How to build a toy box

Project Overview

Encourage your kids to embrace the magic of books and play by setting up a space just for them, complete with a homemade toy box built from a Clever Cube storage unit. Simply choose a corner of the bedroom or living room and assemble the elements.

Bunnings magazine, September 2019

Photo credit: Natasha Dickins and Brigid Arnott

Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Build your base
2 Roughen the surfaces of the cube
3 Measure and cut your chosen wallpaper
4 Apply the wallpaper
5 Attach the lip
6 Attach the feet
7 Time to play!
  • Step 1. Build your base

    To add a base, mark the cube’s width on plywood and use mitre saw to cut from one side, then flip timber over to complete the cut. Position plywood over cube with equal space around edges. Use a countersinking bit to drill pilot holes; attach with 25mm screws.
  • Step 2. Roughen the surfaces of the cube

    Roughen the surfaces inside the cube with a random orbital sander using a 120-grit sanding disc. Fold a discarded disc in half and hand-sand into the corners, then wipe the inside surfaces thoroughly with a clean, damp cloth to remove all dust.
  • Step 3. Measure and cut your chosen wallpaper

    Use the cube’s cardboard packaging as a cutting board. Along the side of the wallpaper, measure eight 335mm-wide sheets, then measure 390mm down from these marks. Cut with a utility knife, using the metal ruler as a straight edge and making the long cut first.
  • Step 4. Apply the wallpaper

    Spray adhesive on one inside cube wall and the reverse side of one wallpaper sheet, position it to fit along the front then smooth towards the back. To straighten the pattern, pull paper from the back and re-position, working quickly before the adhesive dries, flipping the cube as you go for easy access. Repeat for other walls. 

    Safety tips: When spraying adhesive, wear gloves and a mask and check the weight allowance of the shelves before placing items on them.

  • Step 5. Attach the lip

    Cut the 40mm-wide pine to fit across the ends of the cube, then cut the sides the same inside length of the cube. Countersink three holes into the ends and four along the sides, secure with 25mm screws. Cut the 20mm-wide pine to fit the centre, secure with two countersunk screws. Cover the screws with filler, let dry, then sand.
  • Step 6. Attach the feet

    At the corners of the base, use a combination square to mark 26mm from the edges. Drill a pilot hole using the countersinking bit, then attach ball feet with 40mm screws. 

    Note: The ball feet are positioned so the screws secure into the sides of the cube, rather than protrude through the base. 

     
  • Step 7. Time to play!

    Once complete, place your kid’s favourite toys in your new toy box and away you go.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Safety equipment
  • Marking pen
  • Mitre saw
  • Drill driver
  • Clean cloth
  • 1m metal ruler
  • Utility knife with sharp blade
  • Combination square
  • High-strength contact adhesive spray or aerosol

Materials

  • 8G countersinking bit
  • Flexi Storage ‘Clever Cube’ 1 x 2 storage unit, assembled as per instructions
  • 1200mm x 396mm x 7mm radiata plywood
  • 25mm timber screws
  • Wallpaper
  • 2.4m length of 40mm x 12mm DAR pine
  • 1.2m length of 20mm x 12mm DAR pine
  • Timber filler
  • Four 48mm wooden ball furniture feet
  • 40mm timber screws
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