Room Divider Closet

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Step by step tutorial on how to build a room divider closet using basic tools and off the shelf plywood, paneling, and trim.  Free plans by

Do you have a large bedroom that needs a closet?  But don't want a permanent wall?  

Our oldest daughter recently claimed the attic bonus room for her bedroom.  But there is no closet, and the ceilings are slanted, limiting the closet options.  The room is plenty big though - and I kept thinking - there's ample space ... I just had to come up with the right solution.  After racking my brain, it finally came to me! 

We need a room divider closet, a semi permanent thing that is pretty on one side, and messy closet on the other.  

After about $150 in materials we came up with this -


It turned out really great, and we love how accessible the closet is, but you can't see the mess.  It's such a great addition to the awkward space. 

We are excited to share with you how we built it.  Here's the basic steps (and the plans are below, just scroll down)

We ripped plywood into strips and built two closet towers - 

And then we screwed 2x4s between the towers -

Then we nailed paneling to the back edges of the closet towers and the 2x4s -

Then we painted ...

And added some trim ...

Looks pretty!  It will be a great accent wall or spot for a bookshelf or dresser or desk.

But what we love the most is the closet on the back side!  It is so easy to walk in and find clothes, but hidden so you don't have to keep your closet perfectly tidy all the time.

If you are up for building, do watch the video - there's lots more details -

And the plans are below.  I made the plans exactly as you see in the photos, but of course, you should modify to fit your needs and space.



We built our room divider closet 8' wide by just under 8' tall (so it fits under the ceiling barely)


Shopping List

2 - 4x8 sheets of 3/4" plywood, ripped into 6 strips 11-3/4" wide x 8 feet long (You'll have half a sheet leftover, you can add shelving over the closet rod or use on another project)

2 - 4x8 sheets of wall paneling - make sure the wall paneling is 48" wide or you will need to trim down to fit

2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long

5 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

5 - 2x4 @ stud length or 8 foot (whatever is cheaper)

61" closet rod and sockets (or make your own as we did in the video)

We constructed the towers with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws but you can also use 2" brad nails or 2" self tapping screws (you'll need about 50 fasteners total for the two towers as shown)

 You'll need about 20 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws (try SPAX or similar) for attaching the 2x4s on the back

Panel nails or brads for attaching the paneling

1-1/4" brad nails for attaching the 1x4 and 1x3 trim pieces

Cut List


4 - 3/4" plywood @ 11-3/4" x 95" - tower sides - cut to fit height of your ceilings minus at least 1/2" for clearance

12 - 3/4" plywood @ 11-3/4" x 15-3/4" - tower shelves

5 - 2x4 @ 61-1/2" 

2 - 1x4 @ 96"

5 - 1x3 - cut to fit in place


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer


Step 1

Build two towers with your choice of joinery.  We used a Kreg Jig on the 3/4" setting with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, two screws per joint.

Step 2

Attach the two towers together with 2x4s on the back, flush to the back side.

Step 3

Attach paneling with panel nails or fasteners that work with your materials to the 2x4s and back edges of the towers.

Step 4

Cut the 1x4 top and bottom trim first and nail on with 1-1/4" brad nails.

Measure and cut the vertical 1x3 trim pieces and nail to the 2x4s and back edges of towers with 1-1/4" brad nails.

Hang closet rod on inside of closet.




Tue, 03/30/2021 - 09:11

I am building one in my bedroom which is in sore need of a bigger closet. I'll post pics when it's complete. Thanks for the great idea!!