Why I custom built closet shelving myself
- Custom built closet shelving is expensive
- Pre-built shelving is less expensive than custom build but is usually cheaply made
- Nice plywood or solid wood is a lot cheaper
Would I do it again?
Yes, I’ve built closet shelving a number of times and have gotten better at it each time.
I’ve made closet shelving from solid wood in the past, usually pine. Buying planks 10 or 12 inches wide makes for a quick project but I’ve had these warp and the knots can stain the paint over time.
After the first couple closets I’ve switched to using plywood. Nailing a strip of solid wood to the edge provides a clean finished look.
After completing the one shown, I’ve also switched from building in place to assembling them in “modules” and then installing these into the closet. This allows me to do most of the assembly and painting in the garage. I’d purchased an electric paint sprayer which works great, but makes a huge mess with the over-spray. It took a long time to clean up my son’s room afterwards.
This also means a lot fewer trips up and down stairs and in and out of the garage. Oddly my fitness watch happily tells me to “move” whenever I’m inactive, but it’s never once told me “dude, take a break”.
I’ve since built this one in my daughter’s room, which went together pretty quickly.
These are great projects that provide tons of additional storage. Both closets had a single clothes rod and shelf prior to this. I have plans to do the master closet at some point. That one will include doors, drawers etc.
Check these off the list….bring on the next project!