If your children are into the video game craze, chances are you are running out of places to store all of the games and accessories. Regardless of the game system, proper storage of the unit and the games will not only tidy up your living space, but will help ensure that the games are properly stored out of harm's way. Commercial storage units can be costly, but a homemade unit is inexpensive and can provide a custom storage centre designed to meet the specific space requirements of your home.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 2 pieces of plywood, 4 by 4
- 5 pieces of plywood, 6 by 4
- Tape measure
- Wood stain or paint
- Angle bracket
Take measurements. Keep the size of your children in mind when deciding on dimensions; an average size is 4 feet in height, 6 feet in width and 4 inches in depth.
Sand the edges of the plywood that are rough.
Lay out the box frame for the unit. Use 2 of the larger pieces of plywood as the top and bottom of the unit and the 2 smaller pieces as the sides of the unit.
Use the hammer and nails to secure the frame by nailing the boards together in the corners.
Place the tape measure at the bottom inside of one of the side pieces of plywood. Measure up one foot and mark a dot on the board with the pencil.
Continue to use the tape measure to measure up in one foot increments along the side board, marking with the pencil as you go, until you have 3 marks. Repeat for the other side board.
Place the remaining pieces of wood inside the framed box to create the shelves. Align the pieces with the pencil marks.
Use the hammer and nails to secure the shelves by nailing 2 nails into each side of the boards. Repeat for all 3 shelves.
Set the unit upright. Check to make sure that the unit is even and all shelves are level. Inspect the unit for any loose boards and secure with more nails if necessary.
Stain the unit to match any existing wood in the room or paint in your desired colour. Allow the coating to dry thoroughly.
Place the unit in the designated video game area. Use an angle bracket, hammer and nails to secure the storage unit to the wall to prevent injuries.
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