DIY Linen Tower – Free Plans

When I remodeled my bathroom I had my heart set on this beautiful gray base and marble top vanity from Wayfair.  The only problem was that it wasn’t quite long enough to fill our wall and left a pretty large gap in between the vanity and the wall.  I decided to build my own linen tower to not only fill the gap but also provide some much-needed extra storage for my toiletries. 

I just love the way that it turned out.  The baskets hide away the ugly stuff that I don’t want to see everyday and the shelves are fun to decorate and change-up from time to time. 

I put together detailed woodworking plans so that you can build the linen tower too.

This is a fairly easy build and a great starter project for anyone that is just getting into woodworking.  It requires very few materials and only straight cuts.  Here is what you’ll need to make this on your own!

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How to Build a Linen Tower – Woodworking Plans

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Tools

Pocket hole jig

Drill

Miter saw

Clamps

Tap measure

Pencil

Ear protection

Eye protection

Materials

(7) – 2×2 x 8′ boards

(2) – 1×8 x 8′ boards

(119) – Pocket hole screws

Wood glue

Wood filler

Sand paper

Stain

Polyurethane

Baskets (Optional)

Now that you know what you’ll need to complete the project, let’s talk about how easy this linen tower is to build.  I designed it to fit 14″ L x 12″ W x 10″ H baskets that I purchased from Meijer. 

I’ll be honest with you… I designed it for baskets because I’m dreading my first project that requires me to build drawers 😉  One day I’ll tackle drawers but for now I’m content with the baskets.  Plus, I think the baskets add a nice touch to this project that drawers could never accomplish. 

Just to note, Meijer is a regional store so I’m sure that not everyone has access to these specific baskets.  That said, there are several alternatives that I found on Amazon that would fit very nicely.  You could also modify the plans to fit your specific baskets or space needs.

Linen Tower Build Plans

Cut List

linen tower build plans

In just 5 steps, you can have this linen tower constructed in no time.

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Step 1.

First, drill pocket holes into 1×8 shelf boards

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Then, use pocket hole screws to attach two 1×8 boards together for each of the (6) shelves

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Step 2

Drill pocket holes into the 2×2 front and back supports for each of the (6) shelves

linen tower build plans

Then, use pocket hole screws to attach the 2×2 front and back supports to the 1×8 shelves for each of the (6) shelves.

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Step 3

Drill pocket holes into the 2×2 side supports for each of the (6) shelves

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Then, use pocket hole screws to attach the 2×2 side boards to the 1×8 shelves for each of the (6) shelves.

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Step 4

Use pocket hole screws to attach the top shelf to the four legs

Step 5

Use pocket hole screws to attach the remaining (5) shelves to the four legs spacing them each 11″ apart.

Finishing the Linen Tower

Once you’ve built the tower, you’ll want to apply wood filler where needed.  Be sure to use stainable wood filler if you plan to stain your tower.  Then, sand it  with 120 grit followed by 220 grit sand paper.  Next, apply the stain and polyurethane of your choice.  I’ve linked what I used below if you want to match the finish that I applied. I applied one coat of stain and 3 coats of polyurethane with a light sanding using 220 grit between each coat of polyurethane.

Minwax Early American Stain

Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Clear Finish Semi-Gloss

Here are a few photos of the finished linen tower – baskets and all.

Happy building friends!  I hope that you enjoy this tower as much as I do.

Also, if you have any recommendations on how to organize the plans better I’m all ears.

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16 Comments

  1. This is such a great DIY project! I found you from the Embracing Change link party and I can’t wait to look around your blog. I’m definitely pinning this to my DIY board. 🙂 So fun!

    1. Thanks Teresa! I just checked out your website and it is AMAZING! I’ll definitely connect on pinterest to keep up with all of the cool stuff that you’re doing.

    1. Hi Henry. Your kreg jig comes with a guide but it’ll be a mixture of 2-1/2″ and 1-1/4″ screws. The 2-1/2″ screws are used on the 2×2’s and the 1-1/4″ screws are used on the 1×8 boards.

    1. Definitely. I’d still put some supports on the sides though so that it’s stable. You could do two side supports a few inches from the bottom and just leave them off the front (and back if needed) so that you can slide the basket in.

  2. Thanks for this cool project. I have been looking for something like this to add to my bathroom and I happened to find you. This is a great project. I am not a DIY’er but my husband makes stuff and I’m gonna ask him to make this for me😊 It’s not gonna be soon but I will definitely post pictures.

  3. Hi Hannah, I was wondering what modifications you would do if if one wanted to put wheels on this project, would you attach it to a larger decking? If so, how large would you say the decking would need to be to provide enough stability? I was thinking of creating a deck using pieces of plywood

  4. Great idea, I’m about to redo my bathroom and need more storage, this is just what I was looking for. Have small space and this will fit nicely. Thanks

    1. Thanks Leah. 2 boards matched the dimensions that I needed perfectly but it could easily be modified for a single board. Or you could use plywood and cut to size. I’m just not a fan of stained plywood.

  5. What an amazing transformation! This shelf turned out so beautiful. I am setting a goal to do a couple home improvement projects this year. I think we are going to start out with some kitchen cabinet painting. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful ideas! You are so inspiring!

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