Published on April 8th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


A little Trofast experiment

Tobias experiments with an alternative to the Trofast frame. The original is made from solid pine but this could be just a sturdy (since Tobias can stand on top of it). If need some thing cheap to go with the tubs, which cost only $2 – $5, this may fit your budget.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the Trofast plastic tub/drawers, but the $50 – $90 cabinets seemed a bit overpriced. So I knocked together a simple frame out of 1 x 12 to hold some of the drawers.

Instead of routing out tracks for the drawers to slide on like Ikea does (a nice design, but I don’t have a router), I cut strips of 1 x 2, which also reinforce the corners of the open frame. It’s screwed and glued with Gorilla glue, and I can stand on top of it. Total cost of lumber, drawers, fasteners and glue was less than $20.”

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13 Responses to A little Trofast experiment

  1. Lindsey says:

    Can we have the measurements you used? I’m just not very handy so I’m scared to start from scratch.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The tubs are from Ikea.

  3. Hollie says:

    Where do you get the tubs?

  4. allison says:

    where did you find the tubs?????
    Thank you!

  5. Cheap (not trampy!) mom in Boston says:

    This is just the idea I as looking for! Definitely a head slap moment for me! Duh! I’m gonna get some wood this weekend and hop to it!

    Thanks for the GREAT idea!

  6. Perfect! Going to make some of these for sure!

  7. trek says:


  8. Bel says:

    OMG what more can I say! – I have been trying to scrimp and save for these – no I can make them YEAH

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow!! Thank you!! My husband has been toying with the idea of building a “trofast” unit for a while now. This is perfect!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is great! I slapped myself on the head in a “why didn’t I think of that” moment. We have been looking at buying some of these to tame the toy collection, but have been hesitant to spent the money. My husband is really handy and I am going to get him to make some of these this weekend. Thanks so much!

  11. Steve says:

    Looks Good!
    Would it be even better if the top and bottom were attached the other way round?

    i.e. instead of:
    you could do:


  12. Anonymous says:

    I searched half a year for a cheap, used Trofast frame for my daughter. If I knew this possibility a bit earlier I would have saved a lot of time – Great Idea! The next time I will need a frame for the child room I will make this one!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Holy crap! Thank you for doing this! I feel the same way about the Trofast units, but couldn’t figure out how to do this without a router. This is actually doable…it’s simple, but wins as most useful hack I’ve seen here. :)

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