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Under-Stair Closet Organizer with False Wall


Seaneman
Seaneman
Seaneman
Seaneman

We have a small closet under a staircase that we could never utilize because of its odd shape. While watching a movie, I saw a hidden passageway behind a bookcase and got the inspiration for my closet. Using some scrap plywood, some casters and hinges, I created my own closet divider. Stuff we only pull out twice a year goes to the back of the closet where the ceiling is lowest. My Shelf/ False Wall bisects the middle of the closet, and hinges open on casters like a door, allowing access to the back of the closet. The tricky thing was building the shelves with one side angled so it swings open or closed and clear the wall. I used about a 30 degree angle. You can easily see in the photos how it all works. I also had to mount the hinges in a spot where the shelves would snug against the ceiling and also fold away flat against the wall without hitting anywhere. There was just enough space to allow a 12" depth of shelves and still clear. You could adjust the depth as necessary to get more clearance. (I trial-and-error'd this with a piece of cardboard so I could see it working in three dimensions. It's fussy, so I upped the difficulty level to 'intermediate') I added a handle from some old kitchen cabinets and a coat of paint. I love it. I'm a kid at heart, and who wouldn't love a secret passage in their house? Even my wife, who was skeptical (and was convinced it was going to fall over), is digging the sturdy, clean finish and functioning storage. Now I'm looking around for other areas to add similar projects, I'm sure you will spot a few in yours! Enjoy.

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Under-Stair Closet Organizer with False Wall

by Seaneman
Jan 18, 2014

We have a small closet under a staircase that we could never utilize because of its odd shape. While watching a movie, I saw a hidden passageway behind a bookcase and got the inspiration for my closet. Using some scrap plywood, some casters and hinges, I created my own closet divider. Stuff we only pull out twice a year goes to the back of the closet where the ceiling is lowest. My Shelf/ False Wall bisects the middle of the closet, and hinges open on casters like a door, allowing access to the back of the closet. The tricky thing was building the shelves with one side angled so it swings open or closed and clear the wall. I used about a 30 degree angle. You can easily see in the photos how it all works. I also had to mount the hinges in a spot where the shelves would snug against the ceiling and also fold away flat against the wall without hitting anywhere. There was just enough space to allow a 12" depth of shelves and still clear. You could adjust the depth as necessary to get more clearance. (I trial-and-error'd this with a piece of cardboard so I could see it working in three dimensions. It's fussy, so I upped the difficulty level to 'intermediate') I added a handle from some old kitchen cabinets and a coat of paint. I love it. I'm a kid at heart, and who wouldn't love a secret passage in their house? Even my wife, who was skeptical (and was convinced it was going to fall over), is digging the sturdy, clean finish and functioning storage. Now I'm looking around for other areas to add similar projects, I'm sure you will spot a few in yours! Enjoy.