How to build a knee wall storage dresser

Knee Wall Storage

Are you in need of more storage but don’t have the space for an additional piece of furniture? Perhaps a knee wall dresser is an answer! It won’t eat up any of your floor space as you will be taking advantage of an awkward wall space that normally doesn’t get much use anyway.

Building a knee-wall dresser is a great way of making use of these awkward areas in your house when you’re looking for extra storage space. You just recess the dresser into a knee wall of a room and voila! – you have full-sized storage space!

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Now some of you might be wondering what a knee wall is. Well, it’s the low and short wall located beneath roof rafters, usually found in attics or top floor rooms. It is typically framed with 4 feet tall 2×4’s and is simply covered with drywall material.

One thing to take note of, however, is that they’re usually not load-bearing sections of the house. So if you would like to build a knee wall storage dresser, make sure to consult an engineer or licensed contractor first.

Knee Wall Storage

Not every house has a knee wall, but if you’ve got this awkward space in your home then you can take advantage of it with this DIY storage idea!

Do you have a knee wall at home that you could turn into a valuable storage space?


  • 2×4 Timber
  • Dresser
  • Decorative Trim
  • 2″ Wood Screws
  • Nails
  • Wood Finish
  • Paint


  • Measuring Tape
  • Handsaw / Circular Saw
  • Hammer
  • Paintbrush
  • Spirit Level
  • Drywall Saw
  • Pencil Marker
  • Cordless Drill

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Thanks to This Old House for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here



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