Simple Closet Organizer

Difficulty
Beginner
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About Project

Closet organizers can be so expensive, or are often made of particle board. Yet they are so easy to build and customize to your needs. This is a large closet organizer, suitable for dividing up closet space.

As I was looking through our Community for inspiration (thanks Leah!) for today's plan (as paint dries on some of the "surprises" for the next few weeks  :)  ) and came across a request for a closet organizing system, it took me back to the days before I was comfortable with a drill.  And I assembled a closet system from out of the box like this one and considered it a major accomplishment.  And it WAS.  It took me hours to build it.  Yes, build.  With an allen wrench and instructions, but it was still building

And I spent hundreds on what is essentially just a bookcase made of particle board.  The inside wasn't even finished.

Today's plan is really straight forward and boring, not like Grace's closet (click for plans)

Built by Kristin - wow!  And BTW, Kristin, if you are reading this, I just gotta know what beautiful shade of pink that is?  It seems to have a calm gray undertone.  Love it!

Anyway, really boring - but so necessary.

I'd like to add more components to the closet system, but starting with this is perfect.  We have this system in our master bedroom closet (ha ha master right, it's four feet wide and behind the main door) and it holds so many things!  And I'm quite fond of the open design - makes for staking the Rams pants quite easy!  I use baskets for socks and underwear.

Dimensions
Dimensions are shown above. Customizable to suite your needs.

Preparation

Shopping List

2 – Sheets of 3/4″ Particle Board (closet grade) or MDF or A1 plywood cut into 15 1/2″ wide strips, 8 feet long
You could also use closet shelving in any width as a substitute (for example 20″ wide shelves for a 20″ deep shelving system)
1 sheet 1/4″ plywood or MDF
1 – 1×2 26″ long
2″ screws
2″ finish nails

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×16 @ 82 1/2″ (Sides)
6-1×16 @ 25 1/2″ (Shelves)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 82 1/2″ x 27″ (Back)
1 – 1×3 @ 25 1/2″ (Footer)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Build the Box

Mark the sides as shown in the diagram. Then either drill pocket holes in all the shelves and screw the shelves to the sides or predrill holes in the sides and screw the sides to the shelves. Use glue and adjust for square.

Step 2

Back

Attach the back to the box with finish nails and glue. Make sure you nail into all the shelves too for added strength and support.

Step 3

Footer

Glue and nail the 1×3 footer to the base of the shelf. Inset the footer slightly as shown in the photo.

Assembly

Position the unit in the closet. Attach to a stud in the wall behind the closet using L brackets. If a stud is not in the right position, use drywall anchors to secure the shelf to the back of the closet.

Step 4

Closet Rods and Shelves

Now here is the sweet spot. With your scrap pieces of 1×16 leftover, you can build additional shelves in your closet! Simple use 1 1/4″ screws to screw a scrap piece of 1×3 to the side of the closet and in the same position on the side of the interior closet wall (or as shown above for a freestanding application, another closet shelf) and then lay a shelf on top! Screw down, and add a closet rod below.

Step 5

Step 6

And putting up closet rods is both easy ans attractive (and inexpensive) with closet rod flanges like these ones from Blue.

Comments

tkheath

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 08:46

You could always take the doors off and use the barn wood sliding door plan to make you a door that is on the outside and would give access the entire closet and still hide the kids mess. I also read on the comment that the 16" is too wide you can change the plan by cutting the width of the side boards to the width you need to fit in closet and reduce the width you cut the shelves to fit the box. Hope this helps.

tkheath

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 08:52

You could always take the doors off and use the barn wood sliding door plan to make you a door that is on the outside and would give access the entire closet and still hide the kids mess. I also read on the comment that the 16" is too wide you can change the plan by cutting the width of the side boards to the width you need to fit in closet and reduce the width you cut the shelves to fit the box. Hope this helps.