DIY Cheap and Functional Closet Kit

For those of you looking for a simple, affordable, and effective closet solution, I decided to write a bit of tutorial so that you can build your own! So’¦ here it goes’¦

Supply List:

3/4′ MDF (approximately 3 sheets)- we bought ours at Habitat for Humanity for $10 per sheet

Curtain Rods

Curtain Rod End Holders

L-Brackets (2)

Drawer Hardware

Drawer Bump Stops (clear round things that stick on to prevent slamming)

Euro Drawer Slides (3 sets- one set per drawer)

Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System



Table Saw

Circular Saw

If you have a finishing nailer, then using is helpful (so, finishing nails and nailer)

Cut List (for a 76′ wide closet):

Center Shelf/Drawer System

1- 18’x34′ (frame- back)

2- 15’x70′ (frame- sides)

2- 15’x17.25′ (shelves)

2- 1.5’x17.25 (drawer spacers/dividers)

Bottom Shelf


Top Shelf


Additional Shelves (above middle rod and right-side bottom)

1- 15’x42.5′

2- 15’x16.5′


3- 16’x13.25′ (drawer bottoms- 1/4 inch MDF works best for this.)

6- 14.25’x10′ (drawer fronts and backs)

6- 16.5’x10′ (drawer sides)

3- 18’x12′ (drawer faces)

Shelf Supports

3- 2’x42.5′

4- 2’x16.5

9- 2’x14.25′

2- 2’x10.25′

Rods- cut to proper length by measuring your specific opening and then deducting the MDF and rod support.

How to assemble and install:

The most important thing in the whole build is the center shelf/drawer system. It is the foundation for the rest of the closet kit. So, start with that.


TIP: For the greatest strength and security, we recommend using a pocket hole construction. It is easiest to use the Kreg Jig to accomplish your pocket holes and assembly.


1.Take your three ‘œframe pieces’ and assemble them, either by screwing or using the Kreg Jig system. Start with the back and attach the two side pieces to the sides of the back.

2.Install the shelves

3.Install the drawer spacers/dividers

4.Attach drawer rails in proper spaces


1.Attach shelf supports and L-brackets for bottom shelf

2.Install bottom shelf by finish-nailing to supports

3.Find the wall studs for mounting the box

4.Set the box on bottom shelf

5.Using proper length of screws, screw box into studs (we used 6 screws for attaching it to the wall)

6.Fill screw holes with putty

Assemble Drawers

TIP: Using a router to create a ‘œdrawer bottom insert’ creates a cleaner, more professional look. This is the option we chose, but you can also simply screw the bottom on.

1.Attach three sides together using finishing nailer and nails

2.Slide bottom into the routered track

3.Attach fourth side using finishing nails

4.Once drawer is fully assembled, screw on drawer face from the inside of the drawer out towards the drawer face

5.Attach rail to side of drawer.

6.Test fit of drawer in box and adjust rails accordingly

7.Apply rubber stoppers to back of drawer faces

8.Install hardware on each drawer

Install Shelves

1.Attach all shelf supports to all using finishing nailer

2.Attach shelves to supports using finishing nailer

Install Rods

TIP: staining your wooden rod really dresses up a closet without a lot of effort. Simply stain, and you’re done!

1.Measure depth for your rod based on how big your hangers are

2.Install rod end holders on MDF shelf support

3.Slide rod inside support