- Paint & paintbrushes
- Wallpaper (optional)
- 3 1x12x96” shelves
- Mitre saw or circular saw
- 2 sets of adjustable slotted shelving systems
- 1 set of 12” deep metal brackets
- Wall hooks
- Gift baskets
Did you know that a closet organizer can double or triple the storage space of a closet? Finding the right configuration is the key to success. The best closet organizers are easy to assemble and switch around as your needs or the seasons change. You can double your hanging space and add shelves or drawers for things that can’t be hung up.
Closet organizers range in price from $50 to $500 depending on finishes and styles.
If a true closet organizer is out of your price range, substitute inexpensive tall bookcases. Keep the top shelf in place and add hooks or closet rods instead of the middle shelves, just be sure to hang the closet rods flush with the front edge of the bookcase to allow for hangers to be hung without banging the back of the bookcase.
My closets have bi-fold doors. To me, bi-folds waste space because you can’t hang anything on the back of them and when you open them, the two doors never open wide enough to give you full access to the opening of your closet. When I found wood bi-fold doors at a yard sale, I decided to install them on my closet with hinges instead of using the bi-fold track.
If you are using MDF it’s important to use a pilot hole for every screw.
Using your charted plans draw the placement of everything on the walls of your closet with a pencil. Add marks where the Simpson angles will be by referencing the photo to the right. Most marks will be covered during construction. Any that aren’t can be erased or painted over when finished.
Using the plans you drew up with the help of last weeks post on Planning you are now ready to make a lumber shopping list using graph paper to figure the cuts and how many sheets of lumber you’ll need. Either 3/4 inch sheets of carpenters plywood or MDF can be used.
First draw blanks of 4’x8′ sheets of lumber to use to chart how many cuts you’ll need using full sheets of graph paper linked above or the 4’x8′ sheet shown on the right.
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Now that you’ve purged your closet of excess clothing, it’s time to make it more functional. Once complete you’ll be able to find the perfect top to go with your favorite pair of jeans without combing through the whole closet.Organizing and Color Coding
Almost everyone I polled for last weeks article on purging a closet said they organize their clothing in groups. Tops and dresses by sleeve length and bottoms by pant or skirt length. Others went a step further and colorized them. I’m in the later group. If I had my way every thing, other than nature, would either be color coded or alphabetized.
In the example on the right you can see I have sleeveless to short sleeve tops on the upper rod and three quarter to long sleeve tops on the bottom rod. Although I don’t wear every color of the rainbow, they are color coded. I use the color order from top down shown on the left side of the photo. Any color I don’t have, I skip.