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Building a Closet Organizer

 
 

You've cleared out the space, written down all your measurements, and now you're ready to go out and buy that long-overdue closet-organizing system. OK, but prepare yourself for some sticker shock. Depending on the off-the-shelf system you choose, a single closet's worth can end up costing hundreds of dollars. Our easy-to-build organizer will set you back just the cost of a single sheet of plywood (plus a couple of clothes poles and some 1x3 lumber). And guess what - it will function just the same as the high-priced spread.


 

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

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Step 1

Step 1: Measure the back and side walls to determine the length of the shelf supports

Measure the back and side walls to determine the length of the shelf supports. Be sure to deduct 1 1/2 inches from the length of the back-wall shelf-support measurement (the 3/4-inch thickness of each end support).

 

Step 2

Step 2: Cut 3 shelf supports to fit the back and side walls of the closet

Cut 1x3 shelf supports to fit the back and side walls of the closet. Attach the supports for the top shelf to the walls with their top edges 84 inches above the floor using 8d finish nails driven into the wall studs.

  

Step 3

 Step 3: Cut the supports for the bottom shelf & attach them to the wall

Cut the supports for the bottom shelf, and attach them to the wall with their top edges 76 inches above the floor, again using 8d finish nails driven directly into the wall studs.

 

Step 4

Step 4: Cut the two long wide shelves to fit the width of your closet

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

 

Step 5

Step 5: Cut side pieces for the central shelf unit

Measure and cut the two 11 7/8x76-inch side pieces for the central shelf unit from 3/4-inch plywood.

 

Step 6

Step 6: Measure & cut square shelves for the central unit

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

  

Step 7

Step 7: Assemble the central shelf unit

Assemble the central shelf unit using 6d finish 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.

  

Step 8

Step 8: Position the central shelf unit in the middle of the closet

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

  

Step 9

Step 9: Fit the lower shelf's back support

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

  

Step 10

Step 10: Place long shelves on lower shelf supports & top of the central shelf unit

Lay one of the long shelves on the lower shelf supports and on top of the central shelf unit. Attach the shelf with 6d finish nails.