Who doesn’t like to have a custom closet? In this article, I share with you how I converted a small entryway closet into a storage for shoes and coats with maximum space utilization. DIY Custom coat and shoe closet with cost details and material list at the end of this article.
We have a small closet in our entryway that we use for our footwears and coats. Its a little embarrassing to show the before picture. 😛 This closet is 45 inches wide with a single shelf on top. We have a small metal shoe rack on the floor and as you can see, a lot of negative space!.
Even if the space is small, there is always a way to maximize the capacity. So, I decided to make this space better over a weekend.
Step : 1
I cleared out the closet by moving everything out. As you can see, there were lot of unnecessary stuff. So, I kept only what we need and trashed the rest.
Step : 2
Removed the existing shelf and baseboards. Then, cleaned everything with wet towel and filled all the screw holes. At this stage, I also removed the door as well to refinish it.
Step : 3
As you can see in the picture, we have a coaxial cable running through the closet. So, I built a raised frame using 2x4s and routed the cable through the frame by making couple holes.
Step : 4
Next, I painted the walls and trims to white. The rear wall has a beige pattern wallpaper that I bought from amazon. They are not visible much with bright lighting in the picture. But in person, they look really nice and create a balanced contrast with the white wall & melamine shelf panels.
The left side of the closet is going to have the shoe storage and coat hanging rod on the right. So, I first installed the cabinet box for the shoe storage with prefinished white Melamine closet side panels.
The important part is to stabilize & secure the storage to the wall. I used 3 nos of 1×3 wood as horizontal members and connected them to the wall and the storage.
Then added a shelf on right side along with a hanging rod.
Step : 5
Finally added the shelves, storage bins and a metal drawer storage from Ikea – Lennart.
This storage has now space for 18+ footwears, drawers for socks, accessories, storage bins for extra items and rod for hanging jackets. Every bit of space is utilized and looks great too.
DIY Custom Coat & Shoe Closet
- White Closet Upright from Dakota closets – 3nos
- Dakota™ 11-1/4″W x 4’L Square Edge Value Shelf – 4 nos
- White Edge band
- White metal closet rod
- White closet rod sockets
- 2×4 – 6ft
- Scrap 1×3 pine
- Fabric Bins
- Shelf pegs
In total, I spent $180 for the materials and finished this project over a weekend. Now, whenever I open that closet door, I just feel happy to see an organized and good looking closet.
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