Make Your Own Closet Shelves & Organizer!
My poor closet was a MESS, and way too small for two people. My husband, with minimal tools, designed and built in shelving and cubby holes. It more than doubled our space... for less than $130!
This is the BEFORE photo. When we moved in there wasn't even a shelf and rod. It's just not big enough for two adults! My husband used the free software Google Sketchup to design the closet shelves. DOWNLOAD OUR SKETCHUP DESIGN FILE HERE or on our actual site post link at the bottom.
He purchased the materials needed then tore back the carpet in the closet so he could start the base. The base was made by creating a simple framework with 1″x2″ lumber. This is not glued to the floor, but it is important that it reaches the full width of the closet to the walls.
A common jigsaw was used to begin cutting the MDF to the shelf dimensions.
Careful measurements were made to put pencil lines in the exact positions where the upright boards would be placed.
Glue was not used to attach the shelves. Just properly lengthed screws. The first 1″x 2″ boards were screwed into place in the wall to allow for proper placement of the first upright.
Notice the angled cuts of the uprights at the bottom of the shelving unit. This was to allow the uprights to be deep enough to hold clothes, yet taper in to meet the base at the bottom.
Closet dowels were attached into their holders.
Cubby shelves were added on each side then it was painted. This gave us more than double the space!
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