When we moved into our new house, all the closets had built-in closet organizers. Awesome! Except the one in the spare room was quite rickety. Our painters suggested it be removed, and we agreed. Now though, I’m left with an empty closet…and I need all the storage I can get.
Earlier I had refinished an old ladder I had bought at a garage sale…for $5. Nice! I was hoping to use it for a display in my shop…that never materialized…and then decided I could use it to display my Christmas Village. I had cut boards to fit across the steps for shelves. You can see it in the picture below. I set it up in our current living room, (the picture below is at our prior home), set the boards up on it and it was just way too big. I still have the ladder, and I may take it apart and use it to store quilts or blankets…somewhere…sometime…not sure yet…but just can’t quite get rid of it. I did however use the two longest and widest planks from the bottom, to build my closet shelving/divider.
First I located and marked the studs in the closet, determined the height of my top shelf, and then pre-drilled holes into both the wall and the 1″ trim that I screwed to the sides and back of the closet. The trim creates about a 1/2″ wide ‘ledge’ to act as support for the shelf to sit on. This area is the raised ‘taupe’ coloured boards you see in the photo below.
I then painted the supports to match the wall color. I still have not painted the brown shelf you can see above! It has a layer of clear coat on it and it’s quite nice, so I didn’t bother. Now I wish I had…next winter’s project!
I cut my shelf piece 1/4″ shy of the full width required, for ease of placement. I then pre-drilled holes into the shelf from the top, and screwed the shelf to the support boards below for stability.
I then needed a centre support. After determining I still needed to allow for space to store our portable air conditioner, (pictured below left), I left room to ensure it could be wheeled in and out easily. I then measured the height from the floor to the shelf, cut my board the appropriate height…which took a 2nd cut to get it right…and then some sanding…but I did it! I slid the board under the shelf and then carefully predrilled holes into the centre of the top shelf to secure it to the divider/centre board. Again, this provided stability and it does not budge. Even my husband was impressed!
I apologize for the dark picture, but I think you get the idea. I know it doesn’t match and now that really bothers me, so I will have to paint the shelf and centre support. 😦
I still wanted guests to be able to use the closet so I installed plastic closet rod mounts, screwed them into the shelf support and the opposite wall, cut a piece of closet doweling to fit, and covered it with a plastic shower rod cover, so the hangars slide easily. (I know! Neat idea isn’t it?)
I also purchase a handy little closet gizmo that lets you have two hanging sections.
Again, I apologize for the dark picture. I guess my blackout drapes really work! Just kidding, I did open them, but it’s a cloudy day.
And there you have it folks. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! If I can do it anyone can. It’s ‘Just A Little Something’ I learned.