How to Build a Closet to Increase Your Storage
Not every home has enough storage space for your clothing, shoes, and boxes, but it’s fairly easy to build another closet to stash your belongings. Closet organizers provide a dedicated place for everything, so you don’t lose important items, but they also allow you to keep your bedroom neat and orderly. Below, we’ve outlined the essential steps for constructing a closet, DIY style.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Framing Nails
- Compound Miter Saw
- Drywall Compound
- Drywall Screws and Joint Tape
- Putty Knife
Preparing the Closet
First, figure out how many 2x4s you’ll need to frame the entire closet interior with wood. To attach the 2x4s to a concrete or steel wall, you can use a Ramset hammer.
Once the initial framing is complete, tape and mud the drywall to your interior using drywall compound. If there is any leftover sheet rock or exposed concrete, you can smoothen the surface with some plaster and a putty knife.
Building Closet Doors
Depending on where you’ve decided to build a closet, you may need to construct closet DIY doors as well. To assemble the doors, you should have at least seven 1x6 boards, an 8x4 sheet of plywood, a drill, screws, paint, an air compressor, a sander, a Kreg jig, and a closet door track.
First, use the Kreg jig to drill precise holes into the boards, and then attach the boards together with the screws so that they form the basic doorframe. Next, sand the boards so that they’re ready for painting, and then attach the plywood to the frame with some nails. You can either cut the plywood with a router to fit the frame perfectly, or just nail it to the back.
Finally, secure the door track to the top area of the closet, and screw in the rollers to the back of the door. Now, you have a clean closet space and a roller door, but you’ll probably still want to put in storage compartments and a rack for clothes.
Building a Closet Organizer
Depending on your budget and time constraints, it’s possible to buy premade closet organizers from a hardware store or build them yourself. Companies like ClosetMaid make it easy to put together shelving and drawers, so all you need is a hammer, level, and a drill. Just follow the instructions, drill the shelves together, and then slide in the drawers.
To complete the closet, you may want to lay down some carpeting or tile, especially if your new storage space is located in the basement or laundry room. Now, you’ll have a new place to stash your shirts, jackets, dresses, shoes, and other random knick-knacks. When all is said and done, building a new closet should not cost more than $500, and it can be completed over the course of a few weekends.