How to Build an Entry Organizer
I actually used a board from the Ikea clearance area for $2.50! If you have a chance check it out! If you strike out at Ikea, this look would still look great using a standard 1×12″ board.
- 1×12″ board
- 1×6″ board
- 1×2″ board
- 3/4″ Trim (6′)
- Wood Glue
- Label Holders (If Desired
- Nail Filler
- Miter Saw
- Nail gun /Compressor (not necessary, but speeds things up)
Let's get started!
Step 1: The Foundation
Cut 1×12″ @ 39″
Cut 1×6″ at 41″
Center on the top ledge of the 1×12 and secure. This can be done in one of several ways:
- wood glue and finish nails
- 1 1/2″ Screws (pre-drill)
- Pocket Holes on the backside of 1×12″
Cut (2) 1×2″ @ 3 3/4″ (short point to short point with 45 degree angles on both ends. See diagram below.)
These will serve as supports for the top shelf, as well as make it look pretty!
Secure supports at the edge of the 1×12″ board.
Step 4: Add Trim
Cut 3/4″ trim
(1) @ 41″ (Short end to short end, with 45 degree angles on both ends) See diagram below.
(2) @ 5 1/2” (From straight edge to short end with 45 degree angle) See diagram below.
Proceed to attach the trim to the perimeter of the 1×6″; because this is strictly aesthetic, wood glue will suffice.
Once all the glue is dry and completely set you can begin prep work.
- Fill all holes with nail filler
- Sand Down EVERYTHING
- Wipe Down
- Rub Down with Steel Wool
- Paint ( I used Behr Ultra Pure White)
- Re-coat if necessary
Step 6: Add Hardware
One of the great things I love about DIY is that you can always cater it to fit your style. You can choose any style of hook you would like! I purchased mine at the Home Depot. I love them!
Funny thing is, I have yet to actually put labels in any of them. Hmm.
Now you are ready to install, you have a couple options, you can either use a “French Cleat” bracket. These can be found in the picture hanging supplies at most hardware stores. OR you can do what I did… I used provided screws to attach the hooks to the boards. However, in 2 or 3 of them I used a much longer screw, so that it would go through the entire board and into the wall. I made sure I was into at least one stud for good measure. I haven't had any problems, even when the kids pull on it!
There you have it! It serves a purpose, it fills the space nicely, and the shelf allows for added decoration. Little ledges like this are PERFECT for seasonal decor! If you want to learn more about this space, you should check out these tutorials:
Thanks for reading, and take luck!