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Basket Rack How-To




Each family member gets a woven storage basket and a trio of Shaker-style pegs. Two sizes of wooden brackets support the long shelves. The top set, turned upside down, forms cubicles for the baskets; the larger bottom set frames four poplar boards fitted with the pegs. 


  • Five 11-inch Ikea Valter Brackets (for the top)
  • 2 1/2-inch No. 8 drywall screws
  • Drill
  • Four 16-inch 1-by-10s
  • Construction adhesive
  • Hammer
  • 6D nails
  • 5-foot-10-inch-long poplar or pine 1-by-10
  • 1-inch No. 8 wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • 1 1/2-inch brads
  • One 5-foot-11-inch-long piece of 5/8-inch half-round molding
  • Two 9 1/2-inch pieces of 5/8-inch half-round molding
  • Five 7-inch Ikea Valter Brackets (for the bottom)
  • Two 5-foot-11 1/2-inch-long poplar or pine 1-by-2s
  • Two 9 1/4-inch-long poplar or pine 1-by-2s
  • 6-foot-2-inch-long poplar or pine 1-by-12
  • One 6-foot-3/8-inch piece of 5/8-inch half-round molding
  • Two 9 5/8-inch pieces of 5/8-inch half-round molding
  • One 6-foot-3/8-inch piece of 5/8-inch quarter-round molding
  • Two 9-inch pieces 5/8-inch quarter-round molding
  • Twelve 3-inch wooden pegs
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint


  1. Step 1

    Mount the 11-inch brackets on the wall 16 inches apart using 2 1/2-inch No. 8 drywall screws (if the wall studs are not 16 inches apart, use an anchor appropriate for the wall). Using a 1/2-inch drill bit, drill three evenly spaced holes in each of the 16-inch 1-by-10s, for the pegs. Use construction adhesive and nails to attach the 1-by-10s to the wall in between the brackets.

  2. Step 2

    Place the 5-foot-10-inch-long 1-by-10 on top of the brackets, and secure with 1-inch No. 8 wood screws (2 per bracket). Using wood glue and 1 1/2-inch brads, attach the half-round moldings to the 1-by-10. Use the 5-foot-11-inch half-round for the front and the 9 1/2-inch pieces for the sides (mitering the front corners).

  3. Step 3

    Place each 7-inch bracket on its long side and backward on top of the 1-by-10, so the brackets are aligned from the front and sides with the 11-inch brackets (as shown). Attach with 1-inch No. 8 wood screws.

  4. Step 4

    Attach a 5-foot-11 1/2-inch 1-by-2 to the wall using 2 1/2-inch No. 8 drywall screws every 16 inches (if the wall studs are not 16 inches apart, use an appropriate anchor for the wall) so the top is aligned with the top of the bracket. Attach the other long 1-by-2 to the front of the top brackets at the front of the unit, and attach the 9 1/4-inch 1-by-2s to the sides to hide the ends.

  5. Step 5

    Place the 6-foot-2-inch 1-by-12 board on top of the 1-by-2s, and attach using 1-inch No. 8 wood screws. Using wood glue and 1 1/2-inch brads, attach half-round moldings to the 1-by-12. Use the 6-foot-3/8-inch half round on the long side and the 9 5/8-inch for the sides (mitering the front corners).

  6. Step 6

    Wrap the seam where the 1-by-2s are attached to the top board with the quarter-round molding using wood glue and 1 1/2-inch brads. Attach pegs with wood glue. Fill any holes; sand surfaces, and prime and paint.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2004



Reviews (8)

  • amsjost 12 Apr, 2013

    I would strongly suggest having your lumber yard (or whoever cuts the wood for you) to look this over. The measurements aren't quite accurate - especially if you are unable to buy 'exactly' what's listed above. We had to make a lot of adjustments including cutting at least 6 pieces of the wood smaller. We made it work though. I'm thankful for my handy dad.

  • dm5692 9 Jan, 2013

    i love it! but i think i would have to cut it in half to fit my area!

  • timcost 8 Mar, 2010

    I'm thinking of trying this project this weekend. Any tips from people that have done it already would be appreciated. one question ... all the molding in the parts list are 5/8 inch. This seems like a typo. Is it correct?

  • zinnia11 2 Mar, 2010

    when u choose the wood for this project, make sure the size is true. Some lumber isn't truely as wide as it says it is at the store. Ask for dimensional lumber.

  • DarkRavyn 12 Jun, 2009

    rht, you should try your local hardware store or garden center for brackets! I am sure that you will find them in abundance!

  • rht 17 May, 2008

    I love the Basket rack, however, the Ikea brackets are not available online and I'm nowhere near an Ikea store. I wish we'd been given either a source for the brackets, or an item that is readliy available.

  • girlsgirlsgirlsgirls 13 Feb, 2008

    This is what I have been looking for to store my four girls book bags and stuff! This will certainly be my husbands project this weekend!

  • thecutecanadian 12 Jan, 2008

    I'l love to see the video on how to do this one