DIY Custom Closet Organizer: The Brilliant Box System

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 
 

Well, things with the master bedroom closet are well under way…

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

And thank goodness really, between this and the bathroom, I am so done with the renovation mess all over my house! I’ll tell ya, I cannot wait to have a closet again!!!

Last week, I shared our design plans for the space and y’all gushed over that pretty wallpaper and the classic lighting that we chose. Honestly, I don’t blame you – I am head over heels in love with them too!

And friends, they looked even better once we got them up (find the wallpaper tutorial here)!!!

But, as excited as I was to see things looking so pretty, it was the DIY custom closet organizer that I was most excited about. This my friends, is really what it’s all about…

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

Of course, I wanted a closet that looked beautiful, but the main objective here has always been function. Luckily, we found a way to incorporate both with this DIY custom closet organizer!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

Here’s the thing, this closet organizer was built entirely with boxes. Yep, plain and simple boxes. Even better, each box is the exact same size, which makes this the easiest custom closet design EVER!

This really was the most brilliant idea! *All credit to hubs – I had planned a pretty basic, white build that would have had far less wow factor!*

A little turn here and a few extra shelves tucked in there and we had ourselves a perfect custom closet, tailored to exactly what we needed.

Now, I cannot wait to show y’all how we created it!
 

We started by measuring out our closet space, planning out exactly where we wanted our shelves to be and how big we wanted to make them. Brady, being the engineer that he is, drew everything out to scale on some graph paper, which was such a huge help in figuring out just how big we wanted each box to be.

Taking into account the length of our closet, the amount of shelving we wanted to see and the height we wanted it all to be, in the end, we decided on a measurement of 19.5 inches long x 9 3/4 inches wide x 15 inches deep. This allowed us to place three boxes along the top of of our closet, stretching all the way from one end of the closet to the other on both sides. With the length of our boxes decided, the width was sort of an automatic – we wanted to be able to stack two boxes on their sides and have them perfectly match up to the length of another, which meant that the width of a box had to add up to exactly half of the length.

The beauty of this system is the ability to easily customize just by changing the configuration and layout of the boxes. We chose to create some shelf towers by stacking several boxes on top of one another, which still left us with plenty of room for some closet rods to give us some hanging space as well. We also tucked a few extra shelves into the middle of some boxes for even more customized storage.

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

I swear, this box system made for such easy planning! And the beauty of it all is the ability to tailor the box size to whatever sized closet you’re working with!

With everything all planned out, we headed to our favourite home improvement store to stock up on supplies. Seriously y’all, we love the amazing service & great prices – Home Depot is always our go-to for tools, project supplies and even DIY advice!

Thanks to the helpful HD staff, it didn’t take long to fill up the back of the truck with everything we needed…
3/4 birch plywood boards
wood stain
matching veneer edge tape
screws to hold it all together
wood glue & wood dowels
closet rod brackets
 

Brady got right to work building his first box.

He cut his 2 long pieces for the sides (19.5 inches x 15 inches), 2 shorter pieces for the ends (8.25 inches x 15 inches) and 2 small pieces for the back (this is what you’ll use to mount your boxes to the wall – 8.25 inches x 2.75 inches). You can see our measurements in brackets to make our finished boxes 19.5 inches long x 9.75 inches wide x 15 inches deep.

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

Then, it was just a matter of glueing and screwing them all together. He glued and clamped each piece in place, with the shorter end pieces, sitting inside the longer side pieces, creating the outside of his box.

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

After drilling some countersink holes, he attached it all together with a couple of screws on each end, through those side pieces right into the end pieces.

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

Finally, he attached the two back pieces the same way and gave each edge a good sanding.

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

To create a more polished look, he decided to finish the edges with a bit of veneer edge tape, which simply required some heat from the iron.

Because each and every box was exactly the same dimensions, hubs was able to take a sort of assembly line approach, knocking out all 17 boxes in no time flat.

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

And then it was my turn … I filled each screw hole with a bit of wood filler and then coated all 17 boxes with a bit of wood stain.

And then finally, FINALLY, it was time to start putting this thing together!

The first step was finding and marking all of our studs so that we would know where to attach our boxes to ensure that our closet would be good and sturdy. We chose to start with the top box of our tower, making sure it was level and then simply adding a couple of screws thought the back pieces of our box, right into the stud. Then, clamping each box to the next, we continued on our merry way, attaching boxes onto the wall until we ended up with a closet full of boxes.

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

The very last step was putting up the closet rods, using a simple wooden dowel cut to length and a couple of rod brackets to hold it up at either end.

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

We chose to turn a few boxes on their sides and even added in an extra shelf or two to the middle of some boxes, giving us customized storage for things like purses and shoes.

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 

I couldn’t even begin to tell y’all how much I love our new closet! I really think wood closets have such a rich look to them!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!

This brilliant DIY custom closet organizer is not only easy to build, but makes creating your own custom closet configuration both simple and affordable!
 
 

SUCH a big thank you to the wonderful folks at Home Depot for sponsoring this DIY custom closet organizer and making it so darn easy to recommend their great products, wonderful service and helpful staff! We’ve been long time HD shoppers and are SO excited about this opportunity to team up!

I absolutely love how simple this DIY custom closet organizer was to design and build and I cannot wait to fill it all up! Watch for the full reveal coming soon!

In the mean time, check out my {Master Bedroom Design board} on Itsums for all the details, including budget, costs and links to all of the products I plan on putting to work!

Master Bedroom Closet Design
 

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
 
 

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34 thoughts on “DIY Custom Closet Organizer: The Brilliant Box System

  1. I think the color of the wood is the perfect match for the wallpaper. I would never have thought to design and build my own closet. This looks amazing, Kristi!

    1. Thank you so, so much Sarah! I definitely didn’t have anything quite this special in mind when I asked hubs to help me build a custom closet. I love how it came together and I cannot wait to get all of those cubbies all filled up and organized!

    1. Awwww, well thank you Millie! I’m SO excited to have a place for everything now!!! Here’s hoping your hubs can get excited about it too! 😉

  2. Closet organization systems can be SO expensive! Using these boxes is so smart. As I’ve been setting up our nursery and collecting all the stuff I need for a baby, I’m realizing I need to come up with a good way to organize in his closet. Babies have SO much stuff! This would be a great way to add a bunch of cubbies to get it organized.

  3. What a smart idea, Kristi!! It looks great while it was really easy to make, congrats to your hubby! I planned to build some built-ins and will use some of your tips.

    I am featuring this next week at our Two Uses Tuesday party, don’t forget to stop by and grab your button! Enjoy the weekend!

  4. A custom closet organizer is on my to-do list. These boxes are a great idea! You could even turn a few into drawers with simple boxes and drawer slides.

    1. Thanks so much Steph! It really was SO easy – it took a whole day to get all 17 boxes built, but the box design made things so simple to design and build. Good luck!!!

  5. This is brilliant and has completely inspired me in my linen cupboard planning. It’s a totally ‘vanilla’ space right now, but box storage like this could really help keep all those bits and bobs in place!! Fabulous work Kristi – I hope you get to hang some fun, flirty date night dresses in there too! 😉

    1. Thank you so, so much Erin! I’m so thrilled to hear that you’re feeling inspired! I think this system could be such a great way to organize a ton of different spaces! Thanks again friend!

  6. These are awesome!! I have a closet in my office that definitely needs redone to something like this! I can see it now- these amazing boxes filled with office supplies!!
    Thank you so much for sharing to the Monday Mish Mash Link Party!
    *Hugs*

  7. I’d say this box system does look brilliant! Thank you for the step-by-step instructions. You’ve inspired me–I agree with you that wood closets do look good.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring you this week!

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