step-by-steps EASY TO BUILD STOR­AGE BOXES

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Bedroom Revamp -

Made from ply­wood, the DIY fur­ni­ture in this tween bed­room is bud­get-friendly and, with no com­pli­cated join­ery, every­thing is easy to as­sem­ble. Just cut, glue and screw! First you make ply­wood boxes, then at­tach them to wall-mounted ply pan­els. In this way you can cre­ate shelv­ing and a built-in desk. You sim­ply use the same tech­nique to build boxes to suit your space.

Gather your sup­plies

• 18mm ply­wood

• Wire bas­kets

You’ll also need

Cir­cu­lar saw; drill; PVA glue; ham­mer; spirit level; car­pen­ter’s pen­cil; mea­sur­ing square; wood filler; putty knife; de­tail sander; dust mask; paint roller and tray; wa­ter­based clear in­te­rior var­nish; wall plugs; 50mm screws

For you to note

• Mea­sure your walls to cal­cu­late the sizes of the ply­wood pan­els that will hold the stor­age boxes. Then work out the size and num­bers of the boxes. You may find it use­ful to draw a plan to scale on pa­per.

• Have all the panel and box pieces cut and ready to go be­fore you start. You can also have them cut by the sup­plier.

• The box back sits in­side the box, so it will be the same height as the side pieces and the same width as the top and base mi­nus 36mm.

Here’s how

STEP 1 Mark the ply­wood into pieces for the square and rec­tan­gu­lar boxes for the wall shelv­ing and desk. The desk­top needs to be at least 600mm deep and 900mm wide. Cut out pieces with a cir­cu­lar saw.

STEP 2 Put a box side on box base with edges flush and mark the line with a car­pen­ter’s pen­cil, this will be a guide when screw­ing the butt joints. Re­peat with other side of base.

STEP 3 Po­si­tion side against base and hold in place to predrill us­ing marked line as a guide. Re­peat for other side.

STEP 4 Ap­ply glue to edge of one side piece and po­si­tion against base. Se­cure us­ing screws.

STEP 5 Glue and screw other side to box base.

STEP 6 Re­peat steps to make rec­tan­gu­lar boxes.

STEP 7 Ap­ply wood filler to all screw holes us­ing a putty knife, smooth it and leave to dry.

STEP 8 Us­ing a de­tail sander, sand the filler so it is even with the sur­face and give all the box sides a sand.

STEP 9 Ap­ply 2 costs of clear var­nish to boxes and pan­els us­ing a roller, let­ting it dry be­tween coats.

STEP 10 Mea­sure about 50mm in from each cor­ner of the wall panel and predrill. Mark cor­re­spond­ing lo­ca­tions on the wall and drill a hole, insert wall plug and ham­mer in.

STEP 11 Screw through predrilled holes into wall plugs to at­tach panel to ma­sonry walls. (For stud walls, se­cure to studs.)

STEP 12 Mark po­si­tions of shelv­ing boxes on wall panel, then se­cure with screws through the box back, us­ing a spirit level to check for level. Re­peat to mount a ply­wood panel and the desk boxes, en­sur­ing desk­top is at least 700mm from the floor.

STEP 13 Mount a ply­wood panel, cut to size to the space be­hind the door. Se­cure bas­kets to the ply us­ing screws.

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