Project Guide

DIY Closet Organizer

1
Measure the Back and Side Walls
A diagram of how to measure your closet for your DIY closet system organizer. - Build Closet Organizer
  • Measure the back and side walls to determine the length of the shelf supports. 
  • Deduct 1½" from the length of the back wall shelf support measurement to account for the ¾" thickness of each end support.
2
Cut the Back and Side Wall Shelf Supports
This picture shows you how to hammer in the supports for your DIY closet organizer to the studs in the wall. - Build Closet Organizer
  • Cut 1" x 3" 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" 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
This picture shows you how to hammer in the bottom supports for your DIY closet organizer to the studs in the wall. - Build Closet Organizer

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

4
Cut the Shelves
This picture shows you how to saw shelves for your DIY closet organizer. - Build Closet Organizer

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

5
Cut Side Pieces for the Central Shelf Unit
This picture shows you how to measure side pieces for your DIY closet organizer. - Build Closet Organizer

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

6
Measure and Cut Square Shelves
This picture shows you how to cut square shelves for your DIY closet organizer. - Build Closet Organizer

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

7
Assemble the Central Shelf Unit
This picture shows you how to assemble the central shelf for your DIY closet organizer. - 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
This picture shows you how to position your DIY closet organizer into the closet. - Build Closet Organizer

Position the central shelf unit to be the middle of the DIY closet system.

9
Fit the Back Support for the Lower Shelf
This picture shows you how to fit the lower shelf's back support of your DIY closet organizer. - 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.

10
Place Long Shelves on Shelf Supports
This picture shows you how to place and secure the long shelves of your DIY closet organizer. - 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.

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