Thinking about upgrading a builder-grade closet? Building your own DIY custom closet is easier than you think! Get inspired with these 25 DIY closet organizer ideas.
Closets are essential to a home, but they can get cluttered quickly and become hard to manage with all the items that need storage.
Builder-grade closets usually comprise of a shelf and a long rod that doesn’t usually lend itself to organization.
Every closet in your home functions in a different way:
- A primary closet shared by two people needs to be accessible to both.
- A walk-in closet can be disorganized and messy, requiring extra storage solutions.
- A kid’s closet needs to be able to change as they grow.
Ditching a builder-grade closet for a custom closet can be expensive if you hire someone. Few people realize that building a custom closet is a lot easier than you would think and doesn’t even need a lot of power tools. I have built closets using only a power drill and circular saw.
Here are 25 fantastic DIY closet organizers that will inspire you to take on your custom closet makeover project.
I have upgraded every bedroom closet in our home. They each have the features that work best for those using them. The latest project was the small reach-in closet in our primary bedroom. I was able to add a ton of storage and make it highly functional (and fit all of our clothes) for under $300. That’s the beauty of customizing your closet with a closet organizer.
Learn everything you need to know to build a DIY custom closet system.
Can you build a closet with only a power drill and a pocket hole jig? Yes, you can! You don’t even need a saw. There is a service called Shelf Help that helps you design the closet and sends you plywood cuts to your needs. It is already edge-banded too, so all you have to do is put it together.
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Built with just three simple power tools, I upgraded my son’s reach-in closet using sheets of plywood. You’ll need a circular saw, a power drill, and an optional miter saw to complete this. It’s a beginner-friendly DIY project that will upgrade a closet from builder-grade to custom.
Craft rooms need storage solutions, and I decided to remove the doors and turn the closet into an area to keep all my craft supplies. This closet makeover is easy to do, and you can customize it for the size of your closet.
I used a shelf pin jig to create adjustable shelves to accommodate whatever needs to be stored now and in the future.
5. Brilliant Box Closet Organizer from Making it in the Mountains
This walk-in closet is packed with organization. Built with birch plywood, each box is the same size, just installed in a different direction to fit the space and storage needs. Double rods add ample space for hanging clothes.
Edge banding applied to the box fronts gives them a finished look. Installation is easy once you decide on a configuration that works for you.
6. Closet Organizer from Scratch from Thrift Diving
Built-in floor-to-ceiling DIY closet systems are ideal for large walk-in closets. Double closet rods can be hung, maximizing hanging space for pants and shirts, and single rod sections are perfect for long dresses or coats.
Maple plywood gives this custom closet organizer a high-end look. Built with pocket hole joinery, it’s sturdy and will withstand daily wear and tear.
7. Simple Closet Organizer from Lovely Etc.
Small closets need to be functional, too. Builder-grade shelving and hanging rods don’t always provide what you need to stay organized. This organizer project is easy to build using MDF and common boards to be customized to your needs.
Add shelves for shoes, folded clothes, and accessories. Be sure to maximize the height with a shelf on top.
8. DIY Closet with French Cleats from The Handyman’s Daughter
Older homes can have crazy angles and odd-shaped closets, making it hard to create an organized closet. This custom DIY closet uses French cleats to mount custom shelving to hold Ikea Trofast bins.
This closet system can be taken down easily and reconfigured to grow with your child.
9. Kid’s Closet Organizer from Houseful of Handmade
As your child grows, their closet needs to grow with them. This closet now features a simple cabinet with drawers and an open shelf that splits the closet and allows for two separate hanging sections.
Plywood and 1X2s are all you need to build this yourself. Made with pocket hole joinery, it’s sturdy and built to last.
10. DIY Closet Bin Organizer from Lemon Thistle
Simple is best when you have younger kids, and maximizing the space in a small closet with Ikea bins is a great idea.
Built-in shelving cubbies hold bins that can be labeled for each type of clothing, and a double hanging bar adds plenty of hanging space for little clothes.
11. DIY Walk-In Closet System from DIY Danielle
A walk-in closet can be a blank slate to create the closet of your dreams. This DIY closet organizer is built from plywood using basic tools. It features single and double hanging rods and shelves. You can even add seating if you have the space!
12. Customized Store-Bought System from A Beautiful Mess
Not ready to build a closet organizer? You can customize a store-bought closet system to fit your needs and space. It doesn’t have to be put together exactly like the instructions tell you.
Change the placement of the hanging rods, add extra shelves, or add drawers. Set the closet system up so that it’s functional for you!
13. Small Closet Organizer from Our Home Made Easy
Turn a small catch-all closet into an organized, functional space with adjustable shelving. You can add as many shelves as you need and configure them for your needs.
The adjustable racking is screwed into wall studs, making it sturdy and durable. Each shelf has an integrated hanging bar for space-saving efficiency. This system even leaves enough room for a dresser unit!
14. Kids Closet Organizer from Lemon Thistle
When kids share a room, you have to have storage solutions that work. This shared kids’ closet organizer does it all. It’s amazing how much you can put in a closet with just drawers and shelves.
Drawers and shelves with bins for clothing. There’s space for toys and a hanging rod for items that need to be hung up. Everything is within reach of each child.
15. DIY Closet System from Kaleidoscope Living
This walk-in closet is packed with so much organization; you don’t need a professional to install it! It can accommodate a large wardrobe, shoes, and accessories all in one place. The shelving components go to the ceiling to maximize every inch of space.
16. Primary Closet Organizer from Jen Woodhouse
Customize a closet with a sloping ceiling to accommodate your wardrobe. The upper and lower units are perfect for hanging pants and shirts, and the unit built-in to the sloping wall is a great place for shoes. Every inch of space is utilized for convenience. I love the arched top shelves to store purses and bags!
17. DIY Custom Closet Cabinets from Woodshop Diaries
Who wouldn’t love to have this amazing walk-in closet?! It features drawers, shelves, and hanging rods. It’s the ultimate DIY closet organizer made using cabinet-grade plywood and a few basic tools.
18. Master Closet Organizer from Lemon Thistle
One of the great things about DIYing your closet organizer is that you can set it up any way you want. This master closet features shelves, drawers, and hanging bars down low for easy access. As a bonus, with drawers in the closet, you’ll have more space in your bedroom!
19. Small Closet Makeover from RemodelaCasa
It can be hard to configure a closet organizer to get the best use of the space. How do you work with the corners and not end up with dead space that isn’t usable?
Built-in recessed shelving is added to use up every inch of space in the small closet. Drawers, shelves, and sections for hanging rods finish out the design. Trim and molding complete the look of this custom closet organizer.
20. DIY Divided Built-In Closet from A Beautiful Mess
Who has more clothes, you or your spouse? There is no rule that each side has to have equal space. Building a DIY closet organizer allows you to make each section any size it needs to be.
A divider keeps each person’s clothes from creeping onto the other side. It will keep everyone happy, trust me!
21. Ikea Nordli Small Closet Hack from Love Create Celebrate
Kids don’t always need hanging space in their closets. The most efficient use of space in a young child’s closet is with drawers. You can fit more in a closet with drawers, and your child can access what they need easier.
This closet organizer project was done using two Ikea Nordli units. Each unit was built-in, and shelves were added above for extra storage.
22. Cheap and Easy Closet Organizer from Lovely Etc.
DIY cubby shelving is the perfect solution for a small bedroom with a small closet. You only need MDF, 1X2s, and basic tools to build your own.
Use fabric and plastic bins for clothing and baskets for toys. A hanging rod above can be utilized for coats and jackets.
23. Gaming Closet Organizer from Addicted 2 DIY
Customize your teen’s closet with a gaming organizer. There will still be room for clothes and shoes, but you can free up space in their bedroom by setting up their gaming system in the closet. When they aren’t playing, shut the doors to hide it away.
24. Utility Closet Organizer from Young House Love
This DIY closet organizer project idea adds storage and function to a once unusable utility closet. A freestanding cabinet and shelving make all the difference in this small closet!
25. DIY Entryway Closet Organizer from Lemon Thistle
Closet organizers aren’t just for bedroom closets. Tame the chaos in your entryway closet with this DIY closet organizer project.
No more shoes in a pile at the bottom of the closet with shelves that keep them all organized and accessible. There’s a hanging rod for coats and shelves for seasonal items you need as you head out the door.
In the end, making your very own custom closet is a fun and doable project. These DIY ideas show that creating a unique storage space isn’t as complicated as it seems.
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Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"