DIY Closet Shelves To Make The Most Of Your Storage Space

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Here’s what you’ll need for this DIY project: a level, a pencil for marking the placement of the shelves, a stud finder to find wall studs without making holes, a miter or circular saw for cutting the wood, a Brad nailer, and some wood finish. Before you start the actual building, take the time to measure your space and plan out your shelves based on what you’ll be storing. For example, you might want deeper shelves for big bins, rod hangers for hanging items, or even small cubbies for little knick-knacks. Also, don’t forget to check for potential obstacles like baseboards, outlets, or switches. You can design around them or, if feasible, move them to clear the space. 

Additionally, consider the door opening and the closet’s header, especially if the closet is shallow. Installing shelves that are too deep at the front can make it challenging to place or retrieve bulky items on higher shelves, so shallower shelves might be a better option. Next, consider your materials for the shelves. You can purchase plywood or MDF sheets and cut them to size for the shelves, supports, and front trims. Alternatively, copy YouTuber Sunny Side Design, who opted for ¾-inch by 15 ¾-inch by 8-foot melamine shelves. The advantage of using melamine is that it’s ready to go — no need for sanding, priming, painting, or adding front trims.

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