How to Build a Custom Closet: Shelving Wall

Monday I shared how we built the hanging side of the closet, and today I’m here to share how we did the shelving wall.

I will admit it was hard to snap a picture of the whole wall with the lens we have, so you’ll see snippits of it throughout.  We started by ripping the same particleboard we used on the opposing wall into 12″ wide pieces {you can see how we cut those boards here and here}.  This wall is about 5 feet long so we cut the boards just shy of that.  To get the boards prepped for installation, we pre-drilled three holes with the kreg jig on one end of the shelf.

We measured our spacing, then held the shelf in place and made sure it was level.

Then we screwed the end with the kreg jig holes into the side wall board.

And attached the other end to a bracket.  This end meets up with the door so we couldn’t attach it to a wall.  A sturdy bracket was the best solution to hold it up.

The vertical boards that created the cubbies help secure the center of the boards and keep everything sturdy and in place.  Once all the boards were installed, we had to do some paint touch-ups.  A quick tip is to use a corner roller.  These are great for painting cabinets, cubbies, or anything with corners basically.  Hence the name:)  The edge is soft and will roll into edges and corners so you don’t have to use a brush.
We also bought some kreg jig hole covers to hide the holes in the shelves.  You just push them in place and roll some paint over top.

The last step was to trim the wood out with ribbon again.  I just love the shimmer it adds.

And that’s it!



The best thing about building your own shelves is not just the price, but the customization you can create.  You can make your shelves as wide and tall as you like to fit whatever you need.  We designed smaller areas where we planned on storing shoes and taller areas where we built boxes for storage.  Oh, and as far as the price goes, the total cost of materials for the shelving units: $44 {$32 for wood and $12 for brackets}.  Add in $3 per storage box and we have a grand total of $71!  Not too shabby.  I have one more post planned to wrap up our final projects, including the fabric wall, DIY roman shade, and art work around the room.

Stop by tomorrow for another tip for meal planning and budgeting!




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  1. Your closet is fantastic and thank you for the how to’s! My closet is on the list for this year and I have always put it off because it seemed like it would be too much money, but you have obviously proved that wrong!

  2. I love those boxes are wonderful. I like how you labeled them with chalk. Glad you were featured on Today’s Creative Blog.

  3. Okay, I’m dying over this. So cool! Will you build some for me? PLEASE come link this up at my place on Wednesday! I would love to feature it in a future post!
    PS You could win a $5 Starbucks card too! :)

  4. Cute idea! Love the boxes, where did you get them for $3 that’s a steal!

  5. Could not agree more, Dan!
    More needs to be done to be sure these spaces remain available, at all times, for those in need. $1000 would be a good deterrent.While we are at it, let’s also raise the cell phone “talking while driving” violation to at least $500. The number of near accidents I see on a weekly basis is staggering. The present financial penalty is absurdly too low or you would have seen it have an effect. Amazing how many people could not care less of the consequences of holding a cell phone while driving!

  6. Hi Jessie,

    Just found your blog via Pinterest. Love this tutorial; never would have thought of trimming particle board in ribbon! Looks great!


  7. Where did you get those boxes? thank you. Love your work.

  8. Oh! Please post a tutorial on how you built the boxes! They are great… and for the $3 a piece, they can’t be beat. =)


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