How to Build a Guitar Storage Cabinet

Updated July 20, 2017

Do you have a few guitars and want to build a small storage cabinet for them? This article walks you through step-by-step instructions on building a 4-foot-tall cabinet with five individual guitar compartments. All that is needed in accomplishing this task are a few basic carpentry tools, hardware and wood.

Start by measuring and drawing all the pieces for your cabinet on the plywood ensuring minimal waste. For the top and bottom, you need two 2 1/2-foot square pieces.

Draw out six 2 1/2-foot by 3-foot 11-inch pieces using the plywood. Two are the sides of the cabinet and four are for the compartment dividers inside.

Draw a 2 1/2-foot by 4-foot piece for the back of the cabinet.

Draw out a 2 1/2-foot by 3-foot 11 1/2-inch door for the cabinet, if you want one.

Cut all pieces out and sand the rough edges off them. Apply wood stain or paint and allow to dry.

Gather the top, bottom and two side pieces. Stand the square top and bottom pieces on edge parallel to each other 4 feet apart. Place the two side pieces on a 3-foot 11-inch edge between them forming a rectangle. Equally space out four screws along each end of the top and bottom pieces and drive them through both pieces into the sides.

Lay the 2 1/2-foot by 4-foot back piece over the frame and line it up. Drive screws every 6 inches down through it all the way around the edge into the frame.

Stand the finished portion of the cabinet up to install the four dividers. Stand the dividers up on a 2 1/2-foot edge and equally space them between the sides inside the cabinet so you have five compartments. Drive four screws through the top and six through the back of the cabinet into each divider. Lay the cabinet on the back to screw up from the bottom, too.

Attach the door onto the front of the cabinet with hinges, if you made one. Line it up even with the top of the cabinet so the 1/2-inch space is on the bottom of the door. The space allows the door to freely swing if the cabinet is placed on carpet.


Line the compartments with a soft material to help protect the guitars. An inexpensive carpet is an option. To install the material, cut pieces using the compartment dimensions and use an industrial-strength glue to attach it to the sides of each compartment.


Be cautious when using power tools. Make sure your fingers are a safe distance away when cutting with the circular saw

Things You'll Need

  • 5 to 6 1/2-inch-thick pieces of 4-foot by 8-foot high-quality smooth-finish plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Sander
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Box of 50 1-inch wood screws
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