Stacy Davis
Stacy Davis
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  • Fredericksburg, VA

How to Build a Storage Unit in a Minute and a Half

3 Materials
$88
2 Hours
Easy

Last year, I came up with how to build a bench in sixty seconds and I’ve always wanted to create another similar idea. So, without further ado, here it is. Yesterday, I showed you how to build a simple cubby dresser using four crates. Today, I am showing you how to add three stair treads and create an amazing storage unit. This storage unit can be used as many things. I plan to use it in my daughter’s room as a dresser. My daughter hates to put her clothes in drawers. I hope this is a solution that wI’ll both of us happy. I seriously wouldn’t mind one for myself. It would be great in a mud room using each crate for a child or an item. Such as one bin for hats, one for gloves and so on.  Maybe a bin afor rain gear.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
Here is a super simple cubby dresser. I have some ideas on permanently attaching the pieces but I wanted to post this tutorial first.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
Using a hammer, I removed two slats from each crate. This created a “cubby” looking crate.
I attached cup pulls to make them appear more like drawers.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
Here are the bed risers, four crates and three stair treads (one is blue and two are dark brown stained.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
Step 1: Place one stair tread on the 4 bed risers, Step 2: Add two crates and put another stair tread on top, Step 3: Add two more crates and put last stair tread on top.
I‘m going to add real feet but for the video, I wanted something easy. These are bed risers and I painted them to match.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
These are fence post tops. I am going to stain them and use them as feet on my unit. They will replace the bed risers. Haven't had the chance to do this step yet. **UPDATE:** The last picture shows these added to the unit and I love it. I can not tell you how much charm these fence post tops add to the unit.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
Because of how I positioned my stair tread on the crates, it left a small roughly 1 inch gap. I trimmed a 1 by 4 to the same length as my stairtread. I painted it to match.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
I love it. I haven’t attached the pieces yet because I need to clear space in my daughter‘s room for it. When I permanently attach them, I will give another tutorial on how to accomplish this task.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
It even looks good from the back.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
It is so pretty, I am 😍 in love with it.
Here is a short video on how easy it is to assemble this project.
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
More ways to style it!
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
Entirely, having too much fun with decorating this piece
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
how to build a dresser of sorts in a minute and a half
And here it is with the fence top feet added. LOVE IT!
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Just a little stop motion video to show how quickly you can assemble and decorate it.

Suggested materials:

  • Stair treads  (Home Depot)
  • Wood Crates  (Home Depot)
  • Bed Risers  (Walmart)

Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Luanne
    on Jul 24, 2018

    Sorry but I don't see where/why the stair treads are used? Love the finished product!

    • Stacy Davis
      on Jul 24, 2018

      Stair treads are the three long boards that the crates rest on. I will try to add some pictures that show that more clearly.

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