This versatile DIY closet organizer can help structure your stuff inside of a normal closet or provide extra storage space outside of it.
This project by Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern could also serve as a dressing station or valet. Follow Ben’s step-by-step tutorial to build this DIY closet organizer for your home.
DIY Closet Organizer
- ¾ in. Plywood
- (2) 8 ft. 2 x 4s
- 1⅝ in. and 2 in. Finish screws
- ¾ in. Iron pipe and flanges
- 12 in. by 48 in. Mirror
Download a PDF schematic of this project here.
Step 1: Pick the plywood
I had the nice Home Depot associates rip a 4 ft. by 8 ft. sheet of plywood into three strips. Not only does this save me the time from doing it myself on my table saw, it also makes it easier to fit the wood in my car.
Step 2: Cut the plywood to length
I cut the plywood into the lengths shown in the drawing. I used my circular saw but this could also be done with a compound miter saw
Step 3: Cut the 2 x 4s to length
I used my circular saw to cut the 2x4s
Step 4: Screw the plywood together
I screwed the biggest piece of plywood to a piece of 2 x 4 and then screwed the second biggest piece of plywood to that same piece of 2 x 4.
Step 5: Screw on the shelves
I screwed the plywood shelves in place using pieces of 2 x 4 as supports.
Step 6: Sand down the edges
I used my orbital sander and a sanding sponge to round over the rough plywood edges.
Step 7: Screw on the mirror
The mirror that I bought from The Home Depot came with hardware that I screwed to the plywood.
Step 8: Add clothes hanging bar
I used a scrap piece of wood and some duct tape to help hold a piece of ¾ in. pipe with flanges on each end in place while I screwed it to the plywood and wall. I used a 3-foot long pipe, but longer or shorter pipes would also work.
Step 9: Add hooks
I add some large coat hooks and small eye hooks.
Step 10: Add optional shelf
I had some scrap plywood and 2 x 4 left over so I made an additional shelf that fit underneath the bar.
Ben Uyeda is a designer, lecturer, and entrepreneur focusing on the field of affordable and sustainable design. See his designs and DIY projects on his blog, HomeMade Modern.