Closet Organizer

Submitted by kristen on Sun, 02/05/2012 - 10:26

I needed a closet organizer for my daughter's room that could grow and change with her age. Right now it needed to have lots of shelves at her height to hold the massive amount of stuff an 8 year old can accumulate.

Once she transitions out of the toys, I plan on moving the shelves all to one side or the other for shoes, and adding another rod. Another possibility is shoes in the door organizer and 4 sections of hanging clothes...regardless, the end result has options that will grow with her!

I was able to keep the cost of this down because I used all scrap plywood to make the drawers. I did splurge in S4S pine lumber rather than trying to make rougher cuts nice.

On the left door is Ana's Behind Closet Door Storage plan as well :)

Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Kilz No VOC primer, Olympic No VOC paint in semi-gloss (white off-the-shelf tint)
Recommended Skill Level


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Sun, 02/05/2012 - 11:17

I love the idea of the stuffed animals on the door! Those things multiply so fast and get in the way of making the bed - great closet!

Cindy from Indiana (not verified)

Sun, 02/05/2012 - 18:58

Right now DD's room is a blank canvas. One of the first projects (after getting her window in) is to figure out the closet. I think this will be my inspiration!

Looks great!


Sun, 02/05/2012 - 19:25

Thank you! I am loving how organized her whole room is because of the closet being in good shape. And everything has a spot now, so it's easy for her to get it back where it needs to go!

Oh, those stuffed animals. I mentioned to her the idea of paring her collection down and she was horrified at the idea!

In reply to by kristen


Mon, 02/06/2012 - 06:40

A shocking notion. I think there's a box in our storage area with my wife's stuffed animals somewhere. Keep in mind, my wife isn't a 20-something who just moved out of her parents' house. We have a grand-daughter. Stuffed animals are forever. In fact I think one of my nephews still has my teddy bear.


Mon, 02/06/2012 - 09:04 the bottom of the basket where her stuffed animals used to live, were two of mine from when I was little, lol!

But you bring up a good point about forever. I think I need to put a ban on any new ones joining her stuffed animal family from here on out. Pretty soon I'm going to need to add another closet to her room just for those!

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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:32

How did you build and incorporate the drawers?

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Sat, 06/30/2012 - 20:46


Thu, 02/23/2012 - 19:12

The easiest way to do a quick drawer, if you don't know how to do dovetails (and that's a simple skill totally worth learning), is to drill holes through the sides and into the front, and pin it with hardwood dowels. Use a domestic hardwood, you'll be a better dowel and a dimension that matches drills you own. The cheaper white imported dowels don't match any drill diameters that I can find.


Thu, 06/28/2012 - 13:18

I am wanting to add shelves and drawers on a closet and am afraid it will be too big for the space. How wide is your closet?

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Sat, 06/30/2012 - 20:53

Here is the post with the plan mock-up with dimensions:…

It says 65.5" wide on there, and I don't believe I made any changes, so that should be accurate. I think you could get away with having an approximately 46" wide closet. You could have the drawers in the middle and then 12" wide shelves on either side that would fit sweaters, jeans, shoes. If you made them adjustable like mine, then you could really maximize the space in there. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of room in front of the shelves if there is wall there--you want to be able to easily take things in and out.

Good luck!

mrs.T.La Forme

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:49

i just want to say I`m jealous i wish my closet looked like this. cant wait until I`m skilled enough to try it .


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:08

I'm looking forward to doing this to my closet too!! It's a good project to take on once you want to try out drawers for the first time--since it's behind doors, it doesn't have to be perfect. Good luck!