Building A Key Cabinet

What You'll Need
Hand saw or circular saw
Wood screws or nails
Small door hinges
Hooks (metal or plastic)
Labels (paper press-on or plastic label holders with labels)
Screwdriver or variable speed drill with a Philips head bit (hammer if you're using nails)
Sandpaper or electrical sander
Paint lacquer or varnish
Painting tools

Hung on a wall and placed in a prominent location, a key cabinet will provide a place to hang many keys so you can always find them. Follow these steps to build your own in an afternoon.

Step One - Determine the Size of Your Key Cabinet

First, you need to figure out what size of cabinet is best for you. Depending on the number of keys you need to store in the cabinet, choose any size you like. A standard size for a key cabinet would be 13x10 and 3 inches deep.

Step Two - Get Your Wood

Next, calculate how much wood you actually need. If you're using the dimensions mentioned above, you will need a piece of wood that is 32x13 inches. However, it is always a good idea to have extra, so purchase a piece that is slightly larger. Have the hardware store cut the wood to your specifications.

Step Three - Cutting the Wood

Once you have your wood all of the supplies, you can get started cutting the wood. Ensure that you cut your wood as straight as possible so that the pieces will fit neatly and securely together. Using your hand saw or circular saw, cut your wood into the following pieces:

  • 13x10-inches (2 pieces)
  • 13x3-inches (2)
  • 10x3-inches (2)


Step Four - Putting It All Together

Attach the sides, top and bottom together with wood screws or nails. After you have the basic box completed, attach the other 10x13-inch piece of wood to the front using the small door hinges. This will serve as your door. Optionally, you can use a latch or other locking mechanism to secure the key cabinet.

Step Five – Hooks and Labels

Place small hooks on the inside of the cabinet. These will be used to hang the keys inside the cabinet. You can use either small metal screw-in hooks or plastic hooks that have self-adhesive pads.

Apply small labels to the inside of the cabinet, placing them just above the hooks. These will help you identify the keys that will be hanging inside the cabinet. You can use labels that apply directly to the inside of the cabinet, or you can use label holders that have a piece of paper that easily slide out of the holder. The latter type allows you to more easily write on the label or change what it says.

Step Six - Finishing Up

Once you have constructed your key cabinet, sand the edges and finish with a paint, lacquer or varnish of your choice. Attach the cabinet to the wall using 1½-inch wood screws.