Ana White: How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

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How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

Ana White is a very popular DIY blogger who is all about encouraging people of all skill levels to get a little sawdust in their lives. She has so many excellent and very doable DIY projects on the Ana White blog.

She created this tutorial for a rolling storage cart especially for The Home Depot’s Do-It-Herself Workshops. The cart is quite versatile. It makes a terrific cart for gardening supplies. You might want to use it to organize school supplies in the run up to the first day of school. When the holiday season arrives, you could use it to organize wrapping supplies. There will always be a use for this cart.


When you’re a parent, you have enough things to worry about. The last thing you need is more stuff to add to the mess. Using tools and supplies from The Home Depot, I’ve built this easy and affordable Rolling Storage Cart . Here’s to making storage super stylish!

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart: Ana White with the tools needed for this project

Materials for the Rolling Storage Cart

Tools You’ll Need

* not necessary if you get your lumber cut at The Home Depot

Cut List

  • 4 – 2×4 @ 33”
  • 6 – 2×4 @ 17-1/4”
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood @ 48” x 15-3/4” 6 – 1×3 @ 15-3/4”
  • 6 – 1×3 @ 49-1/2”


DIY Rolling Storage Cart Instructions

Step 1

First, you’ll need to get all your cuts ready. Start by ripping the plywood panel into thirds, each 15-3/4” wide. If you’re using the cart for outdoor purposes, make sure you’re using an outdoor-suitable wood.

DIH Tip: “Rip” means cutting along the grain of the wood.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

If you don’t have a table saw, ask the associates at your Home Depot store to rip the plywood down in size.

Always be sure to sand rough boards before beginning the assembly process.


Step 2

Next, you will build each side by screwing your 17 1/4” 2x4s 16” apart from one another against your 30 1/2” cuts to build up our shelves.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

Make sure you use the 2-1/2” self tapping screws. It’s best to leave the sides with some wiggle room, to make it easier to slide the shelves in.

Use two screws per joint.

DIH Tip: Self-Tapping screw make it easier to drill into surfaces.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

DIH Tip: To make driving screws easier and prevent wood from splitting, pre-drill holes first.


How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart


Step 3

Now that the sides are done, it’s time to get started on the shelves.

Attach your shorter 1×3’s with glue and 1 1/4” finish nails. This is where I used the brad nailer.

This cart can be easily modified to just two shelves – just leave the bottom shelf off!

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

DIH Tip: It’s best to glue from top to bottom to prevent any spillage.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White


Step 4

Next do the same with your longer sides.

Repeat to make all three shelves and your cart is almost ready!

DIH Tip: Always use glue with nails, brads or staples.


Step 5

Now it’s time to put it all together.

Make sure the ladder pieces have the flat side down, and attach the shelves with glue and 2“ wood screws. It’s best to use two screws per shelf end.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

If you’d like to paint or stain your cart make sure to do so before this step! You can customize your cart by painting it any color you, or your family, want!

DIH Tip: If you’re painting or staining your cart, make sure you sand off any excess glue, so that you get smooth coverage.


Step 6

Last, we will attach our caster wheels to the bottom of the cart.

To help the cart steer better, I recommend using fixed wheels on the back and swivel wheels on the front (much like a car steers). You can also leave the wheels off if you don’t want your cart to be mobile.

(See in the photo below how the screws stick to the drill? That’s the “MagTray” of the Ryobi One+ drill I’m using. It’s so convenient for keeping all the screws together and within reach as I work. Any help keeping things organized is a good thing!)


How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

And just like that, your cart is ready to roll!

Scroll down for information on attending a Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshop where you can learn hands-on how to build this rolling storage cart.

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White

How To Build a Rolling Storage Cart by Ana White


This cart project was featured in one of our Do-It-Herself Workshops held at Home Depot stores across the country. 

Click over to our DIH Workshops page for information on upcoming DIH Workshops and to reserve your spot in the next one. (It’s FREE!) 

This DIY rolling storage cart will the DIH Workshop project in August at ALL Home Depot stores, presented by our expert, orange-apron-wearing Home Depot associates.

And take a look at more DIY projects you can do, here on The Home Depot Blog, and follow our DIH Workshops board on Pinterest.




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  1. Guerrina says:

    All signed up at my local HD!!! Two friends and I make it our monthly Girls Night Out – now just hoping they actually do this cart. They, at times, decide to “downsize” the project.

  2. AJ says:


    Did anyone besides me notice that it goes from Step 3 to
    Step 5?

    Wha’ hoppen with Step 4?

    And – I plan to try to make another one that’s smaller and lighter.

    This beastie is great – but i’m old and live alone, so smaller and lighter is what is need.

    thanx for sharing, Ana!

    • Craig Allen says:

      Yikes! You’re right, the step numbers were messed up.

      Thanks for spotting that.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  3. Vicki sutton says:

    What do we need to bring in terms of tools and materials

  4. Ana White says:

    Hi – Ana here!

    One tip, for the shorter ladder pieces (6 – 2×4 @ 17-1/4”
    ), cut them about 1/4″ longer to make it easier to slide the shelves in.

    Good luck building and hope to see you at the workshop!

  5. Jen says:

    If I attend the workshop, will I be responsible for buying my own materials? Wood, screws, casters, etc?

  6. Irma says:

    The cart is lovely! However, it looks really heavy. I would like to know how to make a similar cart that is not as large but more importantly lighter. Any suggestions?

  7. diy projects are very helpful. continue the great work home depot