Closet Organizer from One Sheet of Plywood

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Last fall, I went to Minneapolis somewhere between harvesting our winter's supply of moose and going on book tour.  I know, I'm terrible at telling you all these things!  I've been a bad bad blogger!

This was the final destination of the trip - Suite 700 of the Family Handyman Shop.  We (the Ram and I) are here to film project videos for Skil Tools!

The DIYer in me really had a tough time sitting in the hair and makeup chair, and I felt ridiculous wearing false eyelashes and lipstick to build.  Good news is the men were subject to the same torture.

Minus the eyelashes.

One of my most favorite projects from this weekend was this closet organizer system.  I know it's "just a closet" when you look at it, but here's what's really neat: It's built from exactly one sheet of plywood!  

Yes, a closet from ONE SHEET of plywood!

Wondering how to make a closet organizer system from one sheet of plywood? Check out this quick video for the step by step.

And of course, the diagrams and cut list follow if you are needing to organize some closet space on a budget!

Dimensions: 
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Dimensions: 

1 sheet ¾” plywood ripped into strips 15 7/8” wide, referred to as 1x16 boards throughout plan
Wood glue
4 closet rod sockets
4 wood closet rods in lengths needed for closet
2” wood trim screws
3” wood screws
Optional shelf pins for adjustable shelves

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
countersink drill bit
Cut List: 

2 – 1x16 @ 80” long (sides)
7 – 1x16 @ 15 ¾” (shelves)
5 – 1x16 @ 3” (wall cleats)

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General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Either have your hardware store rip your plywood into three easy to manage strips 8 feet long x 15 7/8” wide or use a table saw to rip plywood into strips 15 7/8” wide. These strips will be referred to as 1x16s in this plan. Then follow the cut list using a circular saw to cut 1x16s to needed sizes.

Step 2

Mark joint locations on insides and outsides with measuring tape and square. Predrill holes with a countersink bit. Apply glue at joint and attach shelves to sides.

Attach one cleat to top inside of closet, screwing through outsides and top to secure. When installing the closet, you can secure closet to wall by screwing through this cleat into a stud in the wall.

Summary: 

Free plans to DIY a closet organizer system from one sheet of plywood. Video tutorial and step by step instructions from Ana-White.com

Step 3

Additional shelves can be added same as main shelf OR a Shelf pin jig used to add adjustable shelves. If you go the shelf pin/adjustable shelf route, I recommend cutting the shelves down 1/4" so they fit inside easily.

Step 4

Locate studs in walls and mark. Attach wall cleats to wall using countersink bit and 3” screws, screwing into studs.

NOTES: If closet has a baseboard, use a jigsaw to cut notch out of back of closet system for baseboard.

Step 5

Measure and cut the closet rods. Install rod sockets with drill and measuring tape. Check rods for level with level.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

I love this and it's perfect timing as I'm looking for a closet organizer. But if I can suggest- when you're drilling those holes for the pegs on the inside of the closet with the pegboard as your guide please use a stop block- a small piece of wood with a hole for the drill bit, exactly the right height to stop the drill from going too deep into the wood. You can make one easily with scraps. Thanks again, Ana.

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