This DIY tutorial for easy closet shelves will transform that empty corner of your into the most organized space in your home! Double your closet shelving space with this simple project that you can do in a few hours.
DIY Closet Shelves
I’ve got a nursery update for you today! Last weekend we added some simple melamine shelves to the baby’s closet to make it more functional. There’s only so much baby stuff you can hang, so shelves are a must-have. These DIY Closet Shelves are probably the easiest DIY you will ever do – only take about 20 minutes to complete once you have everything cut – and add so much functionality to a basic closet.
We started with a very basic closet with a recessed area. There’s 1 rail that spans the width of the closet and one shelf above that. Definitely not enough shelving for all baby’s stuff.
What You’ll Need for These DIY Closet Shelves
- Melamine cut to the depth and width of the recessed portion of the closet.
- 1×2’s or 1×3’s to act as supports (or cleats if you will)
- Nail gun or a good ol’ fashioned hammer and nails.
- Level (to make sure everything is as straight as possible)
We had our melamine cut to size at Lowe’s so that was one less step to have to do at home. If they offer it as a free service you may as well use it, right?!
By the way, the rug I ordered arrived but it’s the wrong size. Typically, they are now out of stock so I’m on the hunt for something similar :-(
If you are looking to invest in new tools this year and you already own the basics, I can’t recommend a nail gun enough. We use ours all the time and love it.
Start by figuring out exactly where you want your shelves. Using your level, draw a straight line with a pencil so you know where to nail your first support. We chose to just attach the supports to the side walls since the shelves aren’t too large. If you have a bigger space you may want to run a support along the back, too.
Always check for level a last time before nailing in place.
Once the supports are in place, pop your melamine boards on top. You can let them simply rest on the supports or nail them in place. We nailed them down so that the kiddos don’t accidentally pull them out one day.
That’s it! So easy, right? You can paint the supports before or after they are installed, of course. That’s still on my to-do list :-)
The extra shelves make this closet so more functional! Unfortunately, our walls are not even remotely level so there’s minute gaps. But as long as the shelves are well supported it won’t be an issue.
I’ve just started going through all Cian’s baby clothes and washing them. I can’t believe he was ever that small…but it’s so nice to have all these clothes ready to go!
Most of the furniture for this room will be delivered by the end of this week so I’m super excited to really get everything organized and finished in here. The little man will be here before we know it and I want everything perfect for him!