How to Make a DIY Magazine Holder for Your Living Room or Home Office

This project involves making a simple and stylish DIY magazine holder that is perfect for organizing magazines in your living room or home office.

It’s an easy woodworking project that is great for beginner woodworkers.

The full how to build video by Erin Spain can be found at the end of the article.

Design and Structure

The magazine holder features a modern and minimalist design with slatted sides that allow for easy visibility and access to magazines.

The open structure ensures that it fits well in any decor, providing a practical yet elegant solution for magazine storage.

Material Selection

Select a durable and attractive wood such as pine, oak, or maple. Ensure the wood is smooth and free from defects. You will need dowels for the slats and wood for the frame.

Pine is a good choice for its light weight and ease of use.

Building Techniques

Constructing this magazine holder involves several straightforward woodworking techniques:

  1. Cutting the Frame Pieces: Start by cutting the wood for the frame. You will need four pieces for the sides and two pieces for the base. Use a table saw or miter saw to make precise cuts.
  2. Drilling Holes for the Dowels: Measure and mark evenly spaced points along the sides of the frame where the dowels will be inserted. Use a drill to create holes for the dowels. Ensure the holes are evenly spaced and aligned on both sides.
  3. Cutting the Dowels: Cut the dowels to the required length to fit between the sides of the frame. Sand the ends of the dowels to ensure a smooth finish.
  4. Assembling the Frame: Assemble the frame by attaching the sides to the base using wood glue and screws. Make sure the frame is square and stable. Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding.
  5. Inserting the Dowels: Insert the dowels into the pre-drilled holes on one side of the frame, then attach the other side of the frame, securing the dowels in place. Use wood glue to secure the dowels if necessary.
  6. Sanding and Finishing: Sand the entire magazine holder to remove any rough edges and ensure a smooth finish. Apply a wood finish, stain, or paint to protect the wood and enhance its appearance.

Technical Considerations

When making a DIY magazine holder, consider the following technical aspects:

  • Alignment: Ensure the dowel holes are perfectly aligned on both sides of the frame to maintain a straight and sturdy structure.
  • Stability: Make sure the frame is stable and securely assembled to hold the weight of the magazines.
  • Finish: Choose a finish that protects the wood and complements your home decor. A clear varnish or stain can enhance the natural beauty of the wood.

Aesthetic and Practical Appeal

This DIY magazine holder project combines functionality with a sleek, modern design, making it a perfect addition to any living room or home office.

Its open slatted structure provides easy access to magazines while keeping them neatly organized. The simplicity of the design allows it to blend seamlessly with various decor styles.

This project is ideal for beginner woodworkers looking to create a useful and stylish piece. It offers an opportunity to practice basic woodworking skills while producing a functional item that enhances home organization.

So gather your materials and tools, and enjoy the process of making a beautiful DIY magazine holder.

Full How-To Video