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DIY: Tack Trunk Plans

| Updated September 26, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Wood

  • Hinges

  • Handles

  • Wheels

  • Screws

  • Screwdriver

  • Paint

Tack trunks are helpful storage containers commonly used at barns and horse shows. The trunks are simple to make and customizable with size and colors. Depending on your needs, the trunks may be large enough to fit a saddle, training tack, and brushes, or small enough to fit in small spaces. If you add wheels and handles to the trunk, it will be easier to transport. After the trunk is complete, decals and logos can be added for personalization.

Determine the size of the trunk.

Cut two pieces of wood in corresponding sizes for the front and back, two of the same size for the sides, and two for the top and bottom.

Use screws to attach the side panels to the front and back at a 90-degree angle along the edges of the wood to form a square.

Use screws to attach the bottom of the trunk to the square formation, creating a cube.

Lay the top of the trunk on the box. Mark where the hinges will be placed. Attach at least two hinges or more to have a secure trunk lid. Screw the hinges onto the top of the trunk lid and the back side of the trunk cube.

Attach wheels to the bottom four corners of the trunk, using heavy-duty wheels that can support the weight of the tack and the trunk.

Use a pencil to mark where the handles will be placed on the sides of the trunk. Attach the handles to the outside of the trunk.

Paint the trunk. Let it dry. Add any desired decals or logos. Add an all-weather protective coating to keep the paint fresh and protect any designs.


  • Consider adding a latch with a lock if you are concerned about safety of your belongings.
    Use the highest quality wood you can afford to create a trunk that is durable and will handle the outdoor elements.