After we finished building our house, another thing on our to-do list was to finish the closet organization and add built in shelving. I’m going to show you how we designed our closets, built all our custom shelving, and organized the spaces so you can draw some inspiration for your own home.
After we moved into our house we still had a lot of other finishing work to do, so the closets went to the bottom of the list. We had boxes of stuff piled high in every room, because we had nowhere to put it and organize it nicely. Built in shelving adds so much storage space to even the smallest closet, and is pretty easy to do if you have basic tools and skills. We finally finished up the closets this past month and I was able to unpack the rest of our boxes!
Bedroom Closet Organization
The two kids bedrooms have the same closet configuration. We used white melamine for all the shelving, and primed mdf for all the shelf supports. We added a center column with five shelves. On each side there are two closet rods for hanging clothes.
Linen and Front Hall Closet
Master Bedroom Closet
How To Build Your Own Custom Shelving
- Measure your closets and make a plan. You can find a diagram of the dimensions we used for our closets at the end of this post
- Measure your shelves and cut all your pieces. (You can do this in stages in case anything changes as you go!)
- Screw the shelf support pieces into the studs, making sure they are level. We did supports at the back and sides of the closets
- Install the upright pieces, making sure they are square to the wall
- Install the top shelf next. Pre-drill holes, then screw into the upright pieces from the top down
- Add the closet rods, then put the shelf pieces on top
- Finish off the shelving by pre-drilling from the sides through the upright pieces, and then screwing into the shelves