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How to make your own locker organisers & shelves

Updated March 21, 2017

Lockers can get extremely messy during the school year, especially when students only have so much time to change books in between classes. Instead of keeping their lockers organised, many students resort to throwing their materials in their lockers without taking the time to place things in the right place. With locker shelves and organisers, you can clean up your locker, and make it easier to find things during the rush between classes.

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  1. Measure the inside of your locker with a ruler or tape measure. You'll want to measure from the inside of the door to the back of the locker, as well as from side to side. Write this number down.

  2. Cut two pieces of wood to 13 mm (1/2 inch) smaller than the dimensions of your locker. This will ensure they will fit inside, without any issues.

  3. Cut your dowels about 30 cm (1 foot) tall. You can cut them to 60 cm (2 feet) if you have a full-size locker.

  4. Place cyanoacrylate glue on the top and bottom of your dowels. Lay one of the pieces of wood on the floor and stick the dowels down on the four corners of the wood.

  5. Let dry for a few moments, holding it down to adhere. Place the other piece of wood on top of the dowels.

  6. Place in your locker.


  1. Take a pencil and draw a 45-degree angle from the top centre of the cereal box to about 7 to 13 cm (2 to 3 inches) above the bottom on the side. Repeat on the opposite side, being careful that the two mirror one another.

  2. Cut along the pencil lines, then cut out the side of the box where the lines end.

  3. Paint your cereal box any way you wish. You also can decorate it with rhinestones, stickers or glitter.

  4. Let dry, as directed.

  5. Place in your locker with the open side toward you. Put papers and notebooks in the cereal box. Make as many as you like. To keep better organised, use each cereal box for a separate subject.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Four dowels, 13 to 25 mm (1/2 inch to 1 inch) thick.
  • Cyanoacrylate glue
  • Two pieces of wood, 13 to 25 mm (1/2 inch to 1 inch) thick.
  • Saw
  • Cereal boxes (as many as you'd like)
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Rhinestones (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)

About the Author

Fiona Miller

Writing since 2008, Fiona Miller has taught English in Eastern Europe and also teaches kids in New York schools about the Holocaust. Her work can be found on Overstock.com, ConnectED and various other Web sites. Miller holds a B.A. in French from Chapman University and an M.A. in educational theater from New York University.

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