DIY Linen Closet Part 2: Shelving

by | Jul 10, 2023

DIY Linen Closet Part 2: Shelving

by | Jul 10, 2023 | DIY, Home Decor, Home DIY, Uncategorized, Woodworking | 0 comments

Hi Friends! This is the 2nd part in my DIY Linen Closet Post. To see how I added peel and stick wallpaper, check out the post here.

While slapping up wire shelving would have been easy, I knew I wanted wooded. Creating DIY wood shelves for your linen closet is a great way to add storage and organization to the space. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you build your own wood shelves.

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Materials you’ll need:

  1. 1 inch thick Wood boards (I used cheap plywood) cut to size.
  2. 2 inch trim pieces cut to size.
  3. 1 inch thick support pieces cut to size.
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Sandpaper or sander
  6. Drywall anchors and screws
  7. Brad Gun and Brads
  8. Drill
  9. Level
  10. Paint and Primer

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Measure and plan. Measure the dimensions of your linen closet to determine the length and depth of your shelves. Take into account any obstacles like door frames or vents. Plan the number of shelves you want and the spacing between them. Painters tape helps with visualization.

Step 2: Cut the wood boards, support pieces, and trim. You can use a circular saw or hand saw. I went the easy route and had Home Depot cut them for me! For the trim, I used my miter saw.

Step 3: Sand both the wood boards and trim pieces. Sand the cut edges and surfaces of the wood boards to remove any roughness or splinters. This will create a smoother finish and prevent any snagging on your linens.

Step 4: Prime and Paint all the wood. This is my least favorite task. Do a light sand between each coat.

Step 5: Mount the 1 inch support boards on back and sides of closet. Use a level to ensure the brackets are straight, then attach them to the walls using anchors and screws.

Step 6: Install the shelves and add trim. Simply lay the wood boards on top of the support boards. Then line the trim flush to the top and brad nail in place. Wood glue can also help here.

Step 7: Finishing touches. You can caulk the seems and wood fill any brad nail heads before extra touch up paint. This is optional.

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I love how this closet turned out! All the suitcases, dance bags, and blankets that have been flopping around upstairs for years now have a home. I would love to see if you give this a try! 

Best, Melissa and Girls

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Melissa Moyles

Hi! I'm Melissa

In the borders of being a full time Marketing VP and a full time wife and mom, I strive to build a beautiful home for my family… 1 DIY Project at a time. Join us on this journey!