http://ikkemunandar.blogspot.com /2013/01/small-closet-organizer-plans.html">small closet organizer design provided a lot of storage for a narrow closet but it may be a little too complex for some to build. This new design is easier and cheaper to build. If you use MDF you can organize your closet for around $50. It doesn't provide as much shelf storage but it still has plenty of double hang as well as long hanging space and shelves for shoes and sweaters. With a closet this small you're going to need a dresser to store folded clothes anyway so that much shelving isn't as important.
If your current closet only has a typical single rod and single shelf you can see how much space gets wasted. With a little bit of wood and a few hours of time you can dramatically increase the space utilization of your closet. If you've been dealing with a small 3'-4' closet you know how important it is to squeeze as much extra storage as possible.
Good shoes are expensive and just tossing them on your closet floor increases the likelihood they get damaged. Shoe shelves help protect the investment you've made in your shoes.
Providing space for long garments is also important and this organizer allows you room to hang up some of those long dresses or coats so you don't have to run to another room for them.
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You can customize the dimensions of these plans to better suit your needs just keep in mind these general guidelines. The shelving unit needs to be 42" tall to be able to hold the double hanging rod. Women's shoes generally need about 7" of width, mens shoes 9" and sweaters and other folded clothing 12". Every body is different so measure how much space your clothes take and see if you need to customize the plan to get more efficient use.
What You'll Need
- http://ikkemunandar.blogspot.com /2012/10/how-to-cut-plywood-with-circular-saw.html">Circular saw with guide or table saw
- Jig Saw
- http://ikkemunandar.blogspot.com /2012/10/which-kreg-pocket-hole-jig-to-buy.html">Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Kreg Shelf Pin Drilling Jig (Optional but recommended)
- Measuring Tape
- (5) ~12" x 14" Shelves 3/4" Plywood
- (2) ~12" x 9" Shoe Shelves 3/4" Plywood
- (2) ~12" x 42" Shelving Unit Sides 3/4" Plywood (See Cut Plan for exact shape)
- (1) 24" Rod Support 1x4 Board (or whatever the depth of your closet is)
- (2) 14" Stretchers 1x4 Board
- (2) 18" Shoe Shelf Supports 1x2 Board
Step 1: Cut Lumber and Finishing
You may also want to increase the 4" to 6" or so for a little extra flexibility in positioning the lower rod.
Step 2: Attach Top to Side
Step 3: Attach Bottom Shelf To Side
Step 4: Attach Stretchers To Side
Step 6: Attach Other Side
Step 7: Drill Shelf Pin Holes
For each set of holes use the same reference point. For example start all sets of holes by resting the bottom of the jig against the bottom shelf.
If you don't have a pocket hole jig you can either screw the shelves in directly using pocket hole scres or you can manually mark and drill the holes for the shelf pins. 1-1/4" spacing 2" from the front and back should do it.
Step 8: Move Existing Rod and Shelf
Start by trying to remove the top shelf. Run a utility knife around the edges where the shelf meets the walls and 1x4s to break any paint that might be helping keep them together. Use a prybar to lift the top shelf off. If it's not coming up easily check for any screws and unscrew them.
Step 9: Install Shoe Shelf Supports
Draw two level lines on the side wall, one 7" up and the other 14-3/4" up from the floor. (Or more or less depending on how high your shoes are.) Use these lines as a guide to align the tops of the 1x2 boards and drill or nail them into the studs on the side wall.