Category: Home DIYs

How to Add DIY Shelves In A Closet

Hello, friends, and welcome to another installment in my Hall Closet Makeover series! I’m SO ready to have this project done, but this is our busiest time of year with kids’ stuff, so I’ll have to take a deep breath and find my happy place.

One caveat before we get into the post…this closet is in a narrow hall, and I’m having a heck of a time getting good pictures, so please bear with me!

If you’ve been following along with this makeover, you know that I wanted to add some shelves along the right side of this closet for additional storage and organization.

This is a really easy project, but you’ll want at least one person to help you out with holding things like cleats, the measuring tape, etc.


Before we begin, you’ll need supplies:

  • Melamine Shelves or a Large Sheet of Melamine {We had leftovers from another project and just made them work; You could also use MDF or 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood}
  • Iron-On Melamine Edging {Our shelves were 3/4″ thick; you’ll want to get edging in the corresponding thickness of your shelves}
  • 2″ x 3″s  for Cleats
  • Screws
  • Cordless Drill (We have this one, and it works great!}
  • Measuring Tape
  • Level

What was great for me was that I already had my baskets and bins, so after sorting and purging, I filled the baskets with the items I knew would end up going in there and measured height based on those babies!

We knew the lengths of cleats we needed, so Hubs headed out to the garage to cut those while I finished off my plan and measurements. He also cut the Melamine to the proper width.

After the cleats were cut, I painted the sides that would show.

The Steps

  • The first thing I did was lay out my plan for the shelves: height, width {this will be determined by the width of your closet or the side of your closet, in my case}, what I’m planning to store on each shelf {which helped me to determine height}.
  • Then we started by measuring 16″ from the floor and marking the height several times on each of the three walls. I held two cleats while my husband made sure they were level, the he screwed them into the wall. We leveled again, just to make sure.
  • You know the old saying, “Measure twice, cut once?” My husband takes this to new levels {sorry, bad pun} when measuring, attaching things to the wall, and leveling.
  • We measured up from the already existing shelf, leveled and attached, and leveled again. Then we repeated the process with each shelf.
  • Here are the unfinished shelves in the closet.
  • To finish them off, I added Melamine Iron-On Edging on the front face. It’s really easy to use!
  • First, we measured the amount we needed to cover the front of the shelves, plus a little to wrap around the sides.
  • Then we “ironed” it to attach it to the shelf.
  • Make sure to use a piece of aluminum foil or kraft paper between your iron and the edging to protect your iron.

And that’s How to Add DIY Shelves in a Closet!

See? I told you it was really easy!

The last piece of this that I didn’t get done before photographing these shelves (in fact, I didn’t even notice it before taking the photos…ooops!) is filling and painting over those screw holes!

Otherwise, I’m thrilled with how these turned out! And look at all of that extra storage!…