How to Build a Storage Unit for Kids Dress-Up Clothes

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You can make a two-part storage unit for kids to keep dress-up clothes neat and safe. Make a tall wooden storage unit and make a fabric-covered box to insert in the bottom of the unit. Kids can hang their dresses and outfits on a rod in the storage unit and fill the box with their dress-up jewelry, shoes and other pretend play items. Decorate the storage unit with paint and cover the box with a fabric that coordinates with the paint color.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2-inch to 1-inch-thick plywood
  • Jigsaw or circular saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Screws or nails
  • Drill or hammer
  • Small piece of 1/4-inch-thick plywood
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Small adjustable closet rod
  • Large cardboard box
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Craft glue
  • Satin cord (or other craft cord)
  • 1-inch-wide ribbon

Wooden Storage Unit

  • Cut two pieces of plywood that measure 12 inches wide by 40 inches long. Sand the edges of the cut wood.

  • Cut two more pieces of plywood that measure 12 inches wide by 20 inches long. Sand the edges.

  • Assemble the box. Lay all four pieces on the floor and arrange the pieces into a rectangle. Stand each piece on a 1/2-inch side to make the box.

  • Spread a thick layer of wood glue along each of the short ends of the box shape and press the wood into place. Add a few screws or nails along each joint to make the storage unit sturdy. Let the glue dry according to its directions.

  • Paint the storage unit in the color of your choice and let it dry. Insert an adjustable closet rod near the top of the box for kids to hang their dress-up clothes.

Fabric-Covered Box Insert

  • Place a large cardboard box on your work surface. Measure the long side, short side and bottom of the box. Cut 10 pieces of fabric: four for each side dimension and two for the bottom measurement. Cover the inside bottom of the box with craft glue and smooth the fabric for this section over top of the glue. Do the same with each piece of fabric.

  • Measure the length and width of each interior side. Cut two pieces of satin cord to the length and two pieces to the width. (You can replace the satin cord with a different type of cord for a less expensive project.) Spread a layer of glue along the inside edges of the box and smooth the cord over top.

  • Measure the height of the inside of the box and subtract 1/2 inch. Cut four pieces of the cord to this length. Glue the four interior corners of the box and smooth the cord over the glue.

  • Measure the length of the outside of the box and cut four pieces of 1-inch-wide ribbon to this length. Spread glue along the entire length of a ribbon. Press it along the bottom edge of the box, half to the underside of the box and half to the side of the box. Affix the rest of ribbons this way to the other bottom edge and the top edges of the box.

    Measure the width of the box, cut four ribbons of this length and repeat the gluing process for the remaining four edges.

  • Measure the height of the box and cut four pieces of ribbon to this length. Cover each ribbon with glue and smooth along each outside corner of the box. Let the glue dry for 20 to 30 minutes. Place the box in the storage unit.

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References

  • "The Kids' Building Workshop: 15 Woodworking Projects for Kids and Parents to Build Together"; Craig Robertson; 2004
  • Photo Credit Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images
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