Modular Closet Organizer

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This organizer makes it easy to turn a chaotic closet into a clean, organized space. It’s made up of a couple of basic pieces: Two towers with adjustable shelves, and wide cubby. You can build it as shown here or, because it’s modular, arrange it in a different way to best suit your storage needs.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

1

Cut the Plywood Parts

Cut the plywood parts to size from 3/4"plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. You’ll need four Tower Sides, two Tower Tops, two Tower Bottoms, and ten Tower Shelves. You’ll also need to cut two Cubby Sides, one Cubby Top, one Cubby Bottom, and a Cubby Shelf. Because some of the parts are similar in size, be sure to mark them so you don’t get mixed up in later steps.

2

Create the Rails

Cut two Tower Rails and one Cubby Rail to length from a 1x4 board, as shown in the cutting diagram. With your pocket hole jig set up for 3/4" stock, drill pocket holes in the Tower Rail and the Cubby Rail, as shown.

3

Drill Pocket Holes in the Tower

With your jig set up for 3/4" stock, drill pocket holes in the inside face of the Tower Sides, as shown.

4

Add Shelf Pin Holes

Now you can create adjustable shelves for your towers by drilling holes for shelf pins. The best way to do this is with a shelf-pin jig. A jig makes it much easier to get consistent hole spacing, and to align the holes from side to side for level shelves. We used a shelf-pin jig made by Kreg. The illustration shows where to position the jig if you use this same one, as well as where to position the holes if you choose another method.

5

Start Tower Assembly

Sand the Tower Top, Bottom, and Sides as needed, and then assemble them, as shown, using 1-1/4" coarse-thread pocket hole screws.

6

Add the Tower Rail

Sand each Tower Rail as needed, and then install them, as shown, using 1-1/4" coarse-thread pocket hole screws.

7

Drill Pocket Holes in the Cubby

With your jig set up for 3/4" stock, drill pocket holes in the outside face of the Cubby Sides, as shown.

8

Add Shelf Pin Holes

Now drill holes for shelf pins in the inside face of the cubby sides. Again, measurements are shown for positioning jig, as well as for positioning the holes if you choose another method.

9

Start Cubby Assembly

Sand the Cubby Top, Bottom, and Sides as needed, and then assemble them, as shown, using 1-1/4" coarse-thread pocket hole screws.

10

Add the Cubby Rail

Sand the Cubby Rail as needed, and then install it, as shown, using 1-1/4" coarse-thread pocket hole screws.

11

Paint Prior to Installation

With the towers and cubby assembled, you can do any additional sanding needed, and sand the Tower Shelves and Cubby Shelf. Then, examine the front edges of all the pieces. There may be rough spots or voids in the plies. If so, fill them with wood filler or spackling compound, and then sand the edges smooth. After that, you can paint or finish all of the parts. It’s much easier to do before you install them in your closet.

12

Start Installation

To install your closet organizer, the first step is to remove any existing shelves or rods. Then locate and mark the positions of the wall studs. Next, you can install the Ledger. It’s just a 72"-long 1x4 board. Make sure your ledger is straight. You may want to paint it to match your wall color before installation. With that done, install the ledger so its top edge is located 12" above the floor. Make sure it’s level, and secure it by driving a #12x3" screw through the Ledger and into each wall stud.

13

Add the Towers and Cubby

Now you can mount the organizer. With a helper, position the first tower in the Ledger and make sure it’s plumb (straight up and down). Drive a #12x3" screw through the Rail and into a wall stud. If you can’t hit a stud, use heavy-duty wall anchors—two per tower and cubby. Then drive two 1-1/4" pocket hole screws though the Tower Bottom and into the upper edge of the Ledger. Pocket-hole screws are self-tapping, so you won’t need to pre-drill. You’ll probably have to drive the screws at a slight angle. Add the cubby next, and then the other tower. Finally, drive a couple of 1-1/4" coarse-thread pocket hole screws through the Cubby Sides and into the Tower Sides to tie the structure together. After that, you can hang closet rods where desired

14

Mount Closet Rods

Once the Organizer is in place, you can slip in the shelves. Then it’s time to add closet rods. We positioned them at fairly standard heights. On the right, the rod is positioned for long dresses and coats. On the left, the rods are positioned for shirts and jackets above, and folded hanging pants, as well as shirts, below. The center rod can hold shirts and pants, too. Just where you place your closet rods, and how many you add, is up to you depending on your storage needs.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

 (2) 3/4" Thick, Full Sheet, Plywood  
 (2) 1x4, 72", Board  

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Parts/Cut List:

(4) Tower Side, 3/4" ply x 15 3/4" x 70 1/2"  
(2) Tower Top, 3/4" ply x 15 3/4" x 11 1/2"  
(2) Tower Bottom, 3/4" ply x 15 3/4" x 11 1/2"  
(1) Tower Rail, 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 10"  
(10) Tower Shelf, 3/4" ply x 9 7/8" x 15 3/4"  
(2) Cubby Side, 3/4" ply x 15 3/4" x 22 1/2"  
(1) Cubby Top, 3/4" ply x 15 3/4" x 23 1/2"  
(1) Cubby Bottom, 3/4" ply x 15 3/4" x 23 1/2"  
(1) Cubby Rail, 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 22"  
(1) Cubby Shelf, 3/4" ply x 15 3/4" x 21 7/8"  
(1) Ledger, 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 72"  

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