Closet Shelving

5 Materials
3 Hours

My craft room closet was totally unorganized. I wasn't maximizing the space in it at all. I only had one shelf across the top of the closet and the clothing bar. Since I wasn't using this closet for clothing (do you have a storage closet like this in your home??) we decided to build some closet shelving so we had more places to store our stuff!

Now, I could have went out to IKEA or Walmart and bought a flimsy $20 bookshelf but I wanted something STURDY and in a CUSTOM size so I built my own! By getting your wood cut IN THE STORE you only have to do some drilling to build your shelves! A drill is the #1 thing any DIYer should have on hand! So YOU CAN do this project!

I did have a few extra tools that made this EASIER but you don't HAVE to have. One was the corner clamps! We were documenting this build ( so it was helpful to use clamps in leiu of an extra set of hands. This is TWELVE BUCKS at Harbor Freight! So worth it!

We also used a Kreg Jig to make pocket holes. You *can* drill directly into the sides to assemble, but I really like the look of pocket holes. Really it's the non-existent look of these since they are hidden! I've used this handy jig on countless projects.

  1. Drill your holes on the short ends of each of the shelves – these will be used to attach into the tall vertical side pieces.
  2. Mark the center of one of your shelf boards and use the middle piece to insert into the bottom and center shelf to create an upper case "I". (This is where that corner clamp really comes in handy!!)
  3. You then attach this "I" into each of the exterior sides.
  4. Attach the top shelf to the very top of the side pieces. *Make sure you put the pocket holes on the top so you won't see them*
  5. Once you've got the skeleton of the shelves built, measure and cut your small shelves. (Size may vary so be sure to measure here! This is the only cutting you should have to do if you get she plywood sheet cut in store!!)

Lastly, if you want your shelves adjustable, you'll need a shelf pin jig. This helps you evenly space the holes for shelf pins!

For the cut list for these closet shelves, please visit my blog!

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

15 Quick and Easy Gift Ideas Using Buttons
18 Adorable Bird Feeders You'll Want To Make Right Now
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
20 Easy Concrete Projects You Absolutely CAN Do!
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
18 Easy DIY Projects That You Can Do This Weekend!
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know
16 Creative Ways To Upcycle Pallets
30 Fun Ways To Keep Your Home Organized
15 Things To Do With Scrap Material
Amber Oliver

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

Join the conversation

Your comment...