Shelf Mounted Bubble Cubbies




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Need a place for scarves, hats, bags, socks and other stuff? So did I! I live in 360 sqft with my fiance, my 7 year old daughter, a German Shepherd/coyote and an little orange house cat. Space is an obvious issue, but making things work both functionally and aesthetically in a space this small is a major challenge!

-A shelf top board
-X2 shelf brackets
-Shelf hardware (usually 2" screws and wall anchors)
-Tubular cardboard forms (available at home depot in different diameters, I chose 12" & 8")
-1/2 in bolts with washers & matching nuts(you will need one set per side that connects between cubbies, in my case I used 9 sets for 9 connection points)
-1/2 in. wood screws
-Contact paper in wood grain pattern (optional, you could easily leave blank or use paint, newsprint, mosaic it... that would be awesome...)

-Saw (I used a fine blade hand saw but imagine a powers saw with a fine blade would be much faster)
-Sandpaper (to smooth edges after cutting)
-Power drill
-Drill bit one size larger than your connection bolts

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Step 1: Measure Twice, Cut Once.

Measure your preferred depths along the length of the tubes (mine were cut in different sizes divisible by 2, but yours could be all the same size, done randomly, whatever you want!).

Cut them out along the line.

Use sandpaper on edges if they are ragged from the saw.

Get the cut even:
Mark the measurement at 4 or more points around the outside, connect with chalk line or by lining up a string or rubber band to the marks and connecting them together with a pen or pencil. Cut along this line.

Step 2: Make Contact (or Paint, or Paper, or Whatever)

Skip this step if you're leaving your cubbies bare.
Time to make them look cool (or at least alright)!

Measure the perimeter and depth of the tubes. Cut strips of contact paper that are perimeter x depth. For perimeter measurement add an inch or so of overlap just in case, but use exact measurement for depth). Cover the outside of the individually cut cubbies.

Other options include painting, using other types of paper and glue, glitter, fur, shaggy carpeting, whatever! Just be aware that is you make the outside thicker you'll have to compensate with longer bolts.

Step 3: Line 'em Up & Put' Em Together.

Place the cubbies together on the floor to see how you want them to appear on the wall.

When you find the right combination grab your drill and start your first connection hole between two of the cubbies. Proceed to add the first bolt. One-by-one one add your connection points. Drill the hole, add the bolt, and drill the next hole..... Keep building it up. This seems to be the easiest way to get the forms to stay where you want them to be.

*Sometimes drilling a pilot hole for your pilot hole may be nessecary.

Step 4: Assemble Shelf, Add Cubbies.

Hang up your flat shelf as usual allowing space for the cubbies to fit beneath.

Attach cubbies to underside of shelf using 1/2 in screws. And voila!

Step 5: Add Stuff and Enjoy!

You've earned it, you awesome maker, you!

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    3 years ago

    Very clever!


    Reply 3 years ago

    I don't think it could hold more than 10 pounds. I use this to organize my scarves, soft hats and bags.

    Althea MaeH

    3 years ago

    vert cool. i might have to try this.....