Closet Door with Storage

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About This Project


This was my first Ana White project, and I learned a lot from making it since I was also a novice woodworker. I am very happy with the end result, but it was probably a good thing that this went on the inside of a closet :) It gave me the confidence to go on and build something more difficult with the skills I built along with the storage.

The $30 estimate is only for the wood. Wood putty, sandpaper, screws, paint, etc. will make this more expensive, but you will use all of the extras on other projects since this one won't use those up.

The time involved is a guess--it has been a few months since I completed this. Someone with experience could probably do it faster and someone brand new to building might go slower. So I chose 3-6 hours, a nice in-between number.

Watch your caster size with carpet. That was my only snag with the instructions. Ana has hardwood floors that the casters roll on. I have carpet so I wanted larger wheels in order for smoother rolling. That added height to the caster also, so you want to modify the length of the sides of the storage unit to reflect the larger casters on carpet.

All in all a great plan and useful end result!

**UPDATE--January 30, 2012** We removed the casters from the bottom of this just yesterday and the door opens SO much easier. I would invest in some high quality casters and not the cheap ones I bought if you are going to use these. Without the casters I am only putting light things (stuffed animals) in this. If you are using it for heavier items, I would use the casters but make sure they readily turn. The casters I had did not want to turn as the door moved and they dragged on the carpet instead. Also, the overall height of your unit will depend on the height of your casters, so buy them first if you are going to use them. I still love this though!

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
White primer and white paint over that. I used the Zero VOC paint you can get at Lowes--I think it is Olympic brand.
Estimated Cost: 


I so love this. We are buying a house and I told my husband I wanted something like this on the pantry door because it's not a super big kitchen. You totally read my mind with's perfect!!

Congrats on your house purchase!  I love the extra storage this has given us in the room, it wasn't expensive to do, and it didn't take a lot of time.  Can't beat that!  Good luck :)

I must have missed this in my email...

If you click on the link to my blog, I talk about that a little. I would use much larger casters than what Ana did if you have carpet. I used the largest I could with Ana's dimensions and would have used even bigger if I hadn't already built it and the larger wouldn't fit (I hadn't thought ahead to that problem). Living with this for almost a year now and my fear is that since it does drag on the carpet a bit when the door is opened and closed, that eventually it will pull the storage off the door. I only did one door because of this and we don't open that side as much.

I have a feeling that the bigger casters would help, but make sure that you take a few inches off the height so you can fit it all! Also, our carpet is a very low pile--if you have a thicker pile I don't think this would work very well.
Hope that helps some :)

I wonder if you could take off the casters and replace them with wood and large carpet sliders? I haven't made this - yet ;) - but I got the impression that without the casters the extra weight from the shelf and 'stuff' would all hang on the hinges and could ultimately cause damage.

My dad actually made something very similar to this for my pantry doors. I put all of my spices, packets and little things in it. Mine is half the size and doesn't involove casters. Nice looking though!

I've thought of other places that I would like one of these--your idea sounds like a good one. I'm wondering if maybe I should build a modified version like you, and eliminate the casters in her closet. You've given me something to think about!

--and good luck with the shelving! I am finding out that little girls need LOTS of places to stash stuff :)

This is my first post since becoming a member, so I hope that I am not repeating something that someone may have stated in the past.
I think this is a terrific idea for an office or craft room in a closet. Just close the door when it is not in use.

Welcome to a helpful, friendly community! Those are both great ideas for this door storage unit :)

If you leave off the casters, you wouldn't have to make it shorter unless you wanted to. Leaving the casters off will leave "however tall your casters are" space at the bottom that won't reach the floor (I think Ana used 1.25" casters if I remember correctly, so her dimensions would leave that much room at the bottom).

I just updated my description the other day because we did just remove the casters. This was operating on carpet and the casters were dragging rather than rolling on the carpet and made it hard to open/close the door. I wouldn't go with the no-caster option if you plan on putting anything with weight in it though.

Hope that helps!

Thank you! The plan is Ana's and you can find it above if you click on the link that shows up (in pink as "Behind Closet Door Storage) after "From Plan".

Since the doors where the roller kind at top how did you get it to shut flush and stay when you took out one of the rollers?

The doors that I put this storage unit on were regular doors (not bifold) and they latched with a little ball on the top of the door that sits in a groove in the door casing when the doors are closed (if that makes any sense?!--hard to describe). I think Ana used this on a different kind of door, so you might want to ask that question in the comment section for that plan. Hopefully someone can help you out!! Here's the link for that post: