Closet Ideas: DIY Cedar Lined Closet

Amber Oliver
by Amber Oliver
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I feel like my to-do list is never ending. (Most people can probably relate!) I actually have multiple to-do list going at once. I have my everyday to do’s and I also have a long list of home to do’s. This project let me check an item off my super long home to-do list – we gave our linen closet a makeover! When looking for closet ideas, I kept coming across cedar planks and was reminded of the cedar chest my mom had growing up. I met the folks at Cedar Safe last summer and we teamed up to show you how easy it is to do your own DIY cedar lined closet! The only tools needed are a miter saw and a finishing nailer.
Step 1Measure your space.Step 2Purchase the correct amount of materials. Each box covers 35 sqft!Step 3Remove any shelving or bars in the closet. This wasn’t super easy for us as our shelves were built in, but we knew we didn’t want to have to make a bunch of long cuts to fit pieces in between the shelves. By removing the shelves, you’re able to cut your boards to the correct width and you should only have to trim the very top boards horizontally to fit.
Step 4Cut your boards to the correct width. Start with one wall in the closet, and measure the next wall after you’ve mounted the first since it will take up about a 1/4 inch less when you have the planks on the adjacent wall.Step 5After you’ve cut the planks for your first wall, start mounting from the bottom up. The tongue and groove planks make this super easy! Simply nail in the bottom board, then slide the next board into place. Using a nail gun makes this process a breeze!
After all the planks are up, add your shelves back and remount the hanging bar. We were able to tackle the project in one afternoon!For more info please visit:
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  • Nice project. Incredible job! I've been thinking of using cedar since I watched a YouTube video where a lady cedar-lined her "Tiny Home". I would love the smell. ❤️ 🙂

    • Angela Schweppe Angela Schweppe on Oct 19, 2019

      Not trying to be negative or discouraging, but do be careful, cedar burns easily and quickly! Just be safe about what you line and where you build with cedar.

  • Jamesschutze271 Jamesschutze271 on Nov 20, 2020

    to help with better nailing ,mark your stud locations so youll hit them everytime