As part of one of my course projects I designed and created a piece of furniture to organize and plan my outfits. I have closets full of clothes but I don’t really use all of it all the time. Instead I wear the same outfits over and over in some periods and then I change and use other outfits in other periods. At the same time I have been bothered by “that chair” – you know the one where all the clothes somehow gathers during the week…
My idea was to create a piece of furniture that could do two things:
1. Replace the messy chair with something decorative.
2. Help me in planning my outfits.
The result was STOOR:

A simple piece of furniture that can both help plan and organize outfits, hold accessories and even function as a laundry basket (the box). I decided to create STOOR at home for myself. I ended up changing some small things about it and here is the result:

Below are the steps that I went through (simplified) if you want to make your own.

What You’ll Need:

I went to the hardware store (similar to Bunnings in Australia or Home Depot in the US ) and got all of the materials.
Wood:
Round Wood Dowels with a diameter of 2 cm.
Solid Wood, planks with a thickness of 1.5 cm.
For this project I went for pine, because it was the cheapest option. Ideally, I would have gone for ash.
Assembly:
Pipe fittings with size to match the dowels (2 x 90 degree fittings, 3 x end caps, 3 x Tee Fittings)
L-Shaped Brackets
Finish:
Contact Paper (if you’re not happy with the look of the wood) with the desired finish – I went for Ash
Paint – In your desired color (I went for white)
*All measurements are in cm!
** These are the measurements that I used. Please feel free to use measurements that fit your idea. Just make sure that the fittings and dowels match in size, otherwise you will run into trouble when assembling it.

After thought/ Tip / Idea
You could also put hinges on the top of the box in order to create a box that can actually be opened. I did not think of it before after I had made it. If you want to create a box that can be opened, you should change the measurements of the box so that it will fit between the two vertical dowels. Otherwise the lid will not be able to open properly!
To do this, all you have to do is subtract the width of the round sticks (with these measurements it would be 2×2 cm) from the width of the planks for the box (in stead of 4 x 50 x 40 it would be 4 x 46 x 40)
Okay, let’s get started!

1.

Cut the Wood

I started by measuring and sawing all of the wood, both the dowels and the planks. You can decide which measurements fit your needs the best. I went for:
Dowels:
2 x (2 x 180)
1 x (2 x 46)
2 x (2 x 20)
Plank for Shelf: 1 x (50 x 40)
Planks for Box:
3 x (50 x 40) (4 x (46 x 40) if you want to create a box with a lid)
2 x (47 x 37) (Subtract the thickness of the Wood x 2 – in my case: 1.5 cm x 2)
 These are the materials used to assemble the STOOR

These are all the pieces that you should have for the project (not counting the lid if you want to add that)
All in all you should have 12 different pieces of wood. If you have a proper circular saw or another type of power saw it will be best. I don’t so I had to use a regular saw which is not ideal because it is very hard to saw straight.

2.

Paint or laminate the pieces

When all of the pieces were done, I painted all of them with a white paint. I did have to go back and touch up on the paint after assembling it, because the fittings left black marks however, it is a lot easier to paint them beforehand.
Note: I ended up covering both the shelf and the box with contact paper – so I didn’t have to paint all of it – lesson learned. However, if you want to add contact paper to your project – Do it before assembling it. Simply use the planks to measure and cut the contact paper and then attach it. The only thing you have to consider is when assembling it; lift up the contact paper – insert the screw and then cover it again. This way you won’t be able to see the screws!

Here are the “laminated” planks:

3.

Assemble the box

I assembled the three sides of the box with screws – save the last plan for the back of the box for later. Be careful, especially if you are using pine, as the wood might splinter. Because I would later paint over the screws and put on a wood laminate, I was not that concerned with the placement of the screws. However, if you want to use the bare wood, you should only screw the inner part of the box (the side that is up against the round sticks) and then glue the rest of it with a strong No-nails glue.

4.

Attach the Shelf

I attached the shelf to the dowels with two L-shaped brackets (do you remember the one from Friends where Chandler and Joey are trying to assemble a bookcase and had no idea what the L-Shaped Bracket was for?…)
I first screwed the brackets onto the two dowels and then attached to the shelf. Make sure to level everything! It is very important at this stage, otherwise you might end up with your stuff falling off all the time.

5.

Assemble frame

After attaching the shelf I attached the top bar by attaching the fittings to the two vertical dowels and then attaching the top bar dowel. Remember to add the Tee Fittings for the two smaller side bars before attaching the top bar.

6.

Attach box to the Frame

Then I attached the box to the vertical dowels – you can also see this in the picture from Step 4. I started with the back of the box – attaching it with two screws to the two dowels. Make sure that everything is level. Because I already attached the shelf – the dowels are fixed and it is easier to do.

7.

Attach Side Bars

Lastly, I attached the two small, vertical dowels to each side using the Tee Pipe Fittings.

8.

Touch Up Paint

I went over all the dowels to touch up on the paint and that was it!

I did film the project so I might do a video on it later on, because it is difficult to describe the process in words.. Let me know what you think and if you end up doing something like this 🙂

– Josephine