Storage Tower with Magazine bins and Crates

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Our little half bath on the main level was seriously lacking on storage.  Our house needed a place for extra hand towels, magazines and diapers.  Once I was sick of looking at the packs of wet wipes and diapers on the floor everyday, I decided to build this narrow multiple purpose storage tower.

The basket at the top is handy to display rolled up hand towels for guests.  Just under is the always popular bathroom magazine storage.  At the bottom, I made room for large crates to hold pull ups, diapers and wet wipes.  Check out the plans to build your own crates here.

I made the wooden top out of left over ends of oak stair treads from a previous project when I had ripped out the carpet and rough 2x12 lumber on the staircase leading to the second floor.  If you have any reclaimed lumber or pieces of wood you were saving for a project, this plan allows for you to use your imagination on the top.

I used a similar technique to finish this tower as I did with the nesting tables where I used stain as a glaze.  Check the finishing technique here.

I sanded the edges down and stained to create an aged look.

Start out with a 1"x12" (8') board cut down to 2-36" boards (sides) and 1-20" top.  Connect.
Use the left over 4" piece in the center of the top piece (screw or nail in place).
Then grab another 1"x12" (8') board and cut 2 - 20" and another 4" piece.  Build an "H" with the pieces and then secure to the main structure.
Cut 2 more 20" pieces.  Attach to the main structure.  Bottom one should be 1.5 inched up from the bottom.  Middle shelf should be about 11" up from bottom shelf.

Optional - add a backer panel to the unit with beadboard or other thin wood.  36" tall by 21.5".  I didn't add to mine because it was already sturdy and the back wouldn't be visible with the crates and stuff in the way.

Trim both sides with 1"x2" pieces cut to fit 4-36", 4-8 11/16"

Trim front (overlap the side trim you just installed) with 1"x2" 2-36"

Cut 5 - 1"x2" 20" long and trim out the horizonal front trim pieces.

Optional to trim the two little strips in the middle of the magazine storage.  I did just to keep the overall look.

Find a gorgeous piece or two (I Kreg screwed 6 pieces of stair tread together to make a butcherblock looking top) to finish your piece.  Leave enough room to overhang on the edges (generally 1/2" to 1").

Now you have a massive amount of storage in a narrow storage tower.  I painted mine a lighter color due to the small space.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my project.  I would love to hear your feedback.


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  1. Thanks Korrie. You have some great stuff on your blog too. I'm your newest follower. :)

  2. Darnit! Now I have to go back to Home Depot for more wood. It turned out Awesome and great tutorial too. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Loraine-Breakfast For Dinner

  3. hahaha Sorry Loraine. I do that all the time when I get home with my supplies, then I see another blog post a NEED to do for my own house. I'll never finish everything. :)

  4. This is great! The size works for such a small bathroom, I see another copycat project in my future.

  5. I love your blog and have become your newest follower. :-)

  6. Wow, I love this look!

    I'm hosting a link party right now, & would love it if you stopped by & linked up!

    Chrissy @ ForMamas

  7. I love this! What a great job!

  8. You're awesome! Thanx for this...can't wait to build SOME!!!

  9. Thank you all so much for your kind words and invites. I am so glad you took the time to comment. You have made my day :)

  10. Wow - amazing project! I love everything about it. And great tutorial!!

    I featured it on my TT&J facebook page :)


  11. Thank you so much Jen. You are amazing!

  12. Fantastic! This is such a good idea, I might have to try it.

  13. This is so pretty and your plans look so easy to follow. I have to try this!

  14. Thanks Kari. Yes, it is super easy - basically just a bookshelf with some cubbies. Let me know if you do try it.

  15. You did SUCH a great job on this!! I love the mustardy yellow with the stained top!!

  16. Thank you Katie. I was so happy I found a way to reuse those extra pieces of stairs.

  17. Holy S***, I just realized that you built the entire cabinet! I was going to tell you that I am a power tool addict, also. However, I am now going to find out what else you can teach me.

  18. hahahaha, you made me laugh. Thanks!

  19. It's beautiful! Great job, Karen! :)

  20. That's a gorgeous storage unit, I might be able to do something similar for a side table piece for my home in Illawarra. Keep the ideas coming!