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Easy Closet Organizer
Easy Closet Organizer
Easy Closet Organizer
Easy Closet Organizer
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  • Easy Closet Organizer
  • Easy Closet Organizer
  • Easy Closet Organizer

Easy Closet Organizer

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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Step 1: 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.


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Step 2: 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.


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Step 3: 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.


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Step 4: 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.


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Step 5: 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.


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Step 6: 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.


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


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Step 8: 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.


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


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Ana White
Ana White

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

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Project Information

Difficulty: Easy

Materials Used:

  • 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


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