DIY Honeycomb Storage Bins

When we moved into our new apartment, I knew I wanted to turn the mudroom into an all-purpose dressing and pet zone. A mudroom and so much more. Staring at the space as it originally was, it just seemed empty and a poor use of the space. It was this sort of odd, little addition that was stuck onto the house. Being a dog momma, I instantly saw it’s potential for being a dog friendly area (dog bed, dog supply storage and puppy wipe down zone)… But I also wanted it to serve as an area to slip off our muddy shoes, keep our outdoor things (think mittens, hats, scarves, sunglasses etc.) but also welcome guests into our house. My #1 priority was to install some sort of storage under the existing shelving to maximize the space on the west facing wall. I looked at traditional shelves and bucket style storage but felt like they didn’t really serve our needs… From this dilemma, came the idea to design and build our own DIY Honeycomb Storage Bins. I saw something online but it wasn’t quite right for the space. Because of a heater in the centre of the space, I needed single file (vertical) shelving unit, not horizontal as I had previously seen.

Row House Nest DIY honeycomb storage bins


Row House Nest DIY honeycomb storage bins

I loved the idea of creating bins so that we could toss our items into the bins where they belong. Dog bin. James bin. Meagan bin. Bike bin… My secret obsessive tendencies were dying at the idea of having some sort of stylish looking storage that would help manage James’ personal item explosions that happen. I like to think of myself as an ideas girl.

Row House Nest DIY honeycomb storage bins

Do I have a woodworking shop? Nope. But my dad sure does. Over the years, my dad has become an incredibly talented woodworker. Honestly, give him the idea and he runs with it. I told my dad about my vision and he helped come up with the design and what we would need to execute it. He spent hours conceiving the dimensions, creating a prototype and making the idea come to life. Thank God for retirement!

Row House Nest DIY honeycomb storage bins

Materials needed for 6 boxes:

-6 pine panels 12″ x 36″ (to make 12 sides) at $10.86 each = $65.16 ** all prices in Canadian Dollars **
– 2 pine panels 20″ x 48″ (6 tops and 6 bottoms) at $28.96 each = $57.92
-1 pine panel 16″ x 48″ (6 fronts) at $19.36 each = $19.36
-1 backing – we used 1/4″ birch board that is called purebond FF VC = $39.38 (like this)
-wood stain and varnish or paint – I used Minwax water based Wood Stain in White Wash Pickling  and this water based clear protective finish from Minwax
Bins pre-stain. So yellow!
Total Cost (including: lumber and stain): approximately $200.00 (cost does not include screws and nails because those are items we already had on hand, and you may too. Cost of lumber may vary). Also, we used ‘best cut’ pine. You could probably reduce your total cost of this project by using lower grade pine.



-Tape measure
-Ruler/straight edge
-Try Square
-Table Saw
-Protractor (for the degree of angle for the side pieces)
-Build a jig for the table saw to cut the angled side pieces (Optional, since 6 were built, this helped to make them all the same)
-Power Sander (Optional)
-Sanding Block and Sandpaper
-Air Compressor and Nail Gun (or just a regular old hammer)
-Wood Glue
-Plastic Wood
-Router with 1/2″ Straight Bit (Optional, depends on how the back is attached)
*If multiple boxes are joined together vertically:
-Power Drill
-Drill Bits
-Screw Driver
White washing with pickle is a total pain in the butt. But I like the end result visually. Would I do it again? Not so sure.
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TOTAL BONUS (but optional if you are talented and have the tools yourself): a really talented dad who likes woodworking and  building stuff for his kids – extremely helpful but not 100% necessary (HEY! Maybe you are skilled and have the means to do it yourself, I do not) but definitely helps a ridiculous amount.
Row House Nest DIY honeycomb storage bins

An approximate rendering of what each individual box would look like was drawn up (see below). My dad tweaked the measurements once he started putting the first one together. It all depends on how much of a ‘mouth’ you want on your storage box. The rendering below gives you the measurements for each box. So basically: do this 3 times (for one ‘set’ of boxes). We made two sets.

storage box rendering


So the long and short of it, lots of measuring (see above for the  breakdown). It might be useful to construct one box first – then use it as a prototype. Although you can’t see it in the images, the bottom left hand box is slightly different than the other 5 for this reason. From there, get sawing.


Nail. Sand. Assemble. And viola. We screwed the boxes together so that they would stay put. Also, if you have small children, you should anchor the boxes to the wall. Since we don’t have small fragile children around, we don’t have to worry about that. We are only storing mostly soft things in the boxes, likes hats, mittens etc., thus the boxes should be fit to be stand alone for the time being.

Row House Nest DIY honeycomb storage bins


Now that the storage bins are completed, I have to decide on a durable entryway rug, one of the those small plastic boot holder things (WHY can’t I remember what they are called?) and hang some hooks in between the storage bins. I have tons in store for this little room including a DIY bench, large scale art on the opposite wall and some curtains to help create a little more privacy around the window. I am also considering making a massive heavy (think dark velvet) style curtain to pull across the whole outside wall to help battle the zero insulation factor going on in here. Although the bins cost more to create than I was hoping I know that I will keep these for years. They can be easy detached and moved elsewhere..And because they were got a protective coat and not wax, they can be easily updated with paint as the years go on. My dad made me a storage cabinet of sorts when I was in undergrad over 13 years ago and I still use it!

Row House Nest DIY honeycomb storage bins


I can’t thank my dad enough for his time, thoughtful contribution and hard work that made this project happen!


Disclaimer: Most of the products mentioned in this blog post were supplied to me by Home Depot via a gift card. That said, all words and opinions are my own. All images are also my own. Thanks to Home Depot for making this project possible! 

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  • Bette @ Somerset Lane

    Those look great, and gives me an idea for storage in our next home.

    • Thanks a lot Bette! I think they are incredibly functional and look pretty darn good too

  • ramblingrenovators

    The bins look great! You got a lot of function out of a challenging space.

    • Thanks so much Jen! That means so much coming from you!

  • Katie Edwards

    I need these for shoes!!! There are 4 people in my familys, and we collectively own a thousand pairs of shoes.

    • A thousand!! HAHA! Thanks for stopping by Katie!

  • Crystal Allen

    This!!! I NEED this!!! One by the front door, one in the playroom, one in the living room! Pinning!

    • Amazing Crystal! Let me know if you do 🙂

  • Great project! So much more usable space by going vertical!

    What were your problems with the pickling stain? I know water based dries super quick, was that it? Did you use a wood conditioner? (sorry for the 20 questions, but I’m doing my whole floor in it!)

    • Hey Kristin!
      Ok so the pickling stain. Because it’s watery and dries so quickly, it was incredibly fickle to work with it! I found that it got EVERYWHERE. On me, on the surrounding area and would sort of pool in the corner (no matter how slow and careful I was). I even watched the Minwax video on how to apply it. The concept of working quickly while doing a good job, didn’t really happen. Additionally, because I used pine and I wanted a whiter white washed (if that makes sense), I basically needed to leave the stain 90% on. If I wiped it all off (as suggested), even a few minutes later, it wasn’t white enough for my liking. I have a feeling that you and I are going for a similar look! I actually read your soap treated floor post too! You gave up on that? I didn’t condition. I didn’t want to spend extra money – it was already a two step treatment plan as is (stain plus varnish). I looked at a few other bloggers who did both methods (with and without conditioner) and decided to cut that corner. Have you decided on wax versus varnish?
      I’ll be watching!

  • bree

    Love these modern geometric storage bins and the white wash that gives it a really natural, raw sort of feel. And what an awesome dad you have!
    My entryway is tiny, narrow and dark (my galley kitchen is only slightly less narrow), so for now I’m resigned to chasing muddy dogs through the house and cramming husband’s junk into an empty drawer in the dining room credenza deemed “the man drawer.” Ugh.

    • Haha Bree! Love your description! Glad ya liked em! What’s your
      Next project?

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