Closet Organized!!!

Submitted by ferbit on Sat, 11/06/2010 - 19:51

So excited to have this finished!!!  I used Ana's 'Simple Closet Organizer' plan as a starting point and then went a little nuts.  :)  If you read the comments below the plan, a wonderful, professional closet designer gave some fantastic tips and then another person shared

So I plugged all of the dimensions into the Easy Closets website and here is the plan I drew up based on its recommendations and my daughter's needs.  :)  She has three usable walls.

This was also my very first time using my Kreg Jig.  I got it for my birthday months ago, but wasn't sure which project to "learn" on.  :)  I did quite a few tests on scrap before starting.  Melamine coated particle board is SLIPPERY stuff so have LOTS and LOTS of clamps or your joints will not be square.  Wow! 

I got the chrome closet rods at The Container Store – so cheap and they'll cut them to size for you!  Like $3~ a rod!?  In the photos below, I'm using large, plastic closet rod flanges that I found at Orange, but I have some pretty chrome (peg-friendly) flanges already ordered from Amazon.  They're really cheap too! They will fit the 1-inch diameter rods I bought much better than the plastic ones and are made specifically for the pre-drilled 32mm closet boards.  :)  Yay!

Only other thing I did differently was use 1x4 boards to square the closet boxes up.  I just cut them to the same width as the shelves and pocket-screwed them into the very top and very bottom of each box.  Then I painted them to match her purple wall color.


Anyhoo, here is the finished closet!  Thank you Ana!  I would never have done this if you hadn't have posted that plan!  Totally inspired me!  Can't wait do do our master closet!  EEEK!




Sun, 11/07/2010 - 19:52

It looks so great and functional!  You can't even see the support pieces and I completely understand your frustration with the kreg jig and the melamine panels!  Now you just need to make her a cute little stool--or help her make one--to reach the top shelves!  Thanks for sharing your finished product!

P.S.  I have the boards cut out for my closet shelves!


Mon, 11/08/2010 - 08:20

There are 1x4 horizontal supports in the backs of each "cabinet."  One at the top and one at the bottom.  Then I drilled through those into studs to mount them onto the walls.  You hardly notice them because I painted them the color of her wall, but if you look closely in the first photo, you can see one of them behind the top rack of hanging clothes.


The 1x4's also give each cabinet great structural support and really "squares" things up nicely.  :)


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 20:10

This looks GREAT! Your daughter looks so happy with it too! Laugh