The Backpack Wall

My kids: drop backpack in center of hallway, proceed to fridge, what even is a homework

I was perusing Pinterest for the meaning of life, aka staying sane and organized while raising three boys. No luck there, but I did find this.

Once my wheels were turning (my husband LOVES it when that happens*), I realized that the corner between my kitchen and family room was four feet of empty, wasted space.

*he does not love it

I measured the space, and sketched out a design with graph paper and *mumbles under breath* PowerPoint, taking into account that daggum outlet. (Whoever thought these cube shelves would be [a] useful for backpacks or [b] attractive after said use was incorrect.) (That’s me, I was incorrect.)

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Here are the supplies I needed:

  • About 2 days, coffee, snacks and a helpful and patient life partner (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1×6″ trim (I used five 48″ pieces)
  • 1×3″ trim (I used five 60″ pieces)
  • Hand or miter saw to cut pieces to length
  • Hooks with screws (I used 3 double “drunk octopus” hooks)
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood screws (2.5″ or long enough to get through your trim, 1/2″ of drywall and into a stud)
  • Drill and small bit (for pilot holes), optional countersink bit
  • Wood putty, putty knife, sandpaper
  • Paint (and various accompanying painty stuffs)
  • Basic tools like a level, measuring tape, stud finder, etc.
  • And we used an oscillating saw to cut off the molding at the edge of our project space:


–> Next, here’s how we built it –>

139 thoughts on “The Backpack Wall

    1. So… Funny story… I actual found those in the SIDE OF THE ROAD. I know, I know. I’ve seen similar ones at Lowe’s, but not those exact ones. (My husband loves this story because he likes to add that I stopped the car because there was a sign that said FREE TRIM on the side of the road.)

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