No Paint Horizontal Closet Organizer

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:56
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Easy to reach shelving and hanging rod make this closet 

What is worse than piles of dirty laundry?

I'd have to say piles of clean laundry with no closet to put it all away.  Then it gets mixed up with the dirty laundry, and you end up with twice as big piles of laundry that you have to treat as dirty laundry.  You know what I'm talking about here.

We've recently moved into the new house, and first up, I insisted that we have one working closet in the house.  

We've done lots of closets in the past, but this time, I got a little crazy and ditched the vertical organizer.

Yep, we went all horizontal on this closet. 

And this is why -

No more bending down low to reach a bottom shelf.  Or reaching up high to hang clothes.  And it's easy to fold and put away jeans at the perfect height.

We did lose about 2-1/2 feet of closet rod storage, trading it for 8 feet of shelving space at an easy to reach height.  

This is for a 5 foot wide closet opening (6 feet interior closet width).  If your closet is a different width it will affect your storage solution, both vertically and horizontally.

I'm so glad we went with the horizontal closet.  We love how functional and easy to reach everything is, and love the extra shelving storage for folded clothes and baskets for socks and underwear.  

Another crazy thing we did with this closet organizer was build it with melamine shelving.

No painting or finishing required, no plywood ripping, and all about the same cost as plywood! Who knew melamine shelving could look so good?

We are excited to share the step by step build process and plan diagram over at Ryobi Nation.  Do pop over and grab them now!

Have a wonderful day!








PS - If a vertical closet is the right size for you, we've got the perfect one sheet of plywood plan right here (you can also use three 15-1/2" x 97" long melamine shelving boards)



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Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
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Thu, 04/19/2018 - 06:27

Love this plan.  I'm curious though, at what height did you hang the entire unit or what hanging length do you have from that bar?  Looks like at that height there is enough room to store some short tubs on the ground underneath which is what I need to do. 


Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:42

Fair warning, I am horrible at math and measurements. I was looking over your build list and it says we need 7 15-3/4" melamine shelf boards @ 31.5". What is the 31.5" inches? I am finding 15 3/4 boards but nothing about 31.5" I was thinking everything on your materials list with the "@" meant the cut?!? Sorry if this is dumb question.