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Making Wooden Locker Shelves

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Easy to make, wood shelves can add more room and organization to a child's school locker. This is a guide about making wooden locker shelves.
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September 4, 2015

These wooden locker shelves are easy to make and can help add more storage space to your child's school locker.

Supplies:

  • plywood or craft wood, 3/4 in. thick
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • table saw
  • screws
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Steps:

  1. Measure the inside locker dimensions. Cut wood pieces using these dimensions. It is very important to test fit the shelves and make any necessary adjustments. They should fit snuggly into the locker.

    You will need: 1 bottom shelf, 1 top shelf, 2 sides, 2 rails (for middle shelf), and 1 middle shelf.

  2. Once all of the pieces fit properly, sand them to remove any splinters. Note: I predrilled the rails to make it easier to attach them.
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  4. Paint each piece. Sides that won't be visible do not need to be painted.
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  6. Place the bottom shelf into the locker.
  7. Place the 2 sides into the locker.
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  9. Set the top shelf on top of the sides.
  10. Attach one of the rails with screws. Be sure to select screws that will not go all the way through the sides, into the locker metal.
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  12. Slide the shelf into place, then attach the second rail.
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August 19, 2011

Any ideas on how to put small shelves in a school locker?

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

You used to be able to buy plastic shelf units specifially for lockers. The school lockers that I have seen have one shelf near the top, and if you need more storage space, you could use a couple heavy duty magnet type hooks and put a tote bag on each of them. Really all a person needs in their locker is their jacket, school books, etc. You don't need a bunch of personal belongings in them.

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, you can buy small shelves that will fit or you can make them. To make them get light weight boards and cut them as high as you want your shelves. Then cut wood to fit across your locker. Place a board on each side of the inside of the locker then one on top and across. Keep doing this until you have the shelves as high as you want. The beauty of these shelves is that they can be taken down at the end of the school year. No nails or screws or glue.

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

If you can't find any shelves that will fit, you could get some small tension rods, put two horizontally where you want the shelf and lay a piece of wood on them. You could add as many as will fit and remove them very easily. And you can rearrange as needed.

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

You cannot fit a jacket in with school books once you get into highschool I have 6 text books and binders and folders for all 8 classes a jacket wont fit

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