Storage & Organization
21 Cheap Closet Updates You Can DIY
Contrary to what you may believe, it’s NOT impossible to get more storage space out of your closet. These simple, inexpensive DIY updates will do just that.
Build closet shelves that double your storage space (really!) with these plans. Take your closet real estate to its full potential and store twice as much stuff in a more organized way. Get the step-by-step plans for building these twin shelves here.
Belt and Other Hang-Ups
Pack Seasonal Clothing
One simple way to make extra closet space is to store seasonal clothing and accessories somewhere else, leaving you more space for the items you need now. Put clothes, accessories, shoes and purses in a vacuum storage bag—you’ll be surprised how compact it all becomes once the air is removed. Insert a list of what’s in each bag where you can read it, so you can locate something if you find you need it unexpectedly. Store the bags in your attic, under your bed in a self-made storage box, or in another accessible place.
Closet Nook Shelves
Wire shelves are available in a variety of widths. Measure the width and depth of the space. Then choose the correct shelving and ask the salesperson to cut the shelves to length for you. Subtract 3/8 in. from the actual width to determine the shelf length. Buy a pair of end mounting brackets and a pair of plastic clips for each shelf.
Fix Stubborn Bifold Doors
Tired of bifolds that don’t work right? Learn how to adjust a door that’s always sticking, trim a door that binds, repair a broken corner and tighten annoying handles that keep coming loose. Click here for everything you need to know to do this project yourself.
Add-On Clothes Rod
Use Boxes or Baskets for Smaller Items
Everyone has a few smaller items they need to store, such as accessories, jewelry items or knit hats. Left on a shelf, they can look untidy, so buy some matching boxes or baskets to house all these bits and bobs neatly. Most come in multiple sizes, so you can make a feature of them in your closet. You can even nest smaller boxes inside larger ones to save space.
Shoe Storage Booster Stool
Don’t have floor space to spare? Build these super simple wall-mounted shoe organizers instead!
2-Day DIY Closet System
This simple shelf-and-rod system will bring order to your cluttered closet and double the storage space. We’ll show you everything you need to build this organizer. No more excuses! In just two days, you’ll have an organized closet. Get the full plans here.
One Place for Storing Scarves
There are dozens of ways to store scarves. You want to be able to find them quickly, but your choice of closet storage depends on whether you want them hidden away or to make a feature of them. Rolling them keeps them compact, and they can then be stored in a cubbyhole, or placed in dividers in a drawer. Use shower curtain rings on a sturdy hanger, or make your own scarf hanger (part of a collection of great storage tips, so scroll down to it!) to hold several at a time. These can be stored on hanging rods or hooks attached to your closet wall.
Install Wire Shelves
Here, a professional installer shares his knowledge about how to install wire shelving. Make your job go faster and look better with these tips for leveling, supporting and cutting wire shelves.
Double-Decker Closet Rod
Locate studs on the back wall of the closet with a stud finder. Then attach metal brackets to the studs. Use a level to align the brackets along the top. Space the brackets no more than 32 in. apart. Need even more storage? Check out these easy ways to expand your closet space.
Turn Your Hangers
Find out how to get rid of anything.
Adjust Your Bypass Door
Fix sticking or badly aligned bypass closet doors in 15 minutes using this simple adjustment technique. It costs nothing. Click here to learn how to do it yourself.
Don’t throw those cardboard wine dividers in the recycling bin just yet! If you struggle to keep shoes organized in your child’s closet, try inserting those dividers into a basket or tub and use it as a clever DIY shoe storage solution.
If you really want to get storage containers out of the way, try putting storage containers on the garage ceiling.
Ironing Board Storage
Keep your imagination moving and check out these garage storage ideas.
DIY Tiered Hangers
Two-Story Closet Shelves
We cut the supports 16 in. long, but you can place the second shelf at whatever height you like. Screw the end supports to the walls at each end. Use drywall anchors if you can’t hit a stud. Then mark the position of the middle supports onto the top and bottom shelves with a square and drill 5/32-in. clearance holes through the shelves. Drive 1-5/8-in. screws through the shelf into the supports. You can apply this same concept to garage storage. See how to build double-decker garage storage shelves here.
Closet Glove Rack
Build Your Own Melamine Closet Organizer
Walk through the closet aisle at any home center and you’ll see lots of closet organizers-everything from wire shelving systems to ones that look like real wood cabinetry with all kinds of fancy accessories. And while these systems are designed to work in just about any type of closet, you can get a fully custom closet organizer—and possibly even save a few bucks—by building one yourself. Here’s how we built ours using melamine panels, plus some tips on building your own.