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Upper Hanging Unit - DIY Master Closet



This upper hanging closet unit is the perfect height for hanging clothing over the closet dresser unit. 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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Upper Hanging Unit - DIY Master Closet

by Rogue Engineer
Oct 18, 2018
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This upper hanging closet unit is the perfect height for hanging clothing over the closet dresser unit. 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 ddf2b7d9 e50d 4820 a296 5793dc0b0d58

    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 05f4dd57 d09e 4923 adde 93a06dc10444

    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 aeccb3ce 2b0a 46e1 94ac 8a0bbea56e9c

    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 f380f25e 9a7c 43c1 ba61 1d2f6350070b

    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.