Build a Stacked Tote Tower

Build an easy, versatile storage solution to conquer clutter

1-2 hours

Getting organized can be a challenge. This guide will show you how to build a stacked storage tower you can use to stash away everything from toys in the playroom to baking supplies in the kitchen. Stain or paint the wood frame and you will have a handy storage solution that blends into any decor.

What You Need

Tools
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Clamps
  • Pencil
  • Safety goggles
  • Sanding Block
Materials
  • Five 2- x 4-inch x 8-foot studs
  • Two 64-quart latching plastic storage bins
  • #9 2½-inch coarse thread drywall screws
1
Measure & Cut
Step 1

Using the measuring tape, measure and mark cuts on the 2- x 4-inch x 8-foot studs according to the cut list.

Cut Diagram 1

Use a circular saw to make the straight cuts on the studs. 

Use the sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

2
Stain & Paint Boards
Step 2

Stain or paint boards prior to assembly if desired.

3
Assemble Sides
Step 4

Lay two 30-inch boards vertically so that they are 17½ inches from outside edge to outside edge.

Attach one 17½-inch board across the top of the vertical boards so that it’s flush to the outside and top edges.

4
Assemble Sides
Step 3

Flip assembly over and place two 16-inch boards across the frame; set one board 10 inches from the bottom and the other 2½ inches down from the top.

Align boards so that one side is flush and the other side is offset 1½ inches, as in the diagram below.

Cuts Diagram 2

Repeat steps to build a mirror image opposite side.

5
Attach Sides
Step 5

Place two 23¾-inch boards on end flush with the 16-inch cross boards and secure to each of the sides. These create the stops for the plastic bins.
 
Turn the final 23¾-inch board on its side and place between the front legs flush with the bottom of the legs. Secure with screws.

6
Create Top
Step 6

Place five 30-inch sections across top of assembly and secure with screws.

7
Insert Bins & Complete
Step 7

Insert bins into slots and complete.