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?!


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.


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 I used

  • Wood
  • Plywood
  • Finish nails
  • Pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Sand paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint
Having the right tools makes all the difference, consider investing in one or more of these if you want to build this project easily:
  • Drill – I used my Rockwell 3RILL
  • Circular Saw – I used my Rockwell Versacut
  • Square
  • Measuring tape
  • Kreg Jig™. One of the coolest tools ever, Lowe’s has different packages
  • Sander – I wish I had one of these 🙂 I borrowed one from my neighbor
  • Nailer – I wish I had one of these 🙂
  • Hammer
  • C Clamp

cuttingpicThe 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.

jigpic2This jig set is made by Kreg. It helps to drill holes in exactly the right spot! Love it!

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

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

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

hangercloseupAnd 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?

Need to get organized for the new year? Looking for creative ideas? Why not register for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine? It’s free, is published every three months, and comes directly to your home.

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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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