This simple to build shelf is a great way to decrease the toy clutter by getting your kids’ favorite action figures (in this case, Pokémon) off of the ground and displayed neatly. Both the dimensions and the theme of the shelf can be easily customized to best house the particular action figure collection that’s taken over your home.

Difficulty easy


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Miter saw
    Miter saw
  • Circular saw
    Circular saw
  • Drill/ driver
    Drill/ driver
  • Brad nailer
    Brad nailer
  • Random orbital sander
    Random orbital sander
  • Clamps
  • Tape measure
    Tape measure
  • Drill press (optional)
    Drill press (optional)


Wood Products

  • 1 Board , 3/4” x 3” x 8ft
  • 1 MDF Panel , 1/8” x 2ft x 2ft

Hardware & Supplies

  • 1 Box of 1 ¼ pocket hole screws (see tools list)
  • 1 Box of 1" brad nails
  • 1 Sandpaper
  • 1 Spray paint (in your choice of color)
  • 1 1/8” Clear Acrylic Sheet (optional)
  • 1 Hinges (optional)

Cut List & Parts

  • 2 Shelf sides , 3/4” x 3” x 12
  • 1 Shelf top , 3/4" x 3” x 14”
  • 1 Shelf bottom , 3/4” x 3” x 14”
  • 2 Shelves , 3/4" x 3” x 14”
  • 1 MDF Backer Board , 1/8” x 12” x 15.5”


  • Cut wood

    Cut all shelf boards to size on your miter saw as per cut list or your specific requirements.

  • Sand

    Using a random orbital sander, sand all of your pieces smooth.

  • Drill pocket holes

    Using your favorite Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig (I used the 720PRO) drill 2 holes at each end of your top and bottom pieces as well as your shelves.

  • Paint

    This step can be considered optional, but if you really want the shelf to fit the theme of your kids’ favorite characters, spray paint the individual shelf pieces with the appropriate colors (in this case, red, black, and white).

  • Assemble shelf

    Attach the top and bottom pieces to the side boards using 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Once that’s done, attach your shelves evenly spaced (in this case the shelves are spaced 3.5” apart.

  • Cut MDF backer

    Using your circular saw or table saw, cut your 1/8” MDF backer to fit the back of your shelf. In this case, I cut the backer to 12” x 15-1/2”.

  • Attach MDF backer

    Using a brad nailer and 1” brad nails, attach your MDF backer board to the back of your shelf.

  • Organize

    Have your kids get those action figures off of the ground and organized neatly on their new shelf.