DIY Utility Cart – an ancient practical device. A modern redesign.
Utility carts - those things everyone we all need, but don’t have.
Well, now you can have one too! Our DIY utility cart design is super simple to build, and a joy to use. The durable 3/4 “ PVC frame is sturdy enough for most backyard projects, and the large wheels and heavy-duty steel axles can handle most terrain.
Going shopping? Take our cart with you – or ride in it yourself.
Ideal for: gardening, landscaping, home projects, families, moving, and more.
Ready to build your own? Great! Just check out the DIY build guide and diagrams below to get started.
A note before starting.
Please understand - the below diagrams are genuinely and carefully designed to help you navigate the build process. However, we don’t include specific recommendations for which tools, hardware, and products to use, and so on. These truly are “DIY” designs.
We do, however, have a few generic recommendations for working with PVC.
Ready to build yours?
First up: the wheel assemblies (x2).
Each wheel assembly for your utility cart has five parts.
Using the diagram above, gather the relevant parts (x4), and then go ahead and build each wheel assembly as pictured.
Once you’re done, feel free to set the finished wheel assemblies aside until the last step. This will also give any cement or glue you’ve used time to cure.
Next: the first part of your base frame.
For this step, you’ll probably want to construct your base frame in “halves.” This way, you can make each “half” first, and then just connect them together with your 20.58” tubes.
Following the diagram above, build one half of this base frame, and then the next.
When you’ve connected them, go ahead and set this finished frame aside until later.
The bottom frame: Part 2
You’ll want to make this assembly just like you made the previous bottom one.
First, use the diagram above to gather the necessary pieces. Then, build the rest of your bottom frame in two “halves,” joining them together with 20.58” tubes.
Next up: your rear side frames (x2)
Please note: you’ll be building two of the assembly shown in the diagram above (one for each side of your cart). So, go ahead and grab two of everything shown in the picture.
Also, you might want to assemble these from the bottom up in “thirds.” In other words: it might be easier to assemble the bottom rung of parts, then the middle rung, then the top; and then connect the bottom to the middle/top using your 11” tubes.
Note: please make sure to orient all your “tee” joints and elbows in the proper direction before permanently affixing them!
Once you have two fully finished rear side frames, you can set them aside until you’re ready to fully assemble your cart.
Now, it’s time to build your front side frames (x2).
Again: you’ll be building two of the assembly shown in the diagram above (one for each side of your cart). So, go ahead and grab two of everything shown in the picture.
Then, using the diagram above, go ahead and connect everything as pictured.
Note: again, please make sure to orient all your “tee” joints and elbows in the proper direction before permanently affixing them!
Once you have two fully finished front side frames, you can set them aside until you’re ready to fully assemble your cart.
And now: it’s time to make your push handle (the back frame).
For this step, go ahead and assemble all the parts as shown, making sure to properly orient your “tee” joints directly to the front.
You just need a front frame.
For this step, you might want to assemble both “sides” of your frame first, and then just connect them using 20.58” tubes, as shown.
Then: assemble your cart.
Using the 3D model or pictures as a reference, just attach each finished module of your cart until it’s complete.
Once you’re done, take the time to ensure any fixture materials (cement/glue) are dry before moving on to assembling your entire cart.
And that’s it!
We hope your new cart will do as much work for you as you’ve done for it.