DIY Built-In Closet Drawers

Before we get into today’s post, make sure you take a few minutes to check out the pretty new blog design! The talented Jana at Little Web Writing Hood did a phenomenal job lightening up the look around here and I absolutely loved working with her. If you are in need of a blog designer, I would highly recommend working with her!

Last week I shared our new closet and this week I’m back with a couple of more tutorials. My must-have piece for this closet was built-in drawers. We did a good job of faking drawers in our last closet and it was so nice to have all of our clothes in one place. Rather than having to get your socks out of the dresser in your room and wake up your peacefully sleeping hubby, it’s great to have everything you need together. We’ve only had these finished for a few weeks but they are wonderful. Mike did a great job building them.

DIY Built-In Closet Drawers TutorialI’ll do my best to describe the steps he took, but unfortunately I’m missing some of our pictures:( Our camera was on the fritz for a few weeks so I took some on my phone…which Molly so kindly erased a few weeks ago. So, you’ll actually have to read some of this post if you want to know how to make your own:)

Step 1: Build the frame. We used birch plywood for each side nailed to the walls. They were 32″ tall. We used another piece on top that we stained. There are also two pieces of plywood to separate the entire piece into thirds vertically as well as the board to split it horizontally. These were my pictures that got deleted:(

Step 2: Build the drawers. Rather than repeat their steps, read the tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic. We followed their steps with the drawer slides and it worked great.

closet open plywood drawers

Step 3: Soften up the drawers. We used inexpensive plywood for the drawer boxes themselves. It was going to save a lot of money to use plywood and line them with muslin than to get smooth wood.

closet plywood drawers

It will all get prettied up by the end:) I bought muslin and cut it to fit the drawers with a few inches extra hanging over. This will make the tops of the drawers soft as well.

stapling closet drawer liners


imside lined closet drawers


closet lined drawersIt’s also just nice to have a soft place for your clothes rather than putting them on wood.

Step 4: Build the fronts. We bought 1/2″ MDF because it gives a very smooth finish. I painted them all in white semi-gloss and Mike cut the boards. We used the same MDF to create the trim on the drawer fronts.

closet drawersStep 5: Add some pretty hardware. We got ours on Amazon.

closet hardware

closet drawers and shoesWe spent around $250 on these drawers and they are worth that and more. We love them.

How do you organize your clothes?

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  1. Spring Bonner says:

    Very nice. I will be trying to implement this in my new closet. I want to eliminate a dresser to save on floor space.

  2. Hi there! These are gorgeous!
    What are the dimensions of these drawers? Thanks!

  3. I love your idea here for closet drawers. Having a built in closet is nice, but who doesn’t want a little more storage? Especially when your wife really loves clothes. So I will have to look into making something like this, especially since the finished product looks so nice.

  4. Melissa Miller says:

    This is just what I want in my closets. I just don’t know that I can do this
    You and your husband did a beautiful job!!!


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