A functional and organized closet makes my heart sing. My son’s closet was a blank slate with a simple hanging rod and one high shelf. This wasn’t doing him any favors in the way of keeping things organize. The solution is simple – easy closet shelves.
A DIY tutorial to install easy closet shelves. Make your closet functional and organized with simple shelves you can install.
Today I’m sharing these easy closet shelves along with 16 other extremely creative DIY friends in a group organization challenge. Thank you to Jen Woodhouse for pulling us altogether to get organized!
Does your closet have the functionality you need? Is that single hanging rod providing all the storage you need? Could you benefit from a few shelves to make use of those corners and provide more visible, organized storage? If you answered yes to any of those questions then I’m guessing your closet may look similar to my son’s closet before I did this project.
A single hanging rod with a shelf above. Nothing fancy and while it does the job of providing lots of hanging storage space I can guarantee my son (and most kids) don’t hang too many clothes. Let’s install some easy closet shelves in those corners and provide open, visible storage while still keeping the hanging rod.
It’s amazing what five little shelves can do for a hidden corner that was underutilized before!
I recently installed a similar version in our hall linen closet except they are unfinished raw plywood if that’s more your speed.
Below are the supplies and instructions to make and install these easy closet shelves. Be sure to measure your space carefully as all closets are slightly different.
- 3/4″ plywood pieces (shelves)
- 1×2 pine boards (trim)
- 3/4″ x 3/4″ square dowels (cleats)
- nail gun
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- wood glue
- wood putty
- miter saw
- table saw
- measuring tape
Step 1: Cut 3 pieces of 3/4″ square dowel for your cleats. One long back piece and two side pieces. The side pieces should be equal to the depth of your shelves. Secure the cleats to the wall using a level and nail gun. Next cut the plywood to fit the space. Be sure to leave 3/4″ at front for the trim piece to sit flush with the door jamb. Finally use wood glue and attach the front trim piece with finish nails.
These shelves are approximately 10″ apart and measure 18″l x 9″d.
Step 2: Fill any nail holes with wood putty, let dry and then sand smooth. Next apply primer to shelves and trim. Then once dry sand again and paint shelves.
A very easy and simply weekend project that makes a huge difference in the functionality of your closet space.
Before this closet was an open cavern with just hanging storage space. And now after I installed ten easy shelves the closet is much more user friendly.
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