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Custom Closet Shelving: A How-To | Killer b. Designs



Custom Closet Shelving: A How-To

The amazing thing about choosing a semi-finished build is that you can get exactly what you want in your home without paying out the ears. But the downfall? Having to find the time to do it all yourself, and deal with the chaos in the meantime! For too long this bath closet had a giant pile just dumped on the floor. It wasn’t the best spot for a door, since they’d just bump into each other all the time and cause problems. So we finished out the jamb with cedar 1×6 trim, and I got to work planning some built in shelves. Here’s how we did it:

• 1 sheet 3/4″ ply, ripped in four 24″ strips (or however deep your closet is)
• 4 – 1x2x8 furring strips
• 1 – 1x2x8 select pine

Cut List:
• 8 – 1 x 2 @ 24″ (the depth of my closet)
• 4 – 1 x 2 @ 43″ (the length of my closet)
• 4 – 3/4″ ply @  24″ x 43″ (shelves)
• 4 – 1 x 2 @ 24″ (the length of the open portion of the closet – cut to fit)

Step 1

I cleaned out the closet and planned where I wanted the shelves.


Step 2

I marked my walls at the heights for the shelves, measuring every two feet. I also located where my studs were.


Step 3

Using glue and the nail gun, we attached the 1×2’s into the wall with 2 1/2″ nails, hitting the studs where we could. This acts as a cleat to support the shelf sides.


Step 4

Starting from the bottom shelf we placed the plywood over the cleats and secured them with 1″ nails. It’s kind of a bear to fit them in such tight quarters, but after about 15 minutes they were all in.


Step 6 

Then I measured the front section and attached the trim with 1″ nails and glue. Now it’s just time for a little paint and the bathroom is ready! So, what do you think, are custom shelving units in closets easier than you thought? I think so! For about $40 I’ve got ample space for towels, toiletries and medicines. Plus enough space at the bottom for dirty laundry. It’s great!



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