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How to install a closet organiser

23rd Sep '20 • By Rohit Mankame

Most closet organisers can be installed using simple DIY procedures. You can accomplish the entire job by yourself and create a personalised closet. Here’s How!

Most closet organisers can be installed using simple DIY procedures. You can accomplish the entire job by yourself and create a personalised closet. Here’s How!

When they construct new homes, most builders don't offer much thought to the wardrobe areas. No more than a closet rod and a single shelf are included in the standard closet found in new residential construction. Just about half of the available storage space is used for this kind of traditional treatment in a wardrobe, and the available storage is also difficult to access conveniently.

No one likes to see shoes piled up on the floor and you are required to bend down to get it. Moreover, the top shelves get filled with layers of stuff that is both hard to see and difficult to reach.

You could, of course, hire a professional closet organizer who will be able to custom design and build one effective system that you see in showcase homes on TV. These systems are shockingly expensive and hence we have alternative DIY closet systems in the market. Closet organisers are a great way to store your clothes properly and use space wisely. 

Great closet system

What are the features of a good closet organiser?

A good closet organizer should do more than just tidy up the closet. Equipped with the right components, it will minimise the need in the bedroom or other areas of the house for large dressers and other cabinet furniture. It is a good idea to first make sure you have maximised the capacity of your closets if you are considering purchasing additional furniture, and then then look at what other storage characteristics your bedroom may need. 

With a closet organiser that contains places for folded clothing , shoes, ties and belts, purses, hats, and accessories, you will be surprised to find that by removing the need for additional costly furniture, a good investment in a closet organiser will save you money.

What are the types of closet organizers?

Closet organizers appear to fall into one of two styles of style. They can be fully freestanding, sitting on the floor, or they can be hanging from the wall entirely, but many of them are a little of both. They can also be built-in wardrobes.

Wire system closet organiser

Wire Systems 

Wire systems are normally the least expensive, and for DIY installation, they are often the simplest choice. Home centres and other retail outlets carry entire systems, as well as rods and shelves attached to wall-hanging brackets, which are  stand-alone components. It is easy to customise a closet organiser that suits your needs with this wire system closet organizer.  

Melamine type closet organiser


Melamine is a type of plastic resin, which is the material of choice for closet specialists. These closets are easy to install and easy to clean. Some people may not like the look of the surface, but it is best used to make kitchen cabinets

Wood type closet organiser


For a well-lit walk-in closet, where style is more important than it would be in a small closet, solid wood may be the best option of all. Solid wood closet organisers are commonly made from solid-wood edging strips with finish-grade plywood panels covering the exposed edges. Wood can easily cost more than melamine or wire systems, but it is the best looking closet organizer. 

Good design closet organiser

How should you plan installing it?

Before you purchase a closet organiser, you should consider how you want to use the closet. Which side do you prefer? Do you want the closet to be left-handed or right-handed? The overall layout depends on how your room is designed and arranged. When you position the closet, it should make life easy for you. Moving around the room shouldn’t become an issue. Learn your usage pattern and plan accordingly.

Next, you should measure the height and width of the closet. This will help you decide on the total space you can work with. In addition to the width, you should measure the closet’s depth. You should check the closet’s frame size too. During the plan, you must ensure the studs are positioned in the right spot. The mounting screws should be neatly sent through the studs. You should not screw them on drywall. 

What tools will you require?

A list of equipment and supplies comes with most DIY closet organisers, but they rarely mention removal of the old shelves. Make sure that you have these fundamental tools: 

  • Cordless drill
  • Hammer 
  • Leveler 
  • Laser stud finder 
  • Pipe cutter or Hacksaw

Installing a good closet organzer

What are the steps to install?

  1. Using a leveler, draw a line where you want your shelf to go.
  2. Drill a hole using the specified size specified by the manufacturer.
  3. Place a hook into the hole you’ve created. Repeat for the other end of the shelf.
  4. Check the shelf is level and drill support beams in place. Repeat this process for the remaining shelves. 

There are two ways to go about it if you would rather leave the design and installation job to a professional. The first is to employ a general handyman or carpenter to produce what you want in line with your specifications. The second is to employ a specialist wardrobe contractor to do the whole operation.

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