DIY Rolling Storage Cart

Stylish, trendy storage is the brand new black. These industrial-styled DIY rolling storage carts are an ideal answer for storage wants, whether or not hidden or on show for the world to see (or a hazy someplace in between). In my house, space for storing is at a premium; in reality, it’s just about nonexistent, till I spied the area underneath my daughters’ mattress as an ideal area for some customized storage bins.

This tutorial will exhibit 3 ways to realize the identical look in creating your personal DIY rolling storage cart. This instance makes use of leather-based handles, walnut stain, and casters for an industrial vibe. Be happy to customise the dimensions, form, and ending touches of your personal storage unit – in any case, that’s the actual great thing about DIY!

DIY Degree: Intermediate

Supplies Wanted:

  • Plywood, reduce to cart “flooring” measurement (instance exhibits three sixteen”x21” carts)
  • 1×four pine boards (size decided by measurement of your cart/s) Tip: Ensure that to issue within the peak of your casters as you identify the general peak allowed in your rolling cart; that is notably essential for beneath-the-mattress storage.
  • Wooden glue
  • 4 casters per cart
  • Strip of leather-based for deal with/s and two screws/bolts of your selection for attaching every deal with
  • Wooden stain
  • Elective however beneficial: Sander, miter noticed, scrap 2×four, screws, drill, leather-based punch


That is the only, most elementary of the rolling cart designs on this tutorial, though the others aren’t terribly difficult both. Begin together with your piece of plywood, minimize to measurement. Reduce two 1×four items the size of your plywood (on this case, 21”). Set them subsequent to the plywood however don’t do anything with the wooden but.

Measure from the surface edge of 1 1×four to the surface fringe of the opposite 1×four, or just add 1-half” to the width of your plywood. (On this case, the width was sixteen”, so the brand new measurement can be 17-1/2”.) Minimize two 1×four items to this measurement. Tip: Relying on the preciseness, or lack, of your cart flooring, you might need to measure all sides anyway and customized minimize every board accordingly. I discovered that my measurements various by as much as 1/four”, so customized measuring and chopping made a greater finish product.

Run a line of wooden glue alongside one aspect every of your size boards.

Connect the gluey 1x4s to the edges of the plywood.

With the 2 longer sides glued in place, you’re prepared to connect the back and front 1×four items.

Place wooden glue in a U-form on the aspect of one in every of your 1×four items.

Connect to the ends of your plywood and 1×four aspect items. Repeat for different 1×four finish.

At this level, you must have 4 “partitions” in your rolling cart. Run a skinny line of wooden glue alongside the inside seams and clean it out together with your finger (just like caulking). Let dry utterly.


For these of you in search of further help within the construction of your rolling cart, you may need to attempt including in squared nook braces. To do that, full the steps proven within the instance above for Rolling Cart Design #1 up till the “let dry” step, then proceed as described under.

Take a 2×four scrap, about three” tall, and reduce it in half, being positive to make use of the right security precautions in making such a reduce. Repeat for another 2×four scrap, so you’re left with 4 items of reduce 2x4s.

Place glue on the underside and two sides of one in every of your 2×four blocks.

Glue the two×four block into one nook of your rolling cart.

Repeat for different three corners.

Wipe away extra glue. Let dry completely.


For the added help offered by nook braces however with much less infringement on the precise space for storing inside your rolling cart, triangle nook braces is a wonderful various. It takes barely extra steps than the squared nook braces, however not quite a bit. The top result’s a robust, secure, and clean rolling cart. Out of all three choices, I’d advocate this one. To perform this, full the steps for Rolling Cart Design #1, up till the “let dry” step, then proceed as described under.

Modify your miter noticed to forty five-levels, then stand a 2×four up on its brief aspect (the two” aspect).

Make the minimize so that you simply’re left with a triangle piece of two×four.

Utilizing applicable security precautions, reduce this triangular 2×four scrap in half brief-sensible, so you’re left with two shorter items of triangular wooden.

Repeat the triangular cuts in order that you find yourself with a complete of 4 brief triangles. These will probably be your nook braces.

Place wooden glue on the triangular backside and two proper-angle sides of a triangle piece.

Firmly press gluey triangle piece right into a nook of your rolling cart.

Repeat for different three corners, so that you’ve 4 triangle-braced corners when accomplished. Let dry utterly.


When the glue in your rolling cart has dried completely, you’re prepared to maneuver onto the subsequent part: screw help. Tip: Since you’re working with the ends of wooden items, all the time predrill your screw holes to stop splitting.

For the Glued Nook Design #1: Screw the longer aspect items (21” sides, on this instance) to the plywood. It will strengthen the glue seams. Tip: Take note of the location of those screws, ensuring they don’t “pop” out on the highest of the plywood inside your rolling cart.

For the Squared and Triangle Brace Designs #2 and #three: Place two screws into every bracket on these aspect (21”) boards, for a complete of 4 screws on all sides board.

Your sides will appear to be this. If you would like, you’ll be able to add in a screw or two alongside the underside into the plywood, nevertheless it’s not mandatory in case your match is comfortable.

For all rolling cart designs: Determine which of the shorter boards would be the entrance of your rolling cart, then depart this entrance aspect utterly alone for now. Flip your cart over so the again is dealing with upward, prepared for drilling. Predrill, then screw the ends of this again board (17-1/2” board, on this instance) into the sides of the longer aspect boards (Glued Nook Design #1) or the braces (Squared and Triangle Designs #2 and #three), in addition to the plywood.

At this level, the entrance of your rolling cart must be screw-free, whereas the opposite three sides of your cart ought to be secured with glue and screws. The Glued Corners Design #1 is completed and able to transfer on to staining.

For the Squared Brace Design #2: Predrill, being cautious NOT to drill via the entrance board, then screw two 2” screws by way of the brace towards the entrance board. Repeat for the opposite entrance brace.

For the Triangle Brace Design #three: Rigorously angle your drill into the triangle nook brace, being cautious NOT to drill by way of the entrance board.

One or two screws in every triangle brace ought to maintain the entrance board securely.

At this level, your braces must be holding each side and the back and front securely, with the entrance board face displaying no proof of screw help. Isn’t that intelligent of you?


Gently sand any floor of your rolling cart that wants it – particularly, the corners, sides, and the cart flooring.

Elevate your rolling cart in preparation for staining/portray/whitewashing. Select the end that works on your type and style! This instance exhibits staining the rolling carts.

This instance makes use of Minwax wooden stain in darkish walnut.

Brush the stain on with a brush.

Wipe off any extra stain each three-5 minutes. (Sooner if you would like a lighter look general, or longer in the event you favor darker stain impact.)

Let stain dry completely.

Whereas the stain in your rolling cart is drying, it’s an ideal time to maneuver on to getting ready your leather-based handles. After enjoying round with the leather-based a bit to see how curved/flat/lengthy/brief you need it, reduce a bit of leather-based to your required size (three items of leather-based are proven on this photograph as a result of I made three rolling carts for this tutorial).

Discover the dimensions of gap punch that may work greatest together with your specific leather-based screws, bolts, or attachment items.

Punch a gap within the leather-based. For those who don’t have a leather-based punch, you can attempt utilizing a drill bit or a screwdriver and hammer. The holes themselves gained’t be seen.

Make sure that your leather-based screws/bolts match snugly into the opening you’ve punched.

Admire your stylish and glossy leather-based handles, however proceed to attend for the wooden stain to dry utterly. It’s onerous to attend however necessary for an exquisite completed product!

When the stain has dried utterly, measure and mark the place you need your handles to be hooked up. Drill the 2 screw/bolt holes within the entrance board of your rolling cart.

Connect the leather-based handles.

Admire your handywork thus far. You’re virtually carried out! Simply want to connect the casters.

Connect your 4 casters on the 4 corners of your rolling cart. Be sure, for those who select to screw into the plywood flooring, that your screw is brief sufficient to not pop via the opposite aspect.

I felt the casters have been safe sufficient with simply three (predrilled) screws positioned into the 2 adjoining aspect boards, so I didn’t even hassle with the fourth screw to safe it to the plywood.

Viola! You’re completed!

This actually is a showstopper, with the wooden stain displaying off the wooden grain, the leather-based handles including a contemporary, modern look, and the casters offering distinctive performance.

You’re able to go discover one thing to retailer beneath the mattress (or couch or desk) now, aren’t you? Excellent news: You’ll be able to!

And also you don’t need to be ashamed if a nook or two peek out from wherever you’ve rolled this storage piece to, as a result of it’s lovely.

We hope you take pleasure in making these DIY rolling storage carts, however greater than that, we hope that they supply distinctive performance and storage in your house and life. Pleased DIYing!

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