DIY Closet Shelves

Montross Made
by Montross Made
3 Materials
4 Hours

My husband is a landscaper, so his closet is full of mostly t-shirts and jeans. Those builder grade wire shelves were just not cutting it - so much wasted space (and really... who hangs their t-shirts?)! After seeing my closet upgrade, Kyle wanted us to do his too, so we build these easy shelves. As a beginner DIY-er myself, I promise you, these are totally achievable for your first "big" project.

What you’ll need:

3/4” cabinet grade plywood



liquid nails


wood filler

brad nails

toggle bolts


Step 1: Install supports

First we installed 1x2s for our shelf supports. We didn’t have studs where we needed them, so we used toggle bolts for extra support (see my how to toggle bolt video here). We counter sunk the screws, and woodfilled the holes before sanding and painting everything.

Step 2: Install shelves

Next we cut our plywood to size, and sanded and painted each shelf. We attached them to the 1x2 supports with liquid nails, then caulked all of our seams.

Step 3: Install face frame

Next we installed 1x3s to the face of each shelf using liquid nails and Brad nails. This gives a clean finished look, and hides the 1x2 support pieces.

Step 4: Final touches

Finally, we wood filled and sanded all of the nail holes and seams before giving everything one more coat of paint.

We were left some a beautiful shelves that ultimately allowed Kyle to utilize much more of his closet space. This was a super easy upgrade that only took a few hours to complete, and made a world of difference!

You can see the whole project and more, documented on my instagram @Montross.Made

Suggested materials:
  • 1 x 2
  • 1 x 3
  • Plywood
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