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Shed How-To: Corner Storage

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2008


When purchasing wood from a home-supply store or lumberyard, note that the stated, or nominal, measurements will be slightly larger than the actual measurements. (The larger number reflects the presanded size; what you’re buying is already sanded.) For example, a 1-by-2-inch board is actually 3/4 by 1 1/2 inches, and a 1-by-12-inch board is really 3/4 by 11 1/4 inches. We’ve included the nominal measurements in our illustrations and materials list so that you’ll know what to look for when you go shopping.

Corner Storage
A corner bin crafted from a piece of wood cut to fit at an angle holds unwieldy supplies such as bamboo stakes, burlap, hardware cloth, and chicken wire. Bungee cords attached to the wall with screw eyes rein it all in.

This angled wooden bin creates storage space for stakes, long-handled garden tools, rolls of wire mesh, and other garden materials.

Note: We chose to miter the edges of the boards so that they would sit flush against the walls. (You’ll see this reflected in the illustration in the 2 front panels, as well as in the 2 interior edges of the H-shaped piece.) Although this extra step isn’t necessary, the angles make for a cleaner look and allow you to drill screws directly into the wall, eliminating the need for L brackets. (You’ll need 8 more 1 1/2-inch screws, one for each corner on the front panels.) To make these angled cuts, use a table saw.


  • Electric drill

  • Three 1-by-12-inch boards: two cut to 10 1/2 inches wide and 22 1/2 inches long and the remaining one cut to 22 1/2 inches long (for H-shaped piece)

  • Fourteen 1 1/2-inch wood screws

  • Four 2-inch L brackets

  • Sixteen 3/4-inch wood screws (for L brackets)

  • Two 1-by-12-inch boards, both 33 3/4 inches long (for front panels)


  1. Download our corner storage how-to diagram

  2. Predrill 3 holes lengthwise down the center of each 10 1/2-inch-wide board. The top and bottom holes should be 1 inch from the edges; center the third hole. Using three 1 1/2-inch screws, attach the first 10 1/2-inch board to 1 long end of the remaining board. Repeat on the other side. Place in desired corner.

  3. Secure the H-shaped piece to the floor with the 4 L brackets. To attach them, place 2 along the bottom of one 10 1/2-inch-wide board, 1 inch from each end, and secure each bracket with four 3/4-inch screws. Repeat on the other side.

  4. To attach the lower front panel: Situate 1 board flush against the H-shaped piece so both ends of the board touch a wall, as shown in the illustration. Predrill 4 holes in the panel where it meets the H-shaped piece: two 1 inch from the top edge and two 1 inch from the bottom to make a square, as shown in the illustration. Secure the panel to the H-shaped piece using four 1 1/2-inch screws.

  5. To attach the upper front panel: Predrill 4 holes, and insert four 1 1/2-inch screws, following the same method used to secure the lower panel.

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