Making Wooden Locker Shelves

Gold Post Medal for All Time! 899 Posts
September 4, 2015

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



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


  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. Wooden Locker Shelves
  3. 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.
  4. Wooden Locker Shelves
    Wooden Locker Shelves
  5. Paint each piece. Sides that won't be visible do not need to be painted.
  6. Wooden Locker Shelves

  7. Place the bottom shelf into the locker.
  8. Wooden Locker Shelves
  9. Place the 2 sides into the locker.
  10. Wooden Locker Shelves
  11. Set the top shelf on top of the sides.
  12. Wooden Locker Shelves
  13. 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.
  14. Wooden Locker Shelves

  15. Slide the shelf into place, then attach the second rail.
  16. Wooden Locker Shelves

2 Questions

Here are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community.

August 19, 2011

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


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.


Silver Feedback Medal for All Time! 450 Feedbacks
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.

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.

May 2, 20210 found this helpful

I own lockers and I store many things in them. I need lots of shelves.

Answer this Question
In This Page
Organizing StorageSeptember 14, 2015
Mother's Day Ideas!
Father's Day Ideas!
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2024-04-21 02:20:42 in 7 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2024 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.