You've all seen this beauty on Pinterest, right??
Creative idea for storage, right?
The $157 price tag, plus $12 for shipping - not so much!
So I showed this to the hubs and had him put together a version for our playroom all for around TEN BUCKS
Thank you to my darling husband who put together this cut list for me.
all measurements are subject to your needs - larger or smaller depending on your space and animal collection
Keep in mind, when I say "1x4", the actual size is 3/4"x3 1/2". If you ask someone at the store, ask for a 1x4. They'll know what you mean. The length is the actual length it should be cut.
- 2 pieces- 1x4 board, 20" long
- 2 pieces - 1x4 board, 10.5" long
- Assemble into a rectangle, with the 20" pieces forming the "long" sides
- 4 pieces - 1x3 board (actually 3/4" x 2 1/2" but remember those smarty pants lumber workers), 20" long
- 4 pieces - 1x3 board, 10.5" long
- Assemble into two rectangles
- 4 pieces - 1x2 (actually 3/4" x 1 1/2"), 48" long
This height is to your liking; we have tall kids and a lot of animals to store!
- 8 pieces of 3/8" dowels, each 42 3/4" long
- Glue and screw each of your bottom, center and top rectangles together.
- Drill holes into each for the bars to nest into
- Holes for the long sides will be centered and then 4" apart (3 bars per side)
- Short sides will have 1 hole, centered (1 bar per side)
Drilling holes for bottom and top you will only go 3/8" deep
- Center will be drilled all the way through. I recommend go half and half on each side to help avoid splitting and splintering.
Start from the bottom and middle sections and thread the bars. Glue, screw and attach to your skeleton pieces. Then add the top bars and top rectangle.
Stand back and admire your work. Then clean up that piles of animals and baby dolls and show them their new home!
Ours stands about 4 feet tall when it was all said and done
You can see, no animal really escapes, but they're all removable through the bars. Even blankets for those picnic tea parties are contained!
This has been the best things we've added to our playroom (aside from the door to
Let me know if you've got questions - the hubs loves this sort of thing and would love to help you design your own!