Closet Makeover

Cristy Gies

Cristy Gies

Designer and Founder - DIYGirlfriend

A messy closet is a dysfunctional closet. Without organization it is easy to lose track of what you do and don’t have. Shoes can become hidden, and clothes can become wrinkled. This is an even bigger challenge in smaller closets but, with a little bit of work and the addition of some shelves you can help that small closet function better for you.

One of the best ways to organize your closet is with a variety of shelves and hanging racks. Many stores sell organization systems that you can customize and install but, they come with a hefty price tag. Some of the off-the-shelf systems can feel flimsy or just cheap. Others can be very complex and the thought of installing them can be overwhelming.

That is why this week, in our final installment of the bedroom makeover, we are going to show you how to build your own shelves and create your own hanging system. In our tutorial we are using wood which will give you a solid rack system that will last.

Let’s get started!

Here is What you will need:



You can find these items in any local home improvement store. At the bottom of this article we have provided some links to make locating these items easier.

Watch the video below to get started on your accent wall.

Or you can follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Prep the closet

Step 2: Plan out the design of the closet

DIYG Tip: To make sure the closet will be functional and meet the requirements, measure and cut masking tape to draw out the design on the closet walls.  This allows you to adjust the length and width of clothes rods, shelves, etc… before actually buying and cutting the materials.

Step 3: Build closet shelves

DIYG Tip: To make sure you don’t drill too deep, put painters tape on the drill to mark where you need to stop drilling.  See video for example. 

Step 4: Build support for clothes rods

DIYG Tip: Prior to attaching the 2nd clothes rod socket, put the clothes rod in the sockets and adjust the height of the 2nd socket to make the clothes rod level.  Once level, mark the holes for the 2nd socket

Step 5: Install top shelf of closet

DIYG Tip: If a little bit of paint topcoat paint seeped through the tape you can use a small paint brush and touch it up with your base coat paint

Step 6: Install baseboard and trim

Step 7: Install Shelves

Step 8: Final Touches

Enjoy your new Closet


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