Project Overview

Add a touch of style to your home with this eye-catching basket storage unit. It’s a stylish and cost effective way to create extra storage, and a bit of shelf space to display some of your favourite items. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Measure and mark the height of the baskets
3 Line up timber for the first side
4 Clamp together
5 Pre-drill
6 Join the first side together
7 Clamp the two sides together
8 Pre-drill
9 Secure both sides together
10 Cut out the corners on the shelves
11 Cut out the corners
12 Fix the shelves in place
13 Hammer the shelves down
14 Secure the top shelf
15 Paint the storage unit
16 Insert the baskets
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    You can make the shelf unit to suit the size of your baskets. To speed things up you can get your timber cut at your local Bunnings. For this project, we cut our 70mm x 35mm x2.7m pine into the following lengths:

    • 1070mm x 4
    • 230mm x 2
    • 340mm x 6

    The Handy Panel form ply is cut so that the top shelf is 410mm x 450mm and the middle and bottom shelves are 370mm x 410mm. Also, keep an offcut from the legs, you will use this as a template to cut the middle and bottom shelves to size. 

  • Step 2. Measure and mark the height of the baskets

    Measure the height of your baskets.  Make sure the timber for your legs, 4 x 1070mm, are flush, then measure and mark the screw holes with the square to fit the height of your baskets along the length of all four legs. Flush from the top, ours 445mm for the top of the first shelf.  From the top to the top of the bottom shelf was 890mm. Turn the legs over and mark the lines on the other side.

  • Step 3. Line up timber for the first side

    To make the first side of the frame, take two of the legs and lay them parallel to each other. Space three 230mm pieces of timber between them. Line them up where the top, middle and bottom shelves will go. 

  • Step 4. Clamp together

    Clamp the two legs together and make sure they’re square. 

  • Step 5. Pre-drill

    Pre-drill with the 6mm bit into the 230mm lengths of timber at each end of the shelf supports. 

  • Step 6. Join the first side together

    Then use your drill to attach the first side of the frame with two 100mm bugle baton screws. Then repeat steps 3–6 to build the other side. 

  • Step 7. Clamp the two sides together

    Stand each side of the frame on its edge and align the 340mm pieces of timber with the 230mm pieces. The 340mm pieces make the front and back of the storage unit. Clamp the frame together and make sure it’s square and the shelf supports are aligned. 

  • Step 8. Pre-drill

    Use the 6mm drill bit to pre-drill for just one screw that will go between the screws already inserted. Repeat all the way down at the end of each shelf support, including the corners, on both sides of the frame.

  • Step 9. Secure both sides together

    Now use your drill to attach both sides of the frame together by fixing 100mm bugle baton screws into the pre-drilled holes.

  • Step 10. Cut out the corners on the shelves

    To make the shelves you’ll need to cut the corners out of your pre-cut square timber, so they’ll fit into the frame.  Take an offcut from one of your timber legs and place it on one corner of your middle shelf. Trace around it with a pencil and repeat this for the other three corners. Use the square to make your lines straight. Then repeat this for the bottom shelf.

  • Step 11. Cut out the corners

    Clamp a shelf to the workbench with one corner overhanging the edge of the bench. Put on your safety glasses and earmuffs. Then, use the jigsaw to cut out all of the corners on the two shelves.

  • Step 12. Fix the shelves in place

    Place the bottom shelf on its supports. You may need to gently tap it into place with a hammer. 

  • Step 13. Hammer the shelves down

    Use the hammer and nails to secure the shelf to the supports. Repeat this for the middle shelf. 

  • Step 14. Secure the top shelf

    Put the pre-cut top shelf in place. Centre it so that there is an equal overhang on each side. Then nail it into place.

  • Step 15. Paint the storage unit

    You can paint your basket storage unit whatever colour suits your décor. We’ve chosen Vivid White for a clean, crisp look. 

  • Step 16. Insert the baskets

    Once the paint has dried, it’s time to slide in the baskets. Now you’re done and you’ve created a fantastic looking storage solution for anywhere in your home.

Tools and Materials


  • Clamps x 2
  • Combination square
  • Drill
  • Earmuffs or earplugs
  • 6mm drill bit
  • Hammer
  • Jigsaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses with side shields


  • 50mm brad nails
  • 70mm x 35mm x2 .7m pine x 4
  • 100mm bugle baton screws
  • Flat weave insert x 2
  • Handy panel form ply

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