Office Organization: Rolling Shelf Cart

Hi Infarrantly Creative friends! It’s Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs and I’m back to share a simple office storage solution that will help contain those ugly wires and endless amounts of paper and clutter! I don’t know about you, but for me, having a clean and organized office helps me stay motivated and productive! The two biggest sources of clutter in my office are printers and paper.

Today, I’m showing you part 1 of my battle against clutter – how to make a small printer and paper cart. It holds my laser printer and some of the paper and envelopes that I use most often. (part 2 will be a larger credenza to hold my bigger printer and Silhouette Cameo)

 
white and coral printer cart


 

Want to build your own?

Supplies:

(Finished size: 27″ H x 22″ W x 16.5″ D)

1/2″ MDF (1/2 sheet)
1/4″ MDF (1/4 sheet)
Thin trim (8′ long)
Primer / Paint (White – Sherwin Williams, Alabaster, Coral – Behr, Cool Lava (mixed at Sherwin Williams)
4 Casters (White and Gold from Ace Hardware)
1 1/4″ Screws
1/2″ Screws
Orbital Sander / Sandpaper
Drill
Table Saw / Chop Saw (or get pre cut at the home improvement store)

Cut List:

1/2″ MDF

16.5″ x 24″ (x2 for sides)
22″ x 16.5″ (x2  for top + bottom)
21″ x 24″ (back)

1/4″ MDF

21″ x 16 (x3 for shelves)

printer cart diagram

First, we got our MDF pre cut. Most home improvement stores will do a certain amount of cuts for free.

Then we measured the shelf placement and glued the screen molding in place so that the shelf would fit on top – a few inches set back from the front so that it would be less visible. If you’re placing heavier objects on the shelves you may want to add a few screws as well as an extra support on the back.

Use heavy objects, such as books to weigh it down so the glue sets properly.

diy roling shelf cart

Next, start building the box. First, we measured equal spacing for the screws (three per side). When using screws with MDF, it is important to pre-drill and counter sink the holes so that the MDF doesn’t split.

diy office organization

Once the exterior box was built (don’t forget to cut a small hole in the back for the power wire!), we filled the screw holes and crevices with wood filler and sanded once dry. I also slightly rounded the edges with the sander to give the edges a more finished look.

We opted to leave the shelves removable so that I could easily store a taller object later. Either way, it is much easier to paint the shelves outside of the box.

diy office organization cart

I wiped it down with a microfiber cloth and started painting. First I primed with Zinsser Cover Stain – it’s oil based, so durable, but also stinky and a pain to clean up. For the top coat, I painted a two tone effect. I taped off the edge and painted the inside coral first. Then I painted the outside white. 2 coats each.

painting office organization

Once dry, I turned it upside down, marked my caster placement, pre-drilled holes and attached them with 1/2″ screws.

rolling cart caster wheels

Flip it over, insert the shelves and load it up!

 
rolling cart for office organization
 
 

I love how it neatly tucks under my desk, but it would also be great on the side – the casters make it easy to move if needed.

office organization rolling shelf
printer storage in office

My printer recently broke, so I just ordered a white one – I think it will look perfect here!

beautiful home office

This was super simple – only taking about an afternoon. (a little longer taking into account time for the paint to dry)

I hope you’ll give it a try! 

SOURCES // X Leg Desk // Stenciled Wall Panels // DIY Gold Geometric Lamps // Black and White Stripe Chair // Clear Stapler // Clear Tape Dispenser

I’ve been revamping my office. Check out a few of my recent projects.

decorative home office

DIY Gold Geometric Lamps

painting a striped chair
 
pottery barn eagan mirror
 
 
coral dresser
 





Comments

  1. Jeanie Puckett says:

    LOVE your rolling cart organizer. Looks fairly simple to make, but I’m confused (not a new concept for me – haha) by one of the measurements. Your measurement for the back of the cart states 21″ x 16.5″, but from the picture, it looks like the entire back of the cart is covered. Is the measurement correct?
    Thanks so much – I’m sooo happy that I’ve found your site.
    Jeanie

    • sarah m dorsey says:

      Hi Jeanie! Thank you! I just looked over my measurements and the back should be 21″ x 24″. So sorry for the confusion :)

  2. [email protected] says:

    1/4 inch MDF will sag badly, you need something thicker for the shelves.

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