How to Build a Closet Organizer

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Improve your storage space and reduce clutter by designing your own closet system

You've cleared out the space, written down all your measurements, and now you're ready to invest in a closet organizing system. Follow this guide to build your own DIY closet organizer.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Measure the back and side walls
back and side walls  - Build Closet Organizer

• Measure the back and side walls to determine the length of the shelf supports.
• Deduct 1 ½ inches from the length of the back wall shelf support measurement to account for the ¾ inch thickness of each end support.

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Cut the back and side wall shelf supports
Cut the back side wall - Build Closet Organizer

• Cut 1 x 3 inch shelf supports to fit the back and side walls of the closet.
• Locate the studs in the walls on all sides.
• Attach the supports for the top shelf to the walls with their top edges 84 inches above the floor using wood screws driven into the wall studs. This will be the bearer of most of the weight so it’s important to have them driven into the studs.

3
Cut the bottom shelf supports
bottom shelf supports - Build Closet Organizer

Cut the supports for the bottom shelf and attach them to the wall with their top edges 76 inches above the floor using wood screws driven directly into the wall studs.

4
Cut the shelves
Cut the shelves - Build Closet Organizer

Cut the two long 11 7/8 inch-wide shelves from 3/4 inch plywood. Cut them to length to fit the width of your closet.

5
Cut side pieces for the central shelf unit
Cut side pieces - Build Closet Organizer

Measure and cut the two 11 7/8 x 76 inch side pieces for the central shelf unit from 3/4 inch plywood.

6
Measure and cut square shelves
cut square shelves - Build Closet Organizer

Measure and cut the six 11 7/8 inch-square shelves for the central unit from 3/4 inch plywood.

7
Assemble the central shelf unit
Assemble central shelf - Build Closet Organizer

• Assemble the central shelf unit using wood screws or finishing nails. Space the shelves evenly or according to the height of the items you plan to store.
• Leave the top and bottom of the unit open.

8
Position the unit in the closet
Position unit closet  - Build Closet Organizer

Position the central shelf unit in the middle of the closet.

9
Fit the lower shelf’s back support
Fit the lower back support - Build Closet Organizer

Mark notches on the sides of the central shelf unit to fit around the lower shelf's back support. Cut out with a hand saw.

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Place long shelves on shelf supports
Place long shelves - Build Closet Organizer

• Lay one of the long shelves on the lower shelf supports and on top of the central shelf unit.
• Attach the shelf with wood screws or 6d finishing nails.