How to Build Your Own Closet Cabinets

Do you need some extra storage in the closet?

Build these fun and modern DIY closets to organize and hide all of our clothes and shoes.

One of these cabinets was built with rods for hanging clothes and the other was built with adjustable shelves and a shoe rack.

The cabinets are the same size, the only difference is inside.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about DIY Closets Cabinets

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What You Need to Build these Cabinets

  • (4 ½) ¾ ″ PureBond Plywood Sheets (build two cabinets as shown)
  • (2) ¼ ″ plywood sheets
  • (3) 2x2x8 plates
  • (2) 1x4x8 plates
  • (2) 1x2x8 plates
  • (1) 1 ½ ″ diameter 6 ′ long dowel rod
  • (8) concealed hinges
  • (4) door handles
  • circular saw
  • Kreg Rip-Cut
  • Kreg AccuCut
  • miter saw
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
  • Drill
  • Nail gun (optional)
  • Kreg Concealed Template Hinge
  • Kreg Shelf Pin Template
  • Shelf pins
  • Wood glue
  • 1 ¼ ″ pocket hole screws
  • 2 ½ ″ wood screws

Step 1: Build the cabinet base

The first thing I did with this DIY closet was start with the base. The base is not necessary for this project, but I liked the idea that the case was peeled off and could vacuum underneath.

The base is very simple and is made of 2 × 2 material. I just glued and screwed the frame with 2 ½ ″ wood screws. I built 33 ½ ″ wide, 18 ″ deep, and 8 ″ tall overall. Since I was painting, I just made the holes and sanded them.

However, if you are going to spot them, I recommend that you use pocket holes or dowels so that you don't see the screws sticking out.

Once the base was assembled, I applied putty, sandpaper and painted it black. When the paint dried, I went to the royal cabinet.

Step 2: build the closet cabinet

As I mentioned earlier, I built two different types of cabinets, but they were both the same size.

Next, I cut the plywood and assembled two shells using ¾ ″ pocket holes and 1 ¼ ″ pocket hole screws as shown here. I always recommend using PureBond plywood to build cabinets and furniture of any kind.

I built these 18 "deep cabinets (because it was deep enough for my hangers to fit in and I could still close the doors). You can make them as tall as you like.

I mounted them using ¾ ″ pocket holes and 1 ¼ ″ pocket hole screws.

But when it was time to add the middle shelf to the cabinets, for the hanging clothes closet I put in the middle and for the adjustable shelf closet, I installed it a little off-center making the top section a bit more larger than the bottom.

The middle shelf is not 100% necessary, but it helps prevent the sides from bending and helps strengthen the case.

Another difference between the two types of cabinets, in addition to the location of the middle shelf, is the holes for the shelf pins. For the case with adjustable shelves, I added shelf pin holes using my Kreg shelf pin template.

Step 3: Attach Cabinet covers to the base

Once the cabinets were assembled, the paint finally dried on the bases, so I attached the cabinets as bases using 1 ¼ ″ wood screws as shown.

Step 4: Attach the back to the cabinet housings

We then cut a ¼ piece of plywood to use as a base and secured it with my nail gun. If you don't have a nail gun, finish the nails with a hammer or hand stapler.

Step 5: Add doors to closets

Then there are the doors. We cut two ¾ ″ plywood doors and added some strips around the edges.

Step 6: Customize the cabinet details

We snap-cut 1 ½ ″ and 32 ″ long rods to fit inside the cabinets and secure the sides of the cabinet to the rod with 2 ½ ″ wood screws. However, you can also use cabinet hardware.

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