Build a Leaning Storage Rack with Hamper

Easy to Build Storage for a Small Space

This cute little storage rack doesn’t take up a lot of room and is a super-easy build! The plans to build a leaning storage rack features a hamper (purchased) with dowel rods for hanging towels and a box for storing toiletries. This is the perfect piece for a dorm room, and is a really great weekend project!

build leaning storage rack hamper dimensions


  • 2″ screws
  • 2″ brad nails
  • Two hooks (for the hamper)
  • Fabric Hamper (<– affiliate link!)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (80, 1220, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies


  • 1 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 2 – 2×4 at 6′
  • 2 – 1″ diameter dowel rods at 36″

Cut List:

  • 2 – 2×4 at 72″
  • 3 – 1″ dowel rods at 16″
  • 2 – 1×4 at 15″ – Storage Box
  • 2 – 1×4 at 4″ – Storage Box
  • 1 – 1×4 at 14″ – Storage Box Bottom

build leaning storage rack hamper

Notes About the Project:

  • The holes for the dowels can be drilled using a 1″ Forstner bit at the same depth as the bit itself.
  • Sand all pieces prior to assembly.

Step One

Draw a diagonal line from the top at the dimension shown to cut the angle so that the rack can rest against the wall. Make the cut using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Next, cut a 7° bevel (that slants toward the back) in the lower end of each 2×4 piece for the leg.

build leaning storage rack hamper legs

Step Two

Cut the dowels to length, and mark the position of the holes on the inside faces of the 2×4 legs. Note that there will be a right and a left. Drill the holes for the dowels using a 1″ Forstner bit. The holes will be approximately 1/2″ deep, or the same depth as the bit itself. Apply glue to the holes, then insert the dowels and clamp together. It’s best to do this on a flat surface so that the frame stays square. Further secure the dowels from the outside using 2″ screws.

build leaning storage rack hamper dowels

Step Three

Install the hooks on the legs, at the location shown in the drawing, using the screws that came with the hooks. If the hooks do not have screws with them, use 1″ screws.

build leaning storage rack hamper hooks

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the box. Assemble the box using glue and 2″ brad nails. Position the box on the legs as shown, so that it angles downward approximately 7°. Secure to the legs using glue and 2″ brad nails.

build leaning storage rack hamper box

build leaning storage rack hamper box bottom

build leaning storage rack hamper secure box

Finish as desired! When using in any room, secure the rack to the wall using an angle bracket and screws, making sure the screws are driven into a wall stud.

This wall leaning storage rack could also be used as an organizer in any room – for blankets, toys (as long as it is properly secured to the wall!), etc. Have questions about the plans to build the leaning storage rack with hamper? Leave a comment below!

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