Master Closet System Shoe Cubbies

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A slide in cubby divider for the Master Closet System.  Fits shoes, handbags, and other small accessories.  Uses scraps leftover from the Master Closet System - so you can build this for free!


It's been a few days since we installed our new Master Closet system in our bedroom and yay!  the laundry is STILL all put away!

What a difference good storage can make in housekeeping.  And we are quite excited about knowing exactly what is in our closets, making regular closet cleanings easier and much more likely to happen.  

Perhaps my favorite part of the closet is I finally have a place for shoes! 
A girl has gotta have shoes  :)  Looks like I need to go shopping . . .

Fits the closet system


Shopping List

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

8 - 1x16 @ 6 7/8"

1 - 1x16 @ 32 1/4"
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Start by marking the center board on both sides with the square as shown above. Then use the Kreg Jig™ to drill pocket holes along one edge of all of the shelf boards as shown above. Set your Kreg Jig™ for 3/4" stock. Use glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach the shelves to the center divider.

I highly recommend using the Kreg Jig™ for this application because the cubby unit will not be permanently attached to the closet itself (so you can remove it) and using the Kreg Jig™ will ensure sturdy, square joints.

Step 2

And now just do the other side.

Step 3

And slide into your closet. You could permanently attach the cubby divider with screws or nails, but it's not necessary and gives you greater flexibility with your closet, if for example, your needs change over time.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Thu, 04/21/2011 - 11:40

I really love and need this closet system but am looking for advice on just how to set it up. Our closets have sliding doors, should I take those off and go with a curtain? Plus, on either side of the door we have an additional 2 feet of space. What can I build to put in there and still have easy access and be able to hang?

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:38

I would replace the sliding doors with bi-folding doors. I personally think it looks neat. I tend to think that curtains on anything other than windows looks a bit messy.

Keri Lee

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 21:42

I agree with the other commenter in regards to the bi fold doors, but I disagree that curtains always look sloppy. I think as long as you mount them nicely and keep them clean and ironed, they look great.

Maybe you could install additional shelving to that extra space on the sides. I haven't thought this all the way through, but maybe you could install the shelves so they run from the front to the back. It would look like you turned two bookcases toward each other. I'm not sure how you would incorporate the rest of the closet system, however. If it were my closet, I would probably just extend the hanging rod to the sides and use that space to store my out of season clothing.


Tue, 04/26/2011 - 07:47

I have the same issue in each of my closets. I think it's all going to come down to the numbers and decising in which areas sacrifices can be made to make gains in others. I like the shelving idea and am trying to figure out how to possible tie that in with the master system. I'm sure it can be done, just takes time and patience - two things on which I always run short! LOL

Earle R (not verified)

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 11:20

Sir or madam,

I am building a walk in closet in our basement and need your help.

Please recommend the correct level measurements needed for hanging two bars in a clothes closet for mens shirts.

The area measurements are 54" (W) x 15" (D) x 69 1/4" (H) allowing 3/4" from the concrete floor for underpad and carpet.