Are you looking to maximize closet space without dealing with annoying wire shelving? Adding your own shelves is a quick and simple DIY project that will help you to organize your closet, whether it’s in a bedroom, hallway or even in the laundry room.
DIY Shelves in a Closet
My house has a TON of closet space. Every single room bar the bathrooms and kitchen has a closet. The hall, the office, the spare bedrooms, the dining room…and the master bedroom has TWO. This is great except for the fact that they have NO shelves.
I remember my Dad adding shelves to my closet when I was a kid. They were great for shoes and folded sweaters. So I gave a quick call to Ireland to run my ideas by him and I got the go ahead!
This is the EASIEST and CHEAPEST project ever. $22 dollars and 10 minutes = instant closet makeover and an easy way to maximize closet space. Not too shabby for a Monday evening! Plus it beats dealing with crappy wire shelving!
Figure out where you want the shelves to go and measure measure measure. The method that I am going to show you will only work where there are two walls on either side of the closet. They don’t have to be really deep, just deep enough for a shelf.
I measured the depth of the wall as well as the length of the back of the wall so that I could transfer that to the dimensions I needed for the shelves.
With measurements on hand, I headed to my nearest DIY store.
There’s two pieces you need for the shelves: cleats and the shelf itself. The cleats need to be the same measurement as the “depth” of the of the shelf and if you want extra support you may also choose to have cleat on the back of the shelf (my shelves would be pretty narrow and not holding a lot of weight, so I opted to just do cleats on the sides).
For the cleats you want 1 x 2 lumber. Since I was planning on making 3 shelves, I needed 6 cleats. For the shelves themselves, really any wood will do. I chose melamine as the coated surface is easy to clean and looks nice in a closet.
The lovely employees at the DIY store cut the wood according to my measurements. Instantly I had 3 shelves and 6 cleats and all for only $22!
Attaching the cleats to the wall is very straight forward. The most important thing is to use a spirit level! You don’t want crooked shelves! I just nailed the cleats right into the wall, but you could also attach anchors and screw them in. I also kind of just eyeballed the distance between the three pairs of cleats. If you really wanted to be specific, measuring the total height of the portion of the wall you’re working with would be important here.
Once the cleats were in place, I put the shelves on top. Again, you could screw the shelves to the cleats if you wanted to, but it’s not necessary.
And then the fun begins….putting everything on the shelves!
I had piles of shoes strewn all over my closet floor. Lucky for them they found a new home:
Now, I just need to figure out a plan of action for my other closet…