Operation Functional Closet Space

6 Materials
6 Hours

We all have that one child who refuses to use their hangers leaving the floor covered or the closet a mess. Turn that wasted closet space into something more useful

Step 1 the before

Start by removing all items from the closet including these existing shelf and hanger rod. In my case this was as simple as removing 3 screws on each side.

Step 2 build new shelf

In this step I cut 3 pieces of 1x4 pine board to line the upper portion this will hold a new shelf as well as hooks to use instead of hangers

Step 3 painted walls

Painted walls of closet using some left over paint from another project. This is a Sherwin Williams peppercorn. Also added to supports in this step these will support the hanging desk 1/2 black pipe and fittings sizing is specific to each project.

Step 4 desk build

Using a piece a 1x18 glued pine I cut to size needed in my case this was 4ft. leaving enough to support the side. This was the secured with screws to the supports added in the previous step. The 2 smaller shelves were added for decoration purposes

Step 5 stain

After adding some LED lights to make this space a little more bright and exciting I lightly ran a palm sander over everything as most of the wood was already smooth. Using a sponge brush I stained all wood using a min wax early American stain

Step 6 storage doors

In the final step I assembled some custom cabinet doors Using some left over materials to hide the items placed on the shelves added above. followed by moving all gaming equipment and decor into the space.

Finishing touch

Quick view of every boys dream gaming area equipped with game chair and color changing lights

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  • Debbie Brasher Debbie Brasher on Apr 22, 2021

    I’ve seen a lot of people change their closets into nooks. This is so cute. But how does this affect resale?

  • Hope Hope on Apr 22, 2021

    Hi Mike...

    I think it really came out great!! Can you tell me what the dimensions of the closet are, please..? (WxDxH)

    I have a spare bedroom that could use something 'different and unique' since the closet isn't really being used for clothes.

  • PeprmintPatti PeprmintPatti on Apr 22, 2021

    Did you have to run electric into the closet or just use an extension cord with surge protector?


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  • Paula Paula on Apr 23, 2021

    Amazing transformation. Talk about a teen self esteem booster! Teen's friend's parents, probably got blasted with photos. BRAVO

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 01, 2021

    Update: If you check another of Mike's projects -


    you will see that due to kids growing and needing to change rooms, the space was remodelled to suit younger sister.