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Long Hanging Unit - DIY Master Closet



This long hanging closet unit is the perfect height for hanging longer items of clothing. Whether it be long jackets or dresses this is the perfect length. The unit is 23" deep which gives that elegant, custom look. This unit is meant to be installed beside another similar closet unit or wall.

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    1. Step: 1

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      Here are the dimensions for this closet section. This section is designed to sit on a platform or on the ground. I recommend building a platform that is 1/4" to 1/2" shorter than your baseboard trim, then lay 3/4" MDF on top of the platform. The baseboard trim will then continue across the front of the closet unit for a built in look and the only thing exposed will be the MDF top which paints very nicely.

    2. Step: 2

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      For this unit you can use MDF or plywood. I used MDF because it takes paint a lot nicer and is cheaper than plywood. However, MDF is finicky to work with. It is heavy, doesn't accept a screw very well and isn't structurally a very good material to work with. Since this unit is going to be secured to the wall and adjacent units I wasn't too worried about that, and it turned out nice an solid.

    3. Step: 3

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      It is optional to paint the unit before assembly. If you choose to wait, then you can apply glue to each joint for added strength. We opted to prime and paint prior to assembly and then caulk, fill and apply a final coat after install. Assemble the box by pre-drilling and screwing together with 1-1/2" trim screws. Trim screws have a smaller head that will minimize the "mushrooming" that happens when screwing into MDF. I also found it easier to temporarily secure the box with 1-1/2" brad nails to keep it aligned while drilling and screwing.

    4. Step: 4

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      With the box is assembled, locate as desired, assure plumb, level and square and then attach to the wall studs with 3" wood screws. Then, install the closet rods as shown using closet rod sockets.

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Long Hanging Unit - DIY Master Closet

by Rogue Engineer
Oct 18, 2018
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This long hanging closet unit is the perfect height for hanging longer items of clothing. Whether it be long jackets or dresses this is the perfect length. The unit is 23" deep which gives that elegant, custom look. This unit is meant to be installed beside another similar closet unit or wall.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 1eede77d 5dec 45e4 a811 b3ef1bd1b042

    Here are the dimensions for this closet section. This section is designed to sit on a platform or on the ground. I recommend building a platform that is 1/4" to 1/2" shorter than your baseboard trim, then lay 3/4" MDF on top of the platform. The baseboard trim will then continue across the front of the closet unit for a built in look and the only thing exposed will be the MDF top which paints very nicely.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 53d0abd4 b679 4113 b8fa 5eda001a3a0a

    For this unit you can use MDF or plywood. I used MDF because it takes paint a lot nicer and is cheaper than plywood. However, MDF is finicky to work with. It is heavy, doesn't accept a screw very well and isn't structurally a very good material to work with. Since this unit is going to be secured to the wall and adjacent units I wasn't too worried about that, and it turned out nice an solid.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 9ca63a6f 1349 47bd 9b1d a849e2afea12

    It is optional to paint the unit before assembly. If you choose to wait, then you can apply glue to each joint for added strength. We opted to prime and paint prior to assembly and then caulk, fill and apply a final coat after install. Assemble the box by pre-drilling and screwing together with 1-1/2" trim screws. Trim screws have a smaller head that will minimize the "mushrooming" that happens when screwing into MDF. I also found it easier to temporarily secure the box with 1-1/2" brad nails to keep it aligned while drilling and screwing.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 1f98636a a1ab 4d2d 80a0 ffb3f43855c9

    With the box is assembled, locate as desired, assure plumb, level and square and then attach to the wall studs with 3" wood screws. Then, install the closet rods as shown using closet rod sockets.