How to Make a Foot Locker

Madeleine Baber

Foot lockers are a great way to store items that don't fit neatly in drawers or are too bulky for them. They afford additional storage space while maintaining a neat and orderly appearance to the room. Making a foot locker is a relatively easy task that requires little building experience and few materials.

The U.S. Army has used foot lockers for storage for many years.
    Make sure you leave one side of the wood unpainted.
  1. Paint one side of each of the pieces of wood your desired color. Lay the wood out to dry, with the unpainted side face down.

  2. Take one 4-foot-by-4-foot piece of wood and lay it so that the unpainted side is face up. Apply wood glue to one of the 2-foot edges of the 4-foot-by-2-foot piece of wood. Place one of the 2-foot-by-2-foot pieces of wood at the edge you just glued, forming a right angle. Make sure the unpainted sides face each other. After the glue has bonded, hammer in four nails, one at each corner, and one six inches from each corner. Repeat this for the other 2-foot-by-2-foot piece of wood on the other side.

  3. Attach two of the remaining larger pieces of wood in the same manner, so that you have a wooden "tub" with all of the unpainted sides facing inward.

  4. wood hinge
  5. Place the two hinges six inches from the corner, on the same side of the open part of the box. Hammer them in, ensuring that they both are facing the same way, which will create the lid for the foot locker.

  6. Set the box on its back, so that the hinges are located on the floor, and nail the remaining piece of wood (the lid) to the hinges. Your foot locker is now complete.