Behind Closet Door Storage
Claim two extra square feet in your closet with this amazing easy plan!
It's taken me weeks to get the courage to share the closet of a three year old with the world, but it's taken me months to take what was just a clever idea and turn it into . . .
Here's the bottom. You can see how I simply built bookshelves, attached them to the inside of existing closet doors, put the doors on hinges, and added a couple extra square feet of storage to a tiny closet. Oh, those hooks are Command hooks from 3M - So easy to use, I love them!
When open, the doors opens completely flush, giving you the most room to access the inside of the closet (as long as there is not a wall or something in the way). No those are not my bookcases (the saggy white ones), they are the last of the flat pack particle board furniture that I have in my home.
When closed, the bookshelves sit in the door frame, taking up what used to be completely wasted space. And in a house the size of mine, with exactly three closets, every square inch of a closet is prime real estate.
These are super easy to install. Simply remove the bifold door hardware and attach the bifold doors with standard hinges as shown in the photo
The weight of the doors rests on wheels, so you can load the doors up. In one closet door, I was able to store ALL of Grace's books.
Think of the possibilities - pantry items, toiletries, towels, accessories, and did anyone mention shoes?
And best of all? I can close the doors live my dream of a simple, bare home, free of clutter. No one (besides you, my friends) would ever know what's behind my closet doors. All for around twenty bucks a door!
So wanna make your own? Here's how I did. You will need to alter your shelves to your own closet specifications. So get your measuring tape out!
Heavy duty hinges
four caster wheels
Anchoring bolts for hollow core doors
The success of this project greatly depends on building square, and installing level and square with a square closet opening.
Cut your boards to fit your closet and closet doors.
First, measure your closet doors. If they are a standard 24″ wide, you will need to subtract 5 1/2″ to get a total door shelf of 18 1/2″ wide. That means all of the shelves will need to be cut at 17″ wide.
Measure the overall height of the doors and subtract two inches. Cut two 1x6s to this length. You will also need to cut as many shelves as desired to the shelf width (in my example, 17″ wide). Also cut 1×2 shelf trim to the shelf width, one more than the number you cut for shelves.
Basically, you just build a shelf, as shown above, out of 1x6s. You have to make the shelf 5 1/2″ narrower than the closet door so that it has room to swing when opening and closing.
Then you attach the 1x2s as shelf trim and supports. I used my Kreg Jig™ to build Grace’s closet doors, but you could also simply use 2″ wood screws countersunk. Don’t forget the glue.
Then you attach the caster wheels to the bottom. You only need two caster wheels per door. I use 1 1/4″ caster wheels. Those are the pocket holes I used to build the shelf with.
Remove all hardware from the closet opening. Now you can either attach the door to the shelf and then attach with hinges or attach the door to the hinges and door jamb, and then attach the shelf to the door . . . I did both, both worked.
You may need to add a magnetic clasp to keep the doors closed. Is it horrible that I am considering a barrel latch? I guess I’ve picked up the 120 piece play food set one too many times
So what do you think? Am I a little storage obsessed?