Master Closet System

An entire closet system, for under $250 dollars.  

Author Notes: 

You have all been down the closet aisle to know what $200 can buy you for organization.  And I've been especially painfully aware of this over the last five years, sharing a four foot wide closet with the Ram, tucked behind the bedroom door, with a $200 closet organizer.  This closet to be specific.

And we STILL had to build it . . . if you know what I mean.
So we should know better than to budget a new closet for just $200.  Been there, done that, right?
Well, this one did run a tad over $200 - right at $230 using up some scrap 1/4" plywood for the drawer bottoms and we already had the screws, but we feel the extra $30 bucks - and the week of work - was definitely worth it.
Now SHE wants one too.
A few months back, our family sat down and decided to tackle projects that would make our personal home nicer and easier to keep clean.  So we made a list of all the problem areas in our home, and prioritized the list with the most painful at the top.  I thank you for being patient with me as we focus on our own home - already, I am feeling less overwhelmed and spending less time trying to figure out where I put something, or where to put something.
We've tackled the laundry room problem, the play table problem, the media center problem, the big girl room problem, and now the where to put our laundry problem (which has also solved our no entry closet and no linen closet problems because we've freed up space in our old closet) so next up is the kitchen/dining room problem.
So if you've also got a where to put laundry problem, this could be the post for you. This closet is highly customizable, and I would like to add several plans to the collection to help you get exactly what you need for your space.
Today we will tackle the towers, and I'll be adding plans for the drawers and cubbies and more shortly.
And real quick - here is a breakdown of the supplies
4 sheets of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood cut into strips 15 3/4" wide ($156)
(took the scraps, ripped in half, and made the drawers for free  :)  )
4 - Wood Rod Pockets ($6)
2 - 6' Wood Dowels ($8)
6 - 16" Drawer Slides ($24)
1 - Can of Paint with Primer ($25)
2 - 2x4 @ 12 feet long ($8)
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long ($4)
Total Spent: $131
Shopping List: 

3/4" plywood or MDF cut into 15 3/4" wide strips, 8 feet long (referred to as 1x16 boards)

1 1/4" Wood Dowels
1 3/8" Rod Pockets
2x4s for the footer
2x2s for shelf supports if desired
2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
level
countersink drill bit
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!

Dimensions: 
16" deep x 75 1/2" tall - customizable width
Cut List: 

Because this plan should be customized to fit your space, only cut lists for the tower is given.  Drawer and cubby plans will fit in this tower plan.

2 - 1x16 @ 72"
5 - 1x16 @ 14 1/2"
Step 1: 

Build your tower boxes as shown above. We used 2" finish nails and glue - but the Kreg Jig™ or 2" screws countersunk would work fine too. The main thing is (if you are using drawers or are building a large closet) that the towers need to be very square. You can make the top shelves adjustable with shelf pins, but it is important that the middle shelf be fixed, as something needs to keep the tower square in the center.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Once you have your tower(s) built, use rod pocket holders (1 3/8" diameter openings) with wood dowels (1 1/4" diameter) cut to length. We choose not to paint the dowels, as the wear of hangers sliding along the dowels would surely remove the finish. Make sure to leave enough room for your clothing to hang smoothly - especially if you add shelves in the next step.

Step 3 Instructions: 

The middle shelf is really not necessary, but the top and bottom shelves are - as we will be adding a footer in the next step and there is a TON of valueable storage space on the top :) Cut these to length. We used the Kreg Jig™ to fasten these shelves in place, and also added 2x2s as supports (good ole warped plywood really needed the extra bracing). Again, make sure that you are leaving enough room for your clothes to hang.

Step 4 Instructions: 

The main reason we choose to add a footer was to elevate the closet above the baseboard. Also, you can inset the footer slightly for a toekick. We also liked the elevated height because that little bit of height separates the closet from the floor (and the majority of dust and dirt).

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.
Finish Used: 
Behr Swiss Coffee in Satin
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Weatherly Outdoor Loveseat

An outdoor loveseat project plan featuring X back, double cushions, and an armless design that works with the Weatherly Sofa to create a dream sectional.  Uses standard 24" x 24" deep seat cushions, available everywhere.

Author Notes: 

While the paint dries on the sofa, thought I would post the loveseat plans for you all looking for ways to add comfort and style to your patios and decks this summer.

I am so glad that I built the sofa - made quite a few mods and changes to make this set of plans easier to build and stronger.  Also, this set of plans is highly inspired by Pottery Barn's Weatherby Sectional, but because 30" x 30" cushions are very very expensive, I opted to use standard 24" x 24" cushions.  If you can find the 30" x 30" cushions, you can easily modify this plan to fit those cushions.  I might suggest adding a center leg for added support if you do choose to use larger cushions.  Another big change from Pottery Barn's Weatherby Sectional is I made this plan to be standard seating height - so this could work as a bench at a table.
Later this week when I post the Sofa plans (with photos yay!) I'll go into more details.  Also, for those of you looking for something a tad simpler . . . I've got one more outdoor lounge collection in the works that I hope to post next week, so stay tuned for that.
Got a paint brush with my name on it, so gotta run.  Have a great day!
Shopping List: 

3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long (slats)

3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 
4 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet or stud length
2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
level
countersink drill bit
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!

Dimensions: 
Dimensions for the full sectional are shown above. Step 1 shows loveseat dimensions.
Cut List: 

4 - 1x2 @ 20 13/16" (both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends parallel to each other)

8 - 1x2 @ 10 3/8" (both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel to each other)
4 - 2x2 @ 12 1/8"
2 - 2x3 @ 45"
1 - 1x2 @ 45"
2 - 2x2 @ 33 1/2"
2 - 2x6 @ 45"
2 - 2x6 @ 23"
2 - 2x2 @ 13"
2 - 2x2 @ 45"
9 - 1x3 @ 23"
Step 1: 

Designed to fit standard 24" x 24" cushions, this loveseat is 48" wide, 33 1/2" tall (without finials) and 27" deep overall.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Start by taking all four longer back pieces and nailing two of the shorter pieces to them as shown above with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. You should end up with a total of four of these.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Then make Xs out of the pieces from step 1. Attach with glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Now add the sides. This is not super structurally important, so I glued and nailed mine - and there was no issue. You could use the Kreg Jig™ - but the pocket holes are going to cross, and I had some issues with screws overlapping. You will need to drill your pocket holes in the 2x2s in this step

Step 5 Instructions: 

OR you could drill all of the pocket holes in the 2x3s - that's what I ended up doing because my screws were crossing. Set your Kreg Jig™ for 1 1/2" stock and use 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Now attach the top with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 7 Instructions: 

And the legs. Shown above is the Kreg Jig™ pocket holes, but you could also use 2 1/2" screws countersunk from the legs (That's what I ended up doing, and it worked great!)

Step 8 Instructions: 

Now the sides - use the Kreg Jig™ as shown above or again, 2 1/2" screws countersunk with glue.

Step 9 Instructions: 

And the front legs. Use the Kreg Jig™, set for 1 1/2" stock and 2 1/2" screws. TIP: If you find your boards splitting out on you, sometimes using a shorter screw of setting your Kreg Jig™ for smaller stock (for example, 3/4" stock and 1 1/4" screws) can minimize the splitting.

Step 10 Instructions: 

And finally the front.

Step 11: 

Now the cleats.

Step 12: 

And finally lay the slats.

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.
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Hailey Hutch for Twin and Full Beds

The hutch for the Hailey Storage Bed Collection.  Plans show both full and twin sizes.  Please note that this hutch is designed for a very tight fit around the bed, and you should measure your headboard and bed width before building to ensure enough space around the bed.

Author Notes: 

We couldn't be more pleased with Grace's Hailey Bed

But we have decided not to do the towers and hutch because of the room size - but I sure am looking forward to seeing someone else add towers and a hutch over their Hailey Bed.  Please, give a shout if you would like to see more plans in this collection.
Shopping List: 

2 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long

1 - sheet 1/4" plywood, hardboard, beadboard or other backing material
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 1/4 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
level
countersink drill bit
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!

Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above for a full size. Twin dimensions are shown in plan.
Cut List: 

Full Size Cut List

2 - 1x12 @ 54 3/4"
7 - 1x12 @ 10 1/2"
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 54 3/4" x 12"
2 - 1x2 @ 54 3/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 9 3/4"
1 - 1x3 @ 54 3/4"
Twin Size Cut List
2 - 1x12 @ 39 1/4"
5 - 1x12 @ 10 1/2"
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 39 1/4" x 12"
2 - 1x2 @ 39 1/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 9 3/4"
1 - 1x3 @ 54 3/4"
Step 1: 

As with most storage, start by building a simple box. As this is fully framed with plywood on the back, if you have a nailer handy, go ahead and nail this one (with glue of course and 2" finish nails). You can also use screws. Adjust for square.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Now add the plywood back with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Trim the front out as shown above with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 

And now the sides.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Finally, a little piece of crown will help the hutch tie in with the towers and match the headboard plans.

Step 6 Instructions: 

If you are building a twin size, here are the dimensions. Make sure you measure your bed - as this is a very tight fit.

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.
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