Help keep your family organized and on track with a DIY command center. Using a few supplies, you can easily create a space to simplify your busy life and family schedules.
DIY Command Center Tutorial
By Emma Jeffery
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Plywood precut to 30" x 24"
3.5" wide wood plank precut to 24"
String and picture hanging hardware
3/4" diameter dowel
There are many command center tutorials available, but I wanted to create one that would fit everything my family personally needs. Not only did I want a corkboard to pin up notes, but I needed elements of magnet and chalkboard, plus hooks and a shelf to help hold items like keys and wallets.
I always wanted to create something that was first and foremost functional, but add in my own style with little elements, like a natural wood stain. Try this tutorial for yourself, but feel free to explore. You can add multiple shelves, additional hooks made from different materials, a dry-erase board or anything else that you find useful.
Steps for Making a DIY Command Center
1. Stain plywood and wood plank. For this project, you will need both a wooden base to act as the main command center background, as well as a wooden shelf to adhere to this base. I chose plywood precut to 30" x 24" for my base and a 3.5" wide wood plank precut to 24" for my bottom shelf. After you have selected your wooden pieces, sand the wood with a sanding block if necessary to remove any rough edges. Then, use wood stain and a cloth to stain the plywood sheet and the wooden shelf and allow to dry.
2. Attach the shelf to the plywood. Apply wood glue to the back of the shelf and place on the bottom of the plywood sheet. To fully secure, use the
Fiskars® Precision Hammer and nails to attach the shelf to the plywood from the back.
3. Attach the chalkboard. Now that you have assembled you command center, you can embellish with all the needed extras! Cut your chalkboard vinyl to size using the
Fiskars® PowerCut™ Shears and remove the backing paper to adhere to the plywood.
4. Attach the cork board to the plywood sheet. I used Velcro strips to attach my cork board, but you could also secure with a liquid adhesive.
5. Make hooks for hanging keys. To make sure my command center was functional, I wanted to add a few simple hooks made from a dowel. Place the dowel on your workbench and clamp in place to hold. Measure 2" lengths with the
Fiskars® Tape Measure and cut with the
Fiskars® Precision Saw. Sand the ends of the dowel with a sanding block to remove any rough edges.
6. Attach the hooks to the plywood. On the back of the plywood, measure and mark placement of the hooks. Hammer a nail through each marked point, from the back to the front of the plywood. Apply wood glue to the bottom of each hook and place on the point of each nail and hammer the top of the hook.
7. Add a magnetic strip. This was another feature I added to ensure I had all bases covered! My kids leave me lots of notes and I always have receipts I don’t want to lose, so I needed a place to store little sheets of paper. By adding a magnetic strip, I knew I could pin these to my command center and have everything stored in one spot.
8. Finish the command center. I had a few different spaces in my home I was considering hanging my command center. Think of what will work best for your family – do you enter through a back door? A garage hallway or laundry room? I opted for the back door, but make sure you consider the best place for your end product before committing to mounting. To hang the command center in the location of your choice, attach picture hanging hardware to the back. Use the PowerCut™ Shears to cut the heavy-duty string.