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Ken and I have been tripping over piles of books for a few weeks now, and instead of leaning toward the obvious solution (purge those books!), we took the fun road: build more shelving! Ken will take any opportunity he can to play with his table saw, so after a day of blueprints, planning and precise measurements, we arrived at the following design:

Building A DIY Cube Shelf - Erin Loechner

The finished product.

Our original hunch was to paint the cubes white and leave a woodgrain backdrop for visual interest, but after Ken finished the first cube with such precision, we wanted his handiwork to shine. I mean, really — look at how beautiful those corners are!

Building A DIY Cube Shelf - Erin Loechner

Exhibit A: I married a perfectionist.

So, we left the premium grade pine untouched, unstained and completely lovely:

Building A DIY Cube Shelf - Erin Loechner

Gah! This wood is gorgeous.

We chose to design a corner unit to exist directly behind my office chair, creating the perfect storage solution for referencing a design book or staring at my [sorely thirsty] terrarium. The result is modular, unexpected and entirely functional.

Building A DIY Cube Shelf - Erin Loechner

A sneak peek of my desk.

The design is a great contrast to our streamlined and modern art shelf we shared a few weeks ago.

Building A DIY Cube Shelf - Erin Loechner

Surprisingly, the cubes offer a great deal of storage.

I’m thrilled to say we’re no longer tripping over books, and our DIY cubes house everything I need to keep my office space organized and inspiring. Three cheers for another successful storage solution!

What about you? How do you keep your office organized? Any tips/tricks to share?

Tell me in the comments below.

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  5. Audrey_1 says:

    Unwanted shoe and plastic boxes also make great modular and customized shelving, particularly as corner storage and shelving for apartments. Pipes can also make kooky shelving units too.

  6. Rachel says:

    I want to build these shelves, but where are the plans??

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