How to Build a Closet Organizer from Scratch

How to Build a Closet Organizer from Scratch

Improve your clothing arrangement with a customized closet organizer. The most common issue with built-in wardrobes or pre-existing closet organizers, is that they limit you in terms of storage space. Nobody knows your clothing arrangement better than you, or how much dedicated space you require for your items. Building your own closet organizer is not only cost-effective, it gives you the freedom to incorporate storage elements, best suited to your clothing collection.

Skill Level: Beginner
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  1. Step 1 Measure the Walls

    Measure the Walls

    Measure the back and side walls to determine the length of the shelf supports. Be sure to deduct 1-1/2 inches from the length of the back-wall shelf-support measurement (the 3/4-inch thickness of each end support).

  2. Step 2 Cut Shelf Supports for Back & Side Walls

    Cut Shelf Supports for Back & Side Walls

    Cut 1x3 shelf supports to fit the back and side walls of the closet. Attach the supports for the top shelf to the walls with their top edges 84-inches above the floor using 8d finish nails driven into the wall studs.

  3. Step 3 Cut Shelf Supports the Bottom Shelf

    Cut Shelf Supports the Bottom Shelf

    Cut the supports for the bottom shelf, and attach them to the wall with their top edges 76-inches above the floor, again using 8d finish nails driven directly into the wall studs.

  4. Step 4 Cut the Two Long Pieces

    Cut the Two Long Pieces

    Cut the two long 11 7/8-inch wide shelves from 3/4-inch plywood. Then cut them to length to fit the width of your closet.

  5. Step 5 Cut the Two Side Pieces

    Cut the Two Side Pieces

    Measure and cut the two 11-7/8x76-inch side pieces for the central shelf unit from 3/4-inch plywood.

  6. Step 6 Cut the Shelves for the Central Unit

    Cut the Shelves for the Central Unit

    Measure and cut the six 11 7/8-inch-square shelves for the central unit from 3/4-inch plywood.

  7. Step 7 Assemble the Central Shelf Unit

    Assemble the Central Shelf Unit

    Assemble the central shelf unit using 6d finish nails. Space the shelves evenly or according to the height of the items you plan to store. Leave the top and bottom of the unit open.

  8. Step 8 Position the Central Shelf Unit

    Position the Central Shelf Unit

    Position the central shelf unit in the middle of the closet.

  9. Step 9 Mark Notched on the Central Shelf Unit

    Mark Notched on the Central Shelf Unit

    Mark notches on the sides of the central shelf unit to fit around the lower shelf's back support, and cut them out with a hand saw.

  10. Step 10 Attach the Shelves

    Attach the Shelves

    Lay one of the long shelves on the lower shelf supports and on top of the central shelf unit. Attach the shelf with 6d finish nails.

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