Build a Wade Storage Cabinet Tower Inspired by Pottery Barn
Proper storage is a necessity in any home, especially if it looks nice and fits with the overall style of the home. These DIY furniture plans to build a Wade Storage Cabinet Tower (inspired by Pottery Barn) fit that bill perfectly! There is plenty of storage in each piece featuring a cabinet with a door at the top, several hooks and a seat with a drawer underneath, plus the tower reflects the Farmhouse look which is so popular right now! The materials listed are to build one tower, but several can be built and secured together to create storage to fit every need and room!
The tower is constructed out of plywood and the plan includes a template to cut the sides (see the Notes section below). The shelving and hook support can be secured to the sides using pocket hole screws or regular screws from the outside.
With this plan, I’m trying something new by adding a layout diagram. My goal with the layout is to reduce waste and to help save you money by having to buy less material. Give me some feedback in the comments section below and let me know what you think!
- 1-1/2″ pocket hole screws OR (<– affiliate link!)
- 1-1/2″ screws
- 1-1/4″ brad nails
- Edge banding (<– affiliate link!)
- One set of hinges
- One set of 16″ drawer slides (<– affiliate link!)
- Hooks of your choice
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (80, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies
To Build ONE Tower:
- 1 – 4’x8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- Scraps of 1/2″ plywood and 1/4″ plywood
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 74″ – Sides
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 18″ x 18-1/2″ – Lower Shelves
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 10″ x 18-1/2″ – Upper Shelves
- 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 19-1/4″ x 67″ – Back
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ – Hook Support
- 4 – 3/4″ plywood at 10″ x 16″ – Drawer Box
- 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 16″ x 17-1/2″ – Drawer Box Bottom
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 18-1/4″ – Drawer Front
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-1/2″ x 12″ – Door Frame
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-1/2″ x 13-1/4″ – Door Frame
- 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 7″ x 13-1/4″ – Door Panel
Notes About the Project:
- Download the templates here. There are 33 pages that form the template. Print the template at actual size (do not fit to page), align the registration marks then tape the sheets together and cut out the template. If multiple cabinets are built, trace the template onto poster board for a sturdier pattern that can be used multiple times.
- Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood prior to assembly.
- The cabinet should be secured to a wall stud for safety. If multiple cabinets are built, secure the cabinets to each other with 1-1/2″ screws through the sides then secure the cabinets to the wall.
- The plywood layout is below.
Trace the template for the sides onto the plywood as shown in the layout, then cut out the sides using a jigsaw.
Cut the pieces for the lower shelves. Secure the lower shelves to the sides as shown using glue and pocket holes drilled into the shelves or screws driven through the sides into the shelves.
Cut the pieces for the upper shelves. Secure the upper shelves to the sides as shown using glue and pocket holes drilled into the shelves or screws driven through the sides into the shelves.
Cut the piece for the hook support. Position the support under the second upper shelf, and secure in place using glue and pocket holes drilled into each end or screws driven through the sides into the support.
Cut the piece for the back and secure using 1-1/4″ brad nails.
Cut the pieces for the drawer box. Assemble the drawer as shown in the drawing using glue and brad nails, pocket hole screws or countersunk screws.
Cut the piece for the drawer box bottom and secure it to the drawer box using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.
Install the drawer slides according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. For an easy tutorial, click here. Install the drawer into the cabinet and make any necessary adjustments.
Cut the piece for the drawer front and position in the opening over the drawer box. There will be a 1/8″ gap around all sides of the drawer front in the opening. For an easy tutorial on installing drawer fronts, click here.
Cut the pieces for the door. The door frame can be assembled using pocket holes or flat metal brackets with screws. The center panel can be installed the same way. The back face of the panel will be flush with the back face of the frame.
Install the hinges according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then install the door on the cabinet. There will be a 1/8″ gap around all sides of the door in the opening.
Finish the cabinet as desired.
This cabinet is an easy build for all skill levels and can be finished in a variety of ways with these easy DIY furniture plans . Have questions about how to build a Wade Storage Cabinet Tower (inspired by Pottery Barn)? Leave a comment below!