A DIY Closet Tutorial
Have you decided to tackle a bunch of DIY jobs around the house during COVID-19? With more time on your hands, you might decide to do all sorts of home improvement tasks. That includes closet organization or even creating your dream custom closet! Coastal Closets & Showers is excited to offer DIY closets now, and today we’re going to share some tips for following a DIY closet tutorial.
DIY Closet Tutorial
We’re here to help you do a great job at creating a custom closet with the help of our DIY closet tutorial. Follow these steps for the closet design and installation process and you’ll have the perfect closet space you’ve been dreaming of.
A DIY closet tutorial starts with the design of your custom closet. This includes planning closet shelving and other features. To do this, you need to start off by taking measurements of your entire closet space.
Here’s a quick video with tips for measuring a closet space.
Once you measure your space, you send us a sketch. Then we’ll review and price your design based on your measurements. For an additional cost, we can even do the design for you!
Remember to get very specific about exactly what you’ll store in your closet before you start designing it. No two homeowners have the exact same vision or needs for their closet. We often meet with homeowners who want to use their closet as a catch-all, while others have more specific uses in mind.
If you have less space (like reach-in closets, for example), you might not plan to use the closet for as many items.
Once you narrow down exactly what you’ll keep in each closet, you can choose closet organizer systems that will perfectly suit your needs.
These are some of the closet design features you’ll need to decide on (but remember, we can help!)
- Panels and shelves: Plan to have your closet shelves at least 12 inches wide and 14 inches deep. This ensures they’re big enough to fit most folded clothing items. In some cases, your top shelf might have different measurements depending on the layout of the space.
- Drawers: Depending on the size of your closet, drawers may be installed on the walls or sides of the closet. Or, you could purchase standalone drawers that can be moved around within the closet.
- Hanging systems: Think about some of the items you’ll be hanging in your closet and how high up your hanging rods need to be. You might opt for just a single row of hanging space. A single hanging rod placed near the top of the closet is ideal if you’re storing dresses and long garments. For smaller items (like shirts or sweaters) two rows of hanging rods might be the best way to maximize your closet space.
If you’re looking for a bit of design inspiration before you dive into a DIY closet tutorial, have a look at our product gallery.
Another feature you might consider is a closet hutch.
Consider this as a catchall for all of the accessories and items you use regularly. Before bed each night, you set your wallet, keys, jewelry, watches, and other accessories down somewhere. A closet hutch makes for the perfect place! That way, you have quick and easy access to these items when you need them. It also means there’s a dedicated space for them so they’re not scattered around your house.
Your custom closet might also include cupboards below the hutch surface. This is another practical storage solution. You might also leave the space below a hutch open and use it to store tall items. Adding a short hanging rod here can also be used for added hanging space to hang smaller items of clothing such as scarves.
Not sure which accessories to include in your custom closet? We’ve got you covered with our custom closet accessory guide!
Materials and Hardware
One of the most important things to consider is using quality materials for your closet redesign. You need to choose high-quality materials that not only look good but are built to last.
Panels and shelves: At Coastal Closets and Showers, our closet systems are manufactured with high quality, ¾” furniture grade, composite panels and shelves. The surface is a durable thermally-fused laminate. We ensure there are no sharp edges on the panels. Our white melamine components are manufactured with 2mm rounded soft edge banding that’s guaranteed to never chip or peel.
Drawer boxes and slides: Our drawer boxes are made with ¼” birch drawer bottoms and 9-ply plywood boxes with nm ultraviolet cured finish. Additionally, our drawer slides are full extension European ball bearing side mount slides.
Hanging systems: Coastal Closets provides a heavy gauge suspension rail. This comes along with a decorative white plastic cover to conceal any hardware used to secure the rail to the wall. This provides a clean finish to the hanging system. The adjustable hanger bracket suspension system allows for adjustment in up/down directions and forward/backward directions.
Step #2: Manufacture
Once you’ve designed your closet and pricing is finalized, it’s time for the manufacturing stage to begin!
Your design will be sent to our experienced closet manufacturing team. Then, it’s produced on site with Coastal’s state of the art CNC and Edgebander machines.
Step #3: Pick Up or Delivery
Great news! Your DIY closet is ready. Now it’s time to pick it up from Coastal Closets in Stuart, Florida. Alternatively, we offer a delivery service for an additional fee.
Step #4: Installation
Now you can easily and quickly install your own custom closet using the precisely measured materials and hardware we send you.
When it comes to planning the closet of your dreams, it always helps to turn to the experts. Contact us for help if questions come up and be sure to search our blog for more custom closet DIY tutorial tips.
Coastal Closets & Showers has closet/cabinet/organizers/closet services extended all over St. Lucie, Vero Beach and Stuart, Fl. Our services are customized to meet your space and budget requirements according to the complexity of the design and materials you select.
Reach out to us to learn more about how our DIY closet services work.