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Easy Closet Organizer

  • October 3, 2017

Ana White
Ana White
Ana White
Ana White

This organizer should be built to fit inside your closet. If your closet opening is smaller than the closet interior, make sure you build the closet so it can fit through the opening without damaging closet interiorWe needed a simple closet organizer for my husband’s closet. But I wanted a horizontal design, where the closet rod is lower for easy reach, and the shelving is higher, again for easy reach. Unable to find the perfect organizer, we decided to DIY it. We used prefinished Melamine shelving boards to build, so no table saw or paint was required! This is one of my favorite closets ever, easy to build and easy to use!

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      • 4 – 1X4 @ 31-1/2”
      • 7 – 15-3/4” MELAMINE SHELF BOARDS @ 31-1/2” – VERTICAL DIVIDER/ENDS/SHELVES
      • 1 – 15-3/4” MELAMINE SHELF BOARD @ 65-1/4” - TOP
      • POCKET HOLE JIG
      • TAPE MEASURE, SQUARE, PENCIL, EYE/EAR PROTECTION
      • 65” OF WOOD CLOSET POLE
      • 8- ¼” X 3” LAG SCREWS
      • 2 – CLOSET ROD SOCKETS
      • 100 – 1-1/4” POCKET HOLE SCREWS
      • 2 – PREFINISHED MDF 1X4X8’
      • 3 – 15-3/4” X 97” MELAMINE SHELF BOARDS
  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cutting Set circular saw blade depth to about 1” and cut boards according to cut list. TIP: Use a scrap piece of Styrofoam to supports the board while it is being cut.

    2. Step: 2

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      Pocket Holes Drill three pocket holes on one end of each of the sides and middle divider. Drill three pocket holes on each end of all four remaining shelving boards.

    3. Step: 3

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      Attach Sides to Top Lay top on flat level surface, best side facing upward. Attach the side to both ends of the top, with pocket holes facing outward, using 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Repeat to add divider in center of the top. TIP: Use a shelf board as a spacer to help set the center divider spacing.

    4. Step: 4

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      Middle Shelves Attach middle shelves to side and divider, spacing 13-1/4” up from top. TIP: Cut two pieces of scrap wood to 13-1/4” length and use as a spacer to support middle shelf as you attach.

    5. Step: 5

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      Bottom Shelves Attach bottom shelf to side and divider, leaving 3-1/2” spacing under shelf (for the 1x4 board). This should work with the 13-1/4” spacer, but double check. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on other side of shelving unit.

    6. Step: 6

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      Bottom Support Drill ¾” pocket holes on each end of 1x4s. Then drill ¾” pocket holes along one long edge of 1x4, about every 6-8”. Attach below bottom shelf, screwing to both bottom shelf and divider/side. NOTE: For heavier closet loads, add 1x4 supports under middle shelves as well.

    7. Step: 7

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      Locate Studs Locate and mark studs on wall inside closet. Also locate any side studs if attaching closet to side walls.

    8. Step: 8

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      Hang the Organizer Using lag screws with length calculated for your wall type (for typical drywall over studs, we used ¼” x 3” lags), screw through 1x4 into studs in the wall. At least 8 lag screws are recommended.

    9. Step: 9

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      Closet Rod Attach closet rod sockets to sides. Cut closet rod pole to fit and place inside sockets.

Comments (1)


  • If you are building a horizontal closet, make sure you build small enough to fit through the closet opening without damaging drywall. Our closet opening is 5 feet wide, and the closet interior was 6 feet wide, so I built this closet in the middle - just under 5-1/2 feet wide and it fit in easily. Do measure and double check. Good luck building and please share, it's a big deal seeing your amazing projects! XO Ana
    By Ana White, on October 18, 2017

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Easy Closet Organizer

by Ana White
Oct 03, 2017
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This organizer should be built to fit inside your closet. If your closet opening is smaller than the closet interior, make sure you build the closet so it can fit through the opening without damaging closet interiorWe needed a simple closet organizer for my husband’s closet. But I wanted a horizontal design, where the closet rod is lower for easy reach, and the shelving is higher, again for easy reach. Unable to find the perfect organizer, we decided to DIY it. We used prefinished Melamine shelving boards to build, so no table saw or paint was required! This is one of my favorite closets ever, easy to build and easy to use!

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 071b15a6 3a50 487c b123 bfac89b8d623

    Cutting Set circular saw blade depth to about 1” and cut boards according to cut list. TIP: Use a scrap piece of Styrofoam to supports the board while it is being cut.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 857e21fb 22da 4850 8e6e e7b681f7ebef

    Pocket Holes Drill three pocket holes on one end of each of the sides and middle divider. Drill three pocket holes on each end of all four remaining shelving boards.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 4da5fdb6 f79c 4f5a 9acd 8cc79b5fe669

    Attach Sides to Top Lay top on flat level surface, best side facing upward. Attach the side to both ends of the top, with pocket holes facing outward, using 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Repeat to add divider in center of the top. TIP: Use a shelf board as a spacer to help set the center divider spacing.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge f7dfee38 47f0 4fa1 b855 8001e5b8ef5a

    Middle Shelves Attach middle shelves to side and divider, spacing 13-1/4” up from top. TIP: Cut two pieces of scrap wood to 13-1/4” length and use as a spacer to support middle shelf as you attach.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 52dd3402 8764 4bda ac89 c7548c98c562

    Bottom Shelves Attach bottom shelf to side and divider, leaving 3-1/2” spacing under shelf (for the 1x4 board). This should work with the 13-1/4” spacer, but double check. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on other side of shelving unit.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 14fda158 6c12 4e33 9603 49be670246ff

    Bottom Support Drill ¾” pocket holes on each end of 1x4s. Then drill ¾” pocket holes along one long edge of 1x4, about every 6-8”. Attach below bottom shelf, screwing to both bottom shelf and divider/side. NOTE: For heavier closet loads, add 1x4 supports under middle shelves as well.

  7. Step: 7
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    Locate Studs Locate and mark studs on wall inside closet. Also locate any side studs if attaching closet to side walls.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 2a720871 7fc2 4967 95eb 3c02d449cc51

    Hang the Organizer Using lag screws with length calculated for your wall type (for typical drywall over studs, we used ¼” x 3” lags), screw through 1x4 into studs in the wall. At least 8 lag screws are recommended.

  9. Step: 9
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    Closet Rod Attach closet rod sockets to sides. Cut closet rod pole to fit and place inside sockets.