Free Cabinet Door Storage Bin Plans

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Hello, hello!  This is Justin from Remodelaholic.  Now that we’ve moved to a smaller home, that is lacking in the storage department, we have been searching far and wide for ways to hide all of our stuff.  Every little space counts, right?  So, when Cassity saw this cabinet door storage bin on Better Homes and Gardens she knew it was a great solution for our small home.

She asked me if I could make this.  I love to make things and told her absolutely, put it on my honey do list…(that seems to only get longer, and longer… and longer!)  Behind the cabinet doors on our existing bathroom vanity, we have the perfect place for these storage bins. It seems to me, that underneath vanity cabinets there are usually no shelves.   So, this space could use some better organization, hence the bins.

I wanted to share with you today, the plans on one way somebody could build them.  Here is to you and I both getting better organized.

 

cabinet door storage bins

Image found on BHG

 

List of tools:

  • circular saw or hand saw
  • jig saw
  • pencil
  • compass (to layout the curves on the sides)
  • hammer
  • finishing nails
  • nail set
  • wood filler
  • putty knife
  • sander block
  • sand paper
  • paint
  • paint supplies

 

List of materials:

  • (1) 1 x 4 x 96” select pine board (actual dimensions are 3/4” x 3 1/2” x 96”)
  • (4) 2” zinc mending plates (these could be painted as well as the screw heads, to match the paint of the storage bins.
  • (4) #10 x 5/8 in. Zinc-Plated Flat-Head Phillips Wood Screws
  • (4) #10 x 5/8 in. Zinc-Plated Steel Pan-Head Phillips Wood Screws
  • (12) 1 1/2” finishing nails
  • paint of your choice

 

Notes:

  • the width may vary depending on lumber chosen, make adjustments to the plans as needed.
  • the length of the bin will vary depending on the width of the cabinet door.
  • the material thickness may vary depending on lumber chosen, make adjustments to the plans as needed.

 

Cut List:

  • (2) Sides– 7” x 3 1/2” x 3/4”
  • (1) Bottom– 10 1/2” x 3 1/2” x 3/4”
  • (1) Front – 12” x 3 1/2” x 3/4”

 

cabinet door storage bin FLAT VIEW

 

 

Step-By-Step Instructions

 

1. Cut the bottom to the length of 10 1/2”

cabinet door storage bin STEP 1

 

2. Cut the sides to a rough length of 7 1/2”.  Layout the pattern of the curves with a pencil compass.  Cut along the line of the curve with a jig saw.  Sand edges with sandpaper until smooth.  Nail the sides to the bottom using finishing nails. Set the nails below the surface and patch with wood filler.

cabinet door storage bin STEP 2

 

3. Cut the front to a length of 12”.  Nail the front in place with finishing nails.  Set the nails below the surface. Patch with wood filler and sand smooth.

cabinet door storage bin STEP 3

4. Attach 2” mending plate with flat-head screws, Have the plate over hang the storage bin about 3/4” (see image below).

cabinet door storage bin STEP 4

5. Attach storage bin to cabinet door with pan-head screws.

cabinet door storage bin STEP 5

cabinet door storage bin EXPLODED VIEW

image source BHG

So there you are.  A free plan on how to build your own cabinet door storage bin.  I hope that if you build this that you will share with us your photos of the finished product.

Have fun building and be safe!

Justin 

P.S. if you like these plans be sure to check out our wall mount storage bins!

 

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Comments

  1. Sandra says

    I love this. I need these on all my doors under my sinks. Those sink cabinets are always a complete mess. This would really help me be more organized.

  2. Katie says

    Justin–this is brilliant! We don’t have a linen closet in our home so everything gets shoved under neath our sink… I think I have a new project for Jon to build!

  3. Sue says

    Justin, thank you for the reminder. Years ago we had a kitchen pantry with shelves like these, but I had not thought of the for the dreaded bathroom vanities. Guess what is going on my hubby’s list…

  4. Margaret says

    Thank you SO much for the detailed, easy-to-follow plans. Like some of the other ladies that commented, this goes next on my husband’s “please make for me” list – in fact he already has an email with the link here. :)

  5. Heidi says

    This has got to be the best idea ever! I can’t wait to try it. Do you have to use an extra light wood to keep the shelves from being too heavy for the door?

    I hope you’ll link this up today (or anytime this weekend) at One Creative Weekend on OneCreativeMommy.com.

  6. Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja says

    So, I gotta know… What is the last shelf of the bathroom organizer labeled? The one holding the toilet paper? You’ve got “Relax”, “Pamper” and then??? :0)

    This is a great idea! Can’t wait to try it myself!

    • Cassity says

      Well the picture is from BHG so not totally sure… my money is on “wipe” Which is why they chose to cut it out! (NO! I’m kidding, I really don’t know)

  7. Glenn Gorsiski says

    My daughter asked me to make these storage units for her. I have one recommendation, if you are gone to added these bins to a hollow core door, I would screw the bins to a sheet of hard board then mount the hard board to the inside of the door. This way you will only use a couple of hollow core fasteners.

  8. laura says

    Just curious if you have thought about the hinges and if the weight now in the door will make the doors sag after a while. I’ve wanted to do this on my closet door, but our contractor said it would warp the door within a year. …

    • Justin says

      Laura, that is a good point that you bring up. I think it all depends on what you put in the shelves and what your door is make of. If you are placing heavier things on the door you might want to consider bigger hinges. Thanks for the comment.

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