A Locker for the Kids

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I mentioned how one of my New Year’s resolutions was to get more organized. I even started early in hopes of actually being organized by January 1. Well, I accomplished some of that, but it’s a big job, isn’t it? And it never really ends, does it?

Here’s what happened to me. In the midst of getting the house organized, a whole bunch of stuff ended up piled near the front door, having no other place to live. I had a wrought-iron shelving unit there, but it was quickly overrun with the rest-of-the-house castoffs.

So when the good folks at Lowe’s asked me to find a creative way to organize something in my house, I knew this was the problem area I needed to tackle.

Here is what it looked like before, can you believe it?!

messy front door entry

My idea was to find something where each of my boys could have a place to store their things near the door, a place where each would have his own space for his backpack, shoes, books, coat and other things.

Here is what I made.

Brown and blue wooden locker

I found plans for a project on Ana White’s blog, and I used those as a start for my piece which I simplified and downsized to fit our needs.

Here is a general list of the materials and tools I used


  • Wood
  • Plywood
  • Finish nails
  • Pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Sand paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint


Having the right tools make all the difference, consider investing in one or more of theses if you want to build this project easily:

  • Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Square
  • Measuring tape
  • Kreg Jig™. One of the coolest tools ever.
  • Sander
  • Nailer
  • Hammer
  • C Clamp
saw cutting a piece of wood

The Versacut saw is very light and easy to use. Make sure to use a square to guide it, so you can make very square cuts.

Using a Jig Kreg in a piece of wood.

This jig set is made by Kreg. It helps to drill holes in exactly the right spot! Love it!

drilling a hole in a piece of wood

The above photo shows those perfect holes made by the jig.

A drill on top of a wooden locker

The jig set comes with an extension for driving the screws all the way in and fit perfectly on my 3rill.

A wooden locker for the kids

And here it is back in the house filled with the kids stuff.

A hanger inside a wooden looker with a backpack

And here is a close up of the hooks for the backpack.

Below the main locker area, there is a shelf for shoes. What do you think?

Got the organizing bug? Check out Lowe’s in Pinterest or Lowe’s on Facebook, they are loaded with projects to inspire you to get organized, too.

Happy 2014!

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Wow, I’m impressed! It looks fantastic…sure wish I was this crafty.

Mayito Castillo

Que trabajo tan bonito y bien hecho. En realidad si vele la pena comprar toda esa herramienta para no repagar en muebles o estantes tan costosos. Gracias por compartirlo!

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