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Custom Closet for Him



After giving the "her" closets a makeover in our en suite area, we now turned to the "his" side. Men deserve custom closets with all the bells and whistles too! The best thing about building a closet tailored specifically for your space is the strange obstacles can become assets instead of liabilities. The unused space next to the air return became shelving for folded clothes storage. While the air return itself, was treated like the top of a dresser, creating a landing space for everyday items. Space planning and design innovations require some thought, but this truly is an easy DIY project that can be done easily over a few days.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Create a building plan by accessing your storage needs. For this closet much of the same hanging space was just converted to wood shelves and aluminum rods. Storage containers were purchased prior to building so that the shelves were spaced accordingly.

    2. Step: 2

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      Remove all contents and demo existing shelving. Wire rack systems will often require pliers to remove brackets from the wall.

    3. Step: 3

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      In areas where shelving will be added, remove baseboards. We also removed the existing carpet because we plan to replace it with tile in the future. (This style of shelving uses 1x12's that extend to the floor.)

    4. Step: 4

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      Measure and cut 1x4's as support cleats for horizontal shelves. Each cleat should run the full length of each wall.

    5. Step: 5

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      Find and mark your studs. Nail support cleats into studs along the wall to the height desired. Constantly check for level.

    6. Step: 6

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      Measure and cut shelves, because the shelves are wider than 10" you will need a sliding miter saw or equivalent.

    7. Step: 7

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      If turning a corner in your hanging area, pick one side to be supported by a shelf and rod hanger bracket.

    8. Step: 8

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      For added strength, use a Kreg Jig and appropriate screws to connect the corner shelves together.

    9. Step: 9

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      Toe-nail the side vertical 1x12x8 boards to the horizontal cleats for smaller shelves and cubbies.

    10. Step: 10

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      After checking for fit, remove all shelves and paint shelves. Painting one side of the shelves on a flat surface and then flipping them over avoids paining upside-down etc.

    11. Step: 11

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      If holes are visible from old shelving, fill with spackle. Paint walls and cleats.

    12. Step: 12

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      If adding additional storage shelves, using a mini level, nail small cleats made from 1x2's to support shelves. Using a clamp to hold the cleat while nailing is helpful. After getting one cleat hung, place a level across the shelf and place the opposite cleat with the shelf on top for level placement.

    13. Step: 13

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      Nail all of the horizontal shelves in place. For a shelving unit, be sure to work bottom up.

    14. Step: 14

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      If adding cubbies, nail the dividers from the top and underneath.

    15. Step: 15

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      Caulk and touch up paint. Fill nail holes and any gaps created from walls that are not level.

    16. Step: 16

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      Hang rods using cups to match your rods.

    17. Step: 17

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      Measure and cut rods to fit. We used aluminum rods that can be easily cut with a metal cutting blade in a miter saw.

    18. Step: 18

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      Add accessories like valet rods and retractable tie racks. (Men like gadgets!) Hang the clothes, move in other organizers and enjoy your new custom closet!

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Custom Closet for Him

by Deeply Southern Home
Jun 01, 2015
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After giving the "her" closets a makeover in our en suite area, we now turned to the "his" side. Men deserve custom closets with all the bells and whistles too! The best thing about building a closet tailored specifically for your space is the strange obstacles can become assets instead of liabilities. The unused space next to the air return became shelving for folded clothes storage. While the air return itself, was treated like the top of a dresser, creating a landing space for everyday items. Space planning and design innovations require some thought, but this truly is an easy DIY project that can be done easily over a few days.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge fdeb0dca d260 44b3 bec6 642f6488e352

    Create a building plan by accessing your storage needs. For this closet much of the same hanging space was just converted to wood shelves and aluminum rods. Storage containers were purchased prior to building so that the shelves were spaced accordingly.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 6a7416d8 0271 4e33 af60 0b4457448906

    Remove all contents and demo existing shelving. Wire rack systems will often require pliers to remove brackets from the wall.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 05927317 b099 4104 abaf be0e10695b9f

    In areas where shelving will be added, remove baseboards. We also removed the existing carpet because we plan to replace it with tile in the future. (This style of shelving uses 1x12's that extend to the floor.)

  4. Step: 4
    Huge da6df35b 150d 4b90 9840 e43172fae8b9

    Measure and cut 1x4's as support cleats for horizontal shelves. Each cleat should run the full length of each wall.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 3b934f4b caee 46a7 a9e7 33f2ca2a887b

    Find and mark your studs. Nail support cleats into studs along the wall to the height desired. Constantly check for level.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge e43a11f5 d436 49d2 bde5 4b0b268b8066

    Measure and cut shelves, because the shelves are wider than 10" you will need a sliding miter saw or equivalent.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 56676446 e0c3 4469 bcf1 b79ee18beaf4

    If turning a corner in your hanging area, pick one side to be supported by a shelf and rod hanger bracket.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 956c6c90 babd 40be ba7f b4a045665349

    For added strength, use a Kreg Jig and appropriate screws to connect the corner shelves together.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 29c19c62 094d 4057 bd8e 324fab2211c5

    Toe-nail the side vertical 1x12x8 boards to the horizontal cleats for smaller shelves and cubbies.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 137bf285 1859 473e bd04 028927e404f7

    After checking for fit, remove all shelves and paint shelves. Painting one side of the shelves on a flat surface and then flipping them over avoids paining upside-down etc.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge c157f823 c724 41fd 816b c047127ba6b6

    If holes are visible from old shelving, fill with spackle. Paint walls and cleats.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 17479442 363d 492b b790 d9097aecfa2b

    If adding additional storage shelves, using a mini level, nail small cleats made from 1x2's to support shelves. Using a clamp to hold the cleat while nailing is helpful. After getting one cleat hung, place a level across the shelf and place the opposite cleat with the shelf on top for level placement.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge fb820a87 d3d7 490d a7eb 8596af2bf7a9

    Nail all of the horizontal shelves in place. For a shelving unit, be sure to work bottom up.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge 1bc10080 b318 4e2d 9a57 c259f8f35304

    If adding cubbies, nail the dividers from the top and underneath.

  15. Step: 15
    Huge 970d7e64 d650 43a5 a0fe df3f00baf149

    Caulk and touch up paint. Fill nail holes and any gaps created from walls that are not level.

  16. Step: 16
    Huge dfd0af88 d12d 47de a099 a6db1cb59354

    Hang rods using cups to match your rods.

  17. Step: 17
    Huge a78f923b 0328 430c 839c 3bc5b2905477

    Measure and cut rods to fit. We used aluminum rods that can be easily cut with a metal cutting blade in a miter saw.

  18. Step: 18
    Huge 953c410e 423b 4207 b1b5 6143890b6b85

    Add accessories like valet rods and retractable tie racks. (Men like gadgets!) Hang the clothes, move in other organizers and enjoy your new custom closet!