Do It Yourself Home Improvement: How To Build Your Own Closet Organizer System

Tips on ways you can organize your closet, to make finding clothing easier.

"A place for everything and everything in its place" sounds like a nice concept and you can make it a reality in your closet. An organized closet can help you find everything you need instead of going through piles of unorganized messes wasting hours. There is nothing worse than rushing to leave and not being able to find your shoes or your favorite sweater.

If you decide to do the work yourself you can save a lot more money than hiring a contractor. However, you will need to know basic carpentry and have some woodworking skills.

First, what is the shape of your closet? Is the shape just big enough to reach in, or is it big enough to walk-in, or is it an irregular size? This will give you an idea of how much space you have to work with and help you decide what organizers you will need for your closet. Start by assessing your needs. Do you have a lot of sweaters? If so, you will want to install shelves to hold these.

Shoe racks are nice to help hold your shoes. This keeps them paired up and you never have to search for a missing shoe again. If you have enough room in your closet you may want to make shelves (or bins) for your shoes. If you wear ties, a nice tie rack will help keep your ties close at hand. A belt rack helps organize your belts.

To give you more storage space, you can install a double row of rods to hang shorter items. You can hang shirts on the top row and pants on the bottom row. Hang one rod for taller items like dresses and coats.

Once you have decided on the design, start by removing any old material that is in the area of your new closet. Some tools that you will need include a stud finder, tape measure, level, drill, hammer, saw, and screwdriver.

Using your tape measure and stud finder, get the dimensions of your closet and the distance between studs. Consider if you are installing a free standing shelving unit that you will want to secure it to your walls if they will be bearing any type of heavy weight. Make sure they are attached to a wall stud. Mark your walls where needed. If you are going to build the shelves yourself, measure where your shelves are going to be. Using your level, mark a line to be a guide for the shelf brackets.

Cut the plywood for your shelves to the dimensions you have decided on. Sand the shelves and sides where needed. Apply primer and paint to your new shelves. Using your level, install shelving brackets to the studs. Attach your shelves.

On your wall, measure where you are putting your closet rod and mark the wall. Measure out twelve inches from the back of the closet and mark so you will know where the rod goes. If you decide to use the double rods, the lowest rod should be at least three inches lower than the bottom of the clothes on the top rod to give room for the hangers. Install your rods.

You may want some of your shelves enclosed. You can install pull out drawers to hold whatever you want to keep out of sight. If you want drawers, you can attach drawer runners to the side or bottom of your shelves or shelving unit.

Add a few finishing touches and your have a wonderful new organized closet. You can add baskets to be used as clothes hampers and include a stool to give you access to those hard to reach places.

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