How to Build a Custom Closet for $100 - DIY Woodworking
Learn how to build a custom closet for $100 using two sheet of 3/4in plywood. One sheet for the center shelf and the second sheet for the top and side shelf. The video and guide below will show you how to use the space you have to organize and build shelving that fits your needs. Be sure to subscribe to keep up-to-date with my latest projects and DIY woodworking tutorials.
In this video you will use one 3/4in 4'x8' birch plywood to create this custom bedroom closet. The total cost for this build is about $100. Yep that is right, $100 amazing right. This video will show you the basics of closet shelf building. I believe anyone can build amazing things. Be sure do download the plans.
The closet design can be modified to fit most any standard home or bedroom closet. All you need to do is follow the basic building principles and instructions and you can have a custom closet for $100.
Make sure you take the time to research and know your space. There are two types of closets, reach-in and walk-in. This tutorial will show you how to make a custom reach-in closet. Why are closets called reach-in closets? Because you can access anything within the closet by reaching in with your arm and or hand. Most reach-in closets are 2 feet deep and 6-8 feet wide.
2 - 3/4in birch plywood (Can be purchased at your local hardware store)
1 - 1gal eggshell white paint
1 - Painting kit (Paint pan, rollers and brush on Amazon)
3 - Closet Pro HD CD-0010-WT Heavy Duty Closet Pole Sockets, White (on Amazon)
3 - Heavy Duty Closet Pole Rod, 72-Inch, White (on Amazon)
Wood glue (on Amazon)
Coarse 1 1/4in pocket hole screws (on Amazon)
320 grit sand paper sheets (on Amazon)
220 grit orbital sand paper disks (on Amazon)
You can build this closet on a budget. Below are two lists. The first list; Budget tool list is if you are on a budget and the premium list is if you are not on a budget. The only difference between the to lists is that the premium tool list will make production easier and save you time. In addition the premium tool list will give you the ability to make more projects later down the road as your skills develop.
Budget tool list
Premium tool list
Cut down your 4x8 sheets of plywood to the width of your shelves. Please reference the blueprints here for specific details.
Drill your pocket holes into each shelf. 2-4 pocket holes will work.
I would recommend that after you cut everything down and drill your pocket holes to start sanding everything. Sanding when everything is cut and flat will save time and make your life easier. You can sand by hand but I would recommend using an orbital sander to save time.
Paint your closet shelves. I would recommend laying everything flat and pain one side and let it dry over night and then pain the other side. Once both sides are painted you can move to step 5.
Glue and attach your shelves to the side of the supports. You will need you use your 24in clamp to hold everything in place. Please see the video as a reference.
Let everything sit over night to allow enough time for the glue to dry. Once everything is dry begin sanding the edges. You can use edge banding to cover the edges if you so desire. Please see my pantry video to see how I attached edge banding. Now you can paint the edges of the shelving unit
Installing your shelves is easy. All you need to do is find your placement in your closet and attach the unit to the walls. Be sure to check out the video on how I did this in my closet and if you have any questions please use the comments below.
Once your shelves are installed all you need to do now is add the hardware to hang your cloths. To do this you will need a tape measure, level and pencil.
Ok you are done you have built your very own custom closet. Take some time to enjoy all the things you learned and take a picture and share it on your favorite social network. Be sure to tag @philipmillerfurniture in the post.
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