How to Build Pigeon Hole Shelving Units

What You'll Need
Measuring instrument
Wood putty

Pigeon hole shelving units are ideal for adding storage space. Such shelving units are made up of several rows and columns which make up a number of ‘boxes’ to store in at each intersection. These compartments make identification of the items stored in them much easier. They can be used in a variety of circumstances such as for retail outlets, mailrooms, desks, shoes storage and kitchens amongst others. It is a good idea to learn how to build pigeon hole shelving units as they can be used for several particular uses and you can easily make them customizable according to your needs and preferences. 

Step 1 - Dimensions

Decide on the dimensions of your shelving unit. This depends mostly on the type of items you intend to store inside the pigeon holes. The room and space you have available and where you shall be placing the unit will also play an important part in this decision.

Step 2 - Material and Cost Considerations

Make up your mind on what type of material you will use to make your pigeon hole shelves. The most common material is obviously wood, although there are other options such as steel or metal. In this case we will focus on using wood though, and you should obviously select the type of wood such as pine, oak, fiberboard etc, according to your budget.

Step 3 - Purchase the Materials

Purchase the wood according to the measurements you decided upon, and also the other tools and materials you will require. Decide whether you will ask someone to cut the wood for you according to your dimensions, or whether you are able to cut them out yourself. In such a case make sure that you pay attention for some safety measures such as goggles and gloves.

Step 4 - Assembling into Box Shapes and Painting

Now that you have all the wood planks cut out, fix them up in box shapes in order to set up your pigeon hole shelving unit. However, prior to doing this, if you wish to paint up your unit in a particular color this is the ideal time. So, in case you opt to paint it up simply use paint and a paintbrush to paint the planks of wood before attaching them in box shapes, as it would be much easier to paint up all the edges and it would ensure a better result.

Once you finish up your painting job you can then move to fixing the top and bottom parts of each compartment to the corresponding sides in order to give it the box shape. This is best done by means of screws rather than nails. Make sure to do so in precise right angles.

Step 5 - Use Some Wood Putty

It is best to make use of some wood putty to the holes where the screws are set so as to have smoother results. If you had opted to paint the wood you may also wish to give a last coating of paint in order to hide the screws.

Step 6 - Set Up as a Unit

Assemble all the compartments into a unit. Start by attaching the bottom pigeon hole parts to a metal supporting plank fixed to the wooden base. Then move onto fixing the top compartments, and finally the middle ones.

By following these relatively simple steps you can make your own pigeon hole shelving unit according to your tastes and preferences. It should be much cheaper and surely more customizable.