Zoo York

I made this handy stuffed animal zoo for my son’s room. It’s designed for maximum storage in a compact space yet allows a young child access to all their favorite teddies by simply squeezing them through the bars.

The kids think it is super cool.


The frame is pine and the dowels are poplar. (No really, check their FaceBooks…they have lots of friends!)

This one measures 58″h x 22″w x 11″d per customer’s requirements. You can scale to your own needs. Just keep volume in mind before making. Especially don’t make too big or else it’ll always just look empty.

If you have a kid who likes to use tools do yourself a favor and use a Kreg Jig to set up internal pocket holes for the lower hardware so they don’t take the whole thing apart on a rainy day. But I then recommend directly screwing from the outside up top to give it a more “cagey” look.

I simply used a Dremel rotary to hand scrawl “ZOO” up top. I also went over all the edges to smooth them down and then sanded it. No finish. Bonus: room gets a nice, fresh pine scent.

You can buy a similar kit online for about $150 plus shipping that you still have to assemble yourself. This project only cost me about $55 and took me about 1 1/2 hours from raw lumber to finished product.

If you have any questions or comments to let me know!