Your very own gorgeous walk-in bedroom closet with custom-built shelves are closer than you think. Follow these simple tips and tricks and you’ll be on your way. Plus, you don’t have to spend a fortune either! Here’s how we did it.
So, I can’t take any of the credit for our boys’ new bedroom closet. My husband did all the work and he did an amazing job. With a little bit of elbow grease, he built the perfect closet for our three boys and we only spent about $150! Here’s how we did it.
Get a bid from a professional closet company
So, I had a sales person from Closets by Design come over to my house and give me a bid on some new bedroom closet shelves. She showed me a whole bunch of design options and then measured everything. Then she gave me her measurements and a brochure with tons of closet design ideas. If you don’t mind spending a good hour with a salesman, it really helps get the creative juices flowing. Plus, her bid was $3,000! It made me feel even better knowing we were saving so much more money by doing it ourselves.
Measure and plan your bedroom closet
The bedroom closet shelves was designed for our three boys. Since boys never hang up their clothes, I wanted just a small section to hang clothes. I also wanted a spot for a hamper and smaller shelves for my boys to put their own treasures on. I wanted to maximize on storage space as well.
Once you have your bedroom closet visualized, it’s time to measure. Check out these tips for taking closet measurements.
Purchase your closet supplies
You’ll want strong and sturdy shelves, so you’ll want to buy MDF plywood that is 3/4″ thick. My husband bought two sheets of 4×8 plywood for our small closet. You may need more or less depending on how big your closet is.
Some other supplies that you’ll need for your custom-built DIY closet are listed below:
Use dowels as a support for your shelves
You can buy this awesome dowel kit that provides the support for your shelves and gives the appearance that your shelves are floating. It looks very professional and classy. Check out the video below that explains how to install the dowels.
Add finishing trim, wood putty and caulk
You could leave your shelves without trim, but the trim adds a finished look that you will love. Don’t worry if you have small gaps between the wood. A quick layer of caulk will cover any flaws. Then use the wood putty to fill in the nail and screw holes.
Don’t forget the paint!
A couple layers of good, high-quality paint will finish your closet. I bought Behr ulta white paint and primer in one. You’ll want to make sure you apply at least two coats of paint. It will look fabulous!
Voila! You’re done. We were so happy with the way our bedroom closet shelves turned out. My husband knows how to do high-quality work and it shows. And my boys were so excited to finally have a closet.
Overall, I’m so glad we decided to do this project ourselves. Not only did we save literally thousands of dollars, we had the satisfaction of knowing we did it ourselves. And now my kids have a place to put all of their treasures.
What tips do you have for your next DIY closet remodel? Leave your comments below.
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