sizes. They are popular pieces of furniture that can be found in almost every home and used whenever items need to be stored. Wall shelves with cubby holes are a popular type of shelving system because they can be made to accommodate anything. If you build them yourself, you will have the added advantage of being able to customize them according to your particular requirements. Let us highlight the main steps involved to build wooden shelves with cubby holes.

Step 1 - Planning

Before you begin, you will need to establish a blueprint, or plan. Start by thinking about the items you intend to store. Depending on the size and shape of the items, you can establish the size of the shelving unit and the cubby holes themselves. Draw a sketch of the shelves and label the dimensions of each shelf height. Also, be sure the shelving unit will fit into your available space.

Step 2 - Cutting the Wood

Next, you can start cutting the wood planks you will need for the cubby holes. It is best to build the cubby holes separately, and then mount them into a single shelving unit at the end. Refer to your sketch to determine how many pieces of wood you need. Mark the wooden planks and start cutting them using a circular saw.

Step 3 - Sanding and Painting

The edges of the wood will be harsh so it is best that you sand them. When you are finished, wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove the dust particles.

Next, you can paint your shelves. It is better to paint your shelving unit before the cubby holes are mounted so that your work is cleaner. Paint your unit before you build your cubby holes so that it has plenty of time to dry.

Step 4 - Assembling the Cubby Holes

You can start assembling the wood planks into the actual cubby holes. Fix the base to the two vertical sides by means of screws. Then, attach the top panel and the back panel. This step calls for patience and care as you will need to attain a right angle at each corner. For added sturdiness it is best that you use wood brackets too. Repeat this step until you have assembled all the cubby holes you require.

Step 5 - Touch Up and Finish

Apply wood putty in the areas where screws were inserted. Use a wood putty that is similar in color or shade for this job. You can also paint over it once it has dried. Finally you have to mount all the cubby holes you built into a single shelving unit. Attach them together with wood glue and let it dry. Make sure to clamp the pieces together so that they dry well. It is best to fasten the shelving unit with screws for added security.