How to make a D.I.Y. bin storage unit

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How to make a D.I.Y. bin storage unit

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Project Overview

Here’s a great way to store your bins so they’re out of sight but easy to get to. This easy to make bin storage unit will help keep your bin area neat, tidy and looking good. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the timber
2 Build the frames for the dividers and sides
3 Make three back frames
4 Clad the end frames
5 Assemble the unit
6 Attach the cladding to the front
7 Attach cladding to the top of the unit
8 Make the doors
9 Attach the cladding to the door
10 Attach a cross-brace
11 Drill holes for the handles
12 Attach the hinges
13 Attach the doors
14 Attach a latch
15 Tidy job, well done!
  • Step 1. Cut the timber

    To make this project easier, we had all of the timber cut to size at Bunnings. Cut the 70mm x 35mm treated pine to the following lengths: 1020mm x 12 870mm x 8 620mm x 6 1020mm x 6 Next, cut the 90mm x 19mm merbau decking to these lengths: 600mm x 39 1085mm x 6 1240mm x 3 1090mm x 2 890mm x 22 2079mm x 9 Finally, cut the 70mm x 19mm merbau decking to: 1090mm x 2
  • Step 2. Build the frames for the dividers and sides

    Lay out the timber for the frames, 870mm x 70mm x 35mm x 2 for the top and bottom 1020mm x 3 for the sides and middle. Use the framing gun to fix these together. Measure, mark and fix a 1020mm piece of timber in the centre as an extra stud for support. Countersink with a bugle bit and screw into place with the 75mm screws. Repeat this step to build three frames.
  • Step 3. Make three back frames

    Take the two 620mm x 70mm x 35mm timber pieces and two 1020mm x 70mm x 35mm timber pieces and lay them out. Then fix them together with a framing gun. Countersink with a bugle bit and use the 75mm screws to secure the frame. Repeat the process to build two more frames.
  • Step 4. Clad the end frames

    Place the first piece of merbau on the side you want to clad. Measure and mark where you want to drill. Pre-drill the hole with the countersink drill bit and secure the timber with the decking screws. Place 10mm spacers next to the timber and place your second piece of merbau next to it. Secure it using the method above, making sure the screws are in line with each other. Repeat this process until both end frames are clad.
  • Step 5. Assemble the unit

    Clear the ground where you’re going to place the bin storage unit so that it’s level. Next, clamp a back frame to a side frame, making sure the frames are flush. Use the drill bit to countersink and then secure the two with 75mm batten screws. Attach a divider, another back frame, a divider, another back frame, and then the side. Clamp the frames together making sure they are flush, countersink and then screw into place with the 75mm batten screws. Once the unit is assembled, you can attach it to the wall for extra support.
  • Step 6. Attach the cladding to the front

    To give the storage unit a nice finish we’re going to attach some cladding to the dividers. Use the two 1090mm x 90mm x 19mm pieces to clad the two end faces and the two 1090mm x 70mm x 19mm pieces to clad the centre dividers. Clamp the timber to the unit. Pre-drill using the countersink bit and then screw into place with the 40mm screws. Evenly space the screws for uniformity. Repeat the process for each front face.
  • Step 7. Attach cladding to the top of the unit

    Lay out the merbau decking on top of the unit, making sure it’s flush to the top and front of the vertical face cladding you’ve just installed. Start at the front and work back, evenly spacing the timber with the 10mm spacer so that it fits flush against the back frame. Mark, pre-drill and secure with the 40mm decking screws. Repeat this process until the top of the unit is clad.
  • Step 8. Make the doors

    Lay out the door frame with the two 600mm x 90mm x 19mm pieces of timber at the top and the two 1085mm x 90mm x 19mm pieces on the sides. Fix the timber for the top of the frame under the sides. Secure together using the fixing gun and 32mm brads. Before continuing ensure the frame is square by measuring diagonally from corner to corner. The door is square if the distances are the same.
  • Step 9. Attach the cladding to the door

    Evenly space the 11 decking boards between the longer sides of the door. Use the nail gun to secure the decking. The ripple side of the decking should face the inside of the storage unit.
  • Step 10. Attach a cross-brace

    We’re going to attach a cross-brace to give the door extra support. Place a piece of 1240mm x 90mm x 19mm timber diagonally across the door. Mark where it needs to be cut at both ends and use the circular saw to cut it to size and shape. Attach the cross-brace to the door using the nail gun. Repeat this for the two other doors.
  • Step 11. Drill holes for the handles

    Instead of attaching a handle to open the doors we’re going to drill some holes. To do this, measure and mark 45mm in and 45mm down the top of the door. Clamp the door to the workbench and drill a hole using the 25mm spade bit. Repeat this for the two other doors.
  • Step 12. Attach the hinges

    Place the hinges where you want them to be, an equal distance from the top and bottom of the door. Mark where the holes need to be drilled. Pre-drill the holes and then attach the hinges to the door. The screws provided may need to be ground off to size. Repeat this for the other doors. The gates are heavy so be sure to use the appropriate size hinge and screws.
  • Step 13. Attach the doors

    To attach the door, put it in place making sure there is an even gap between the door and the frame. Chock the door in place. Mark the position of the hinges. Pre-drill and screw into place using the 10 gauge 50mm screws. Repeat this for the two other doors.
  • Step 14. Attach a latch

    To keep the door closed, we’re attaching a latch. To do this, measure and mark where you want the latch to be. Pre-drill the holes and then secure the latch. Measure and mark where the catch will go. Pre-drill the holes and attach the catch. Repeat the process for the other two doors.
  • Step 15. Tidy job, well done!

    And there you have it, a great looking storage unit that will also keep your bin area neat and tidy.

Tools and Materials


  • Builders square
  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Compound mitre saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Impact driver
  • Philips head bits
  • Bit for bugle screws
  • Bit for decking screws
  • 25mm spade bit
  • Fixing gun and 32mm brads
  • Framing gun and 75mm nails
  • Hammer
  • Hammer drill
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Orbital sander
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Spirit level
  • Work gloves


  • 70mm x 35mm x 2.4m treated pine x 15
  • 90mm x 19mm Merbau decking x 77
  • 70mm x 19mm Merbau decking x 3
  • 75mm bugle screws
  • 50mm cabin hook latch x 3
  • 10g 50mm screws
  • 8g 40mm timber screws
  • Gate hinge pairs and accompanying bolts x 3
  • 120 grit sandpaper for power sanding and hand sanding

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