Building a closet on a budget

I bet that you were in the situation of finding the long-lost shirt in your closet. And you were thrilled as the day you bought it. And you found it on the hanger under that sweater you did not wear for a year. Which was under that jacket you did not touch last six months. That was covered with that old scarf.

Let’s be honest, there is never enough space in the wardrobe. One day I spent hours trying to find my favorite pair of jeans in that pile of clothes. Being on the edge of a nervous breakdown, I finally decided to do something about that. I took everything out of the closet, canceled all the plans that I had for the weekend and started my own DIY closet project.

If you are not confident in your craftsmanship, you should consider hiring home improvement company.

have fun while making your new closet!
If you are tired of the constant mess in your wardrobe, you should consider making one that fits your needs.

Getting started

Now that you finally decided to organize your clothes, there is some prep work you should do. Above all, take everything out. And I mean EVERYTHING.
Either you are going to build a wall-to-wall or a walk-in closet, you should know three important things before starting:

  • It will make your life much more simple
  • You will not spend a fortune
  • It will be fun!

Get rid of all things you do not need

First of all, you need to get rid of all that stuff you were skipping for the last year. In short, all seasons have passed, and if you did not wear it then you do not need it. Find empty boxes, or big bags and start with categorization. My suggestion would be to make separate piles of all clothes from the same category (e.g. all shirts on one pile, all jackets on the another, etc). This way you will get a more clear view of what should keep, and what should go. And try not to be sentimental but realistic.

Once you pick all the stuff you do not need anymore, you should put it in the boxes or bags. Make sure that all that clothes are clean and dry, as you going to put it to good use. In other words, everything you do not need, you should donate to charity. Not only you will be the responsible part of the community, but it will also make you feel great.

Make a sketch of your new closet

You do not need to be a professional designer for this one. But you should be precise. Take measurements of the space where you will fit in the new closet in order to use every possible inch. Make sure you plan compartments for every category of your clothes. This implies shelves, hangers, drawers, shoe compartments, mirrors, and whatever else comes to your mind. If you are having trouble with this part, use the internet as it is full of DIY ideas which will spark your creativity. You can also use manufacturer Web sites in order to get free help with designing where you can put your measurements and get design plans.

Get necessary supplies

Be sure that you have all tools, materials and other necessary things you will use during the closet build. It is important to plan your new closet to the smalls detail, so there are no setbacks once you start building. You can find everything you need at the local hardware store, or you can have your material delivered using online DIY shops.

I am assuming that you are going to need quite a lot boars for doors, side panels, and shelves. My advice would be to buy pre-cut boards. Once you choose material and design print, give measurements and quantity to the store staff and ask for cutting service. Maybe you will spend few extra bucks, but it will drastically reduce building time. Here is a list of what you should have before you start this DIY project:

  • Tools – electric screwdriver with the corresponding heads, hammer, tongs, tape measure, scalpel, hand saw, nail gun, spirit level
  • Building supplies –  pre-cut boards, wood glue, tape, screws, nails, hooks and hangers, hinges, connectors, plates and other metalwork
  • Safety equipment – cut-resistant gloves, eye/face protection, first aid kit

Now let’s put everything together

The assembling process can be divided into several phases – frame, shelves, hanging bar, and finally doors.

Make sure you have planned compartments for all of your stuff in the new closet.
Once you get rid of all that unnecessary clothes, you will have much more space in the closet.

Closet frame

Before you start placing the frame, it would be good to have an overview of your new closet. You can place painters tape along the lines where you want to put shelves. In that case, even if you do not like what you see, you will be able to make changes before you start assembling. There are plenty DIY ides

Once you are sure that you have the perfect design, place side and back panels. Make sure that everything is connected tight, as this is the foundation of your new closet. Next, you should place shelves supports. Use tape lines as the guideline. But do not rely only on this. Use the spirit level to get perfect nivelation for the shelves.


If you have listened to all my advice, this part should be easy. In other words, if you bought pre-cut boards and placed painters tape, all you need to do is to place boards on the previously installed supporters.If this is not the case, use the hand saw and tape measure to make shelf boards.

Hanging bar

You can place one long hanging bar on the top of the frame for those long coats and jackets. For shirts and pants, place two short hanging bars, at the top and another one halfway down.

Do not waste any more time on searching your favorite shirt in the messy closet
Use more space with two hanging bars for all those shirts and pants.


If you are going to have regular doors, firstly screw hinges to the board and then attach it to the frame. If you designed closet with sliding doors, you will need to place sliders on the top and bottom of the frame before placing the boards.

And VoilĂ ! You successfully finished your new closet. If you are happy with what you see, you should think of your next DIY home project. My suggestion would be to redecorate your garage.

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