How to build a closet

September 10, 2020

Build a closet yourself, following these illustrated step-by-step techniques, including wall framing, paneling, and finishing.

Need more closet space? If you have adequate floor space and some basic carpentry skills, you can build a closet in a bedroom, guest room, den, or hallway that will look like it has been there all along. How to build a closetBi-fold doors conceal this utility room closet. Lavalon

The first step is to build a closet frame and fasten it to the surrounding walls. Next, you will trim the door opening and install the door(s) of your choice. Finally, you will hang the closet rods or customize the interior with rods, shelving, drawers, and any other accessories you desire. For information on outfitting a closet with an organizer, please see How to Install a Closet Organization System.

Planning to Build Closet Walls

Plan to build a closet frame from 2 by 4s, allowing an inside depth of at least 27 inches. You can construct the frame in one of two ways: Build the walls flat on the floor and then raise them up into position, or build them in place.

It is much easier to nail the framing members together on the floor if the room has a large, clear area to accommodate this. But, using this method, you will have to make a slight modification in the height of the closet walls because it is impossible to tilt an 8-foot-tall wall up into an 8-foot-high space. So, build the wall about 1/4 inch shorter than the height of the ceiling, and then place shims or thin blocks between the top plate and the ceiling.

Getting Started

First, mark the positions of the top plate and the sole plate. On the ceiling, mark both ends of the center line of the new closet wall. Measure 1 3/4 inches (half the width of a 2-by-4 top plate) on both sides of each mark. Snap parallel lines between corresponding marks with a chalk line to show the position of the top plate. How to build a closetThe Basic Structural Elements of a Closet ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips

Next, hang a plumb bob from each end of the lines, and mark these points on the floor. Snap two more chalk lines to connect the floor points, marking the sole plate’s position. If the closet has a side wall return, lay out the top plate and sole plate in the same way; use a framing square to make sure this will be perfectly perpendicular to the front wall. Cut each sole plate and top plate to the desired length. How to build a closet Mark the top plate and the sole plate together for stud locations, using a square and a pencil.

Lay each top plate edge to edge against its sole plate and flush at both ends. Beginning at an end that will be attached to an existing wall, measure in 1 1/2 inches (the thickness of a 2-by-4 stud), and then draw a line across both plates using a combination square. Starting from that end, measure and draw lines at 15 1/4 and 16 3/4 inches. From these marks, advance 16 inches at a time, drawing new lines for stud locations until you reach the far end of both plates.


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There is not a spot in our house that is less organized than our closet. It doesn’t seem to matter if you have a walk in closet space, or a tiny little builder closet, you never have enough space for your pretty purses and your fav pair of pumps, right? And is there anything wrong with wanting it to look lovely, while you are at it? We think that isn’t too much too ask! However… basically, to get the look we are all dreaming of, you need to pay big bucks to a have custom closet built. Not on this blog! We tracked down the best bloggers out there, and found for you DIY closet organizer plans that any of us can use to build a custom organizer from scratch! So let’s get to it, pick yourself out the best match for your situation, and dig out the saw and the drill. We’re organizin’!

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DIY Closet Organizers

DIY Closet Organizer with Drawers

If what you are looking for is a gorgeous built in that gives you drawers, shelving and jewelry storage… Then this DIY closet organizer from ‘Nick & Alicia’ via ‘Build Something‘ is perfect for you. Throw in the fact that it can be adjusted to fit almost any size closet, and we have a winner!

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Kids Room Idea

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Organizer for Basic Build Closet

So… are we done here ladies? Seriously, is this lovely, or what? Then you have to find out how ‘Pink Little Notebook’ via ‘Remodelaholic‘ got this done. Learn how to build a closet organizer that you will never want to leave.

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DIY Closet Organizer Ikea Hack

Did you need yet another cool way to use an Ikea Billy bookcase? Well, this DIY closet organizer from ‘Home & Hallow‘ proves you did. Awesome, and pretty easy project for any of you that are afraid to jump into one of these complete custom closet jobs!

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Simple DIY Closet Organizer

Need a custom DIY closet organizer you can make in less than 3 hours, for around $70? Then ‘Homemade Modern‘ has got you covered… inside and outside the closet, it turns out. Because you can use this both as a closet organizer, or as a freestanding wardrobe!

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Plywood Box System

‘Making It in the Mountains‘ used a genius “box system” to create a customizable closet that can be changed by simply changing out the box, or simply changing how it sits in the organizer. Oh, and the wallpaper? Game on, readers. Game on.

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Small Closet Organizer

If you have a tiny sliding closet like we do in our condo, then you want to squeeze every last inch of storage out of it. Enter, the DIY closet organizer from ‘Fix This, Build That‘. Follow along all their step by step directions for turning this too small closet into a super organized space. And, it has drawers! Built in dresser!

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Custom DIY Closet

So we’re going to end with this gorge DIY closet organizer from ‘Pinspired To DIY‘… Not much more to be said, right? Go check out their complete tutorial!

How to build a closet

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Basement storage areas are among the most sought after features in a home. Whether the basement is a finished or unfinished space, it offers almost unlimited options to create additional closet space.

The space underneath a staircase, for example, is a great place to build a closet. Closets can vary from very simple designs to elaborate affairs. Only you can determine to what extent you want to take the project. Follow these steps to build a closet under your basement stairs.

Step 1 – Measure the Space and Make a Plan

Measure the space where you want to build the closet. Sketch some plans and make detailed notes. The supplies listed here are meant for an 8-foot tall closet with a shelf built at the top and a row of shelves along one side. You will need to customize the list of supplies depending on your own plans.

Step 2 – Frame the Closet

Place the 2×12-inch boards next to existing framing in the desired location. Tack them to the existing framing and check to make sure they are level and even, particularly at the top. Shim if needed to make them even.

Secure the wood using the 3.5-inch screws. An additional piece of wood can be used as the top. Measure the length needed for the top and cut it to size. Place the additional 2x2x12-inch board over the two sides and secure it with screws. Now you have the framework for a closet.

Step 3 – Install Shelves and Rod

Use an additional 2×12-inch board inside the framing if you need to make shelves for the closet. Secure the additional piece of wood at a distance of 18-inches or wider if needed from one of the end supports.

For movable shelving, mark increments on each side to allow space for the shelves in even intervals. Use the .25-inch drill bit to make the holes. It is neither necessary, nor recommended that you drill all the way through the wood.

Drill to a depth of .25-inches. Shelf hangers are available at any hardware and many retail stores. Measure the space that you will need for the clothing rod or rods. Cut the pole or dowels to the needed length. Install the support brackets as per the directions on the packaging and slip the rods into the brackets.

Step 4 – Cut Shelves and Paint

Finish the project by cutting the plywood to the width and depth needed for shelving. Paint your new closet and shelves.

Introduction: How to Make a Wardrobe

How to build a closet

How to build a closet

How to build a closet

In this post, I will show you how I made this modern wardrobe, made from “Birch plywood”. It has a simple design but if you like modern this may be calling your name. Whether you are looking to add organization, improve your closet space or just looking to add a wardrobe in a spare bedroom, it’s possible. The overall dimension is 75in high by 41.5in wide by 19in deep. This design is completely customizable and can certainly go bigger. I am pretty happy with that way this came out.

Materials Used: For the dimensions/cut list Click Here

3 – 3/4 (4×8) Birch plywood (structure)

3 – 1 by 12 by 48 pin lumber (drawer)

2 – Roll of edge band

1 – 1/4 (4×8) plywood (back and drawer bottom)

1 – pair of 16in drawer slide

For all my woodworking plans Click here

Step 1: Getting Started

First, cut down the plywood sheets down to a manageable size, I will be using a circular saw and Kreg rip cut guide. Once the sheets become manageable tool them over to the table saw. I prepared all the cut’s prior to assembling. Note: The original design did not have the rabbet joints for the drawer. I am stating this because the measurements for the width of the drawer lumber (front and back) will be slightly longer than in this cut list. Build your frame and then your the drawer last.
To follow along with the video I made a quick jig so that I could set the depth of the table saw blade. This was key to me being able to put the blade back in the same position after adjusting. The jig should also help you set the distance between the blade and the fence. It’s always a good idea to use the scrap wood to test on before making cuts to your final project. It’s easier for me to use the same table saw blade rather than changing to a dado stack. After the drawers are cut to the final dimension, make a slot for the drawer bottom.

For the middle divider, I cut a dado joint. It may be more work upfront but will save time in the end with aligning. You can use a pocket hole connection jig to plug the hole or use screws from the top and bottom shelves as well.

For efficiency, drill all the locations for the pocket hole screws prior to assembling.

Step 2: Building the Frame

Locate the parts to build the frame. Before you do anything, make sure the pocket holes are hidden. Something to consider. You can use wood glue as well for added strength as you began to join the parts. Since I work alone these clamp-it corner clamps a very helpful and will keep things align as screws are added.

Step 3: Add the Dividers and Back

After putting the frame together, add the bottom shelf to the drawer enclosure. The distance from the base depends on how much space you need for your shoes. I put a 7in space here, feel free to add more or less depending on your preference. Locate the next shelf with the drawer enclosure. This piece has the dado cut running through it.
Spacing is crucial; I have exactly 8 inches of spacing between the two shelves. The draw cover needs to fit within the opening having the same space around the sides, the top, and the bottom. Make sure that the dado joint is facing up. Use the middle divider to set the spacing for the top shelf. Add glue to the joint, and then work the divider into its place. Next, add the back. Note: I added rabbet cuts to the inside of the side panel. It allows the back panel to sit even with the sides. Doing this will hide the plywood ends. Apply wood glue to the surface of where the plywood backing is going to sit. Then, add brad nails to the top and bottom to hold things in place. Finally, add clamps and weights. If do not own a brad nailer wood glue is strong enough on its own.

Step 4: Building the Drawers

The shelves are only constructed of two parts, a sheet of plywood and the trim to cover the visible plywood layers. Note: When I designed this the end trim was supposed to butt up against the plywood and then add glue and nails. This is still possible, but if you want to make a rabbet joint in the trim as shown in the video all you would need is wood glue and then clamp it. You will also need to make will need to trim the shelf support, this way the shelves can be pushed all the way back.
To assemble the drawer glue the joints, it can be challenging to keep the drawer square. However, a band clamp is an ideal solution. Use the band clamp to hold its shape, next, check to make sure all the measurements are equal. You can add additional clamps as well.

Step 5: Add Edge Banding

To give a finishing look, I use an iron-on edge band. Since I used birch plywood, I also used a birch edge band. Apply the edge band to all the visible ends. Next, I use a 3\8 dowel to plug the holes left from the pocket holes, this improves appearance.

Step 6: Sand and Apply Finish

Sand down the entire wardrobe. After, you can determine the space for your shelves. This is also a great time to add support for your shelves.

Obviously, this is the look that fits our taste so go wild and make this fit yours. I just used white gloss paint for the clothing area and the drawer front. Then, I used a fast drying water-based polycrylic to finish it off.

Step 7: Install Hardware

Finally, install the hardware. The components are: drawer slides, pull handle, and the clothes rod.

Step 8: Final

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