How to Build a Simple Closet Organizer

Building a closet organizer is more time consuming than difficult. Building a simple piece of furniture to organize all of your clothes can also be very cheap, especially if you use cheaper materials such as plywood. A closet organizer is a very practical and easy way to arrange your clothes and other things, sorting them in such a manner that it is always easy to find what you need. You should take time to design the plan carefully and build the closet organizer properly so that it is sturdy and will not require repairs and maintenance too soon.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Timber
  • Stud finder
  • Hanging rods
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Bubble level
  • Graph paper
  • Pen
  • Wood glue

Step 1 – Plan Your Closet Organizer

Design the plan of your closet organizer on graph paper. Draw it to scale and write down the dimensions on the paper so you know exactly how much wood you need and how to cut it. The dimensions of your closet organizer will depend entirely on your individual preferences and requirements. Decide first where you want to locate the piece of furniture and measure the location accurately. A closet organizer can be a highly diverse modular unit. It can have shelves in it, hanging rods, shoe racks, drawers or cupboards or a mixture of any of these. Decide what you want your closet organizer to have and plan it out. Once you have completed the plans, purchase the required materials from your hardware store.

Step 2 – Find the Wall Studs

Since a closet organizer will typically be built into the wall, you will need to find the wall studs. Find the wall studs using a stud finder. You can find one of these at any well-stocked hardware store. Mark the location of the studs using a pen.

Step 3 – Install the Shelf Supports

Your plan should detail each section of timber that needs to be cut. Cut the side sections of the closet, the shelves and the supports. The supports which will hold the shelves will need to be nailed to the wall in the areas marked by the pencil showing the location of the studs. Do attach the supports to any other area of wall as the installation will not be strong enough and may cause damage to the wall. Once you have attached the shelving supports to the walls, you can continue installing the rest of the closet organizer.

Step 4 – Install Rods and Shelves

Install the rods and shelves as well as any side sections to your closet organizer. Use a combination of nails and wood glue for extra durability. Before you attach components in place, make sure that they are in the right location. Also, check to make sure that every horizontal surface is completely level before nailing it in place. Use a standard bubble level to check this.

Step 5 – Finishing Touches

You may want to stain or paint the wood for a finished effect. Before doing this, ensure that all of the surfaces and edges are completely smooth.