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Too Many Toys? Reclaim Your Home with 12 Easy Storage Ideas

Reclaim your home—and your sanity—with a dozen toy storage ideas that you don't have to be an expert to DIY on the cheap.

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Toy Storage Ideas

It’s like walking a minefield: In all directions, you’re surrounded by stuffed animals, remote-control cars, action figures, dolls, books, blocks and video games.

It’s time to take action. It’s time to corral the kids’ clutter once and for all!

Fortunately, you’re not facing this challenge alone. Countless parents past and present have faced and overcome the very the same challenge with toy storage ideas like the following featured favorites.

Never want to trip on another toy in your lifetime? Scroll for 11 easy, clever solutions…

 

1. DRAWER DECOR

Toy Storage Ideas - Drawers Under Bed

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Plywood, wood planks, and caster wheels—those are all the materials you need to assemble this space-smart, under-the-bed storage solution for toys. Rope pulls make the rolling bins effortless to access, while chalkboard paint labels ensure you can always identify which bin holds what. Start here.

 

2. ANIMAL HOUSE

Toy Storage Ideas

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Give stuffed animals a home all their own with this clever, three-tier hammock designed to hold the whole gang. All you need: precut hobby wood, lath, rope and a few hooks (the hooks attach the hammock to the ceiling). Like all the best toy storage ideas, this one actually makes organization fun.

 

 

3. MAGNET MAGIC

Toy Storage Ideas - Magnet Wall Organizer

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Here’s a smart, easy-DIY way to keep metal toys (miniature cars and trucks, for example) off the floor. Simply attach a magnetic kitchen knife rack to the wall at a kid-friendly height. Now, you and your little one can “hang” metal toys on the wall whenever they’re not in use.

 

4. CURTAIN COVER

Toy Storage Ideas - Under Crib Storage

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Inexpensive to DIY, nice to look at, and super practical, a bedskirt like this one enables you to take full advantage of the space under the crib or kids’ bed. You can store more toys here than you might think, and best of all, everything stays out of sight until playtime rolls around again.

 

5. READING RACK

Toy Storage Ideas - Kids Books

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Kid-height book bins offer a straightforward, attractive means of making your child’s favorite easy to grab and (theoretically, at least) easy to put back later. If you’re handy with a saw, you can even construct your own frame, adding legs and a lick of paint to finish the job. Here’s how.

 

6. CLEAN AND CLEAR

Toy Storage Ideas - Clear Storage Bags

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Next time you’re shopping for crafting supplies, pick up some clear, thick vinyl. With it, you can sew a series of handy, see-through organizers just like these. Miraculously cheap and endlessly versatile, they’re the perfect for all those millions of little pieces just begging to go lost.

 

 

7. COSTUME CONTROL

Toy Storage Ideas - Play Clothes

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Make playing dress-up even more enchanting with this adorable mini clothes rack. Believe it or not, you can build your own version with nothing more than a few tools, a few boards, and a dowel. To finish, add paint in a bold color and to for convenient portability, a set of wheels.

 

8. BENCH BOOST

Toy Storage Ideas - DIY Nursery Bench

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The practical combination of seating and secret storage has never looked as chic as it does in this unit. If you’ve got the tools and know-how, you can copy this one (or create your custom version). Not a DIYer? Don’t fret. Plenty of furniture retailers sell similar pieces, often at affordable cost.

 

9. TREASURE TROVE

Toy Storage Ideas - DIY Toy Chest

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Kids may actually enjoy tidying up when this charming chest becomes the catchall for their most treasured toys. The beauty of this do-it-yourself toy bin lies in its simple construction. It all comes together with basic household goods, like scissors and cardboard boxes. Get the tutorial here.

 

10. CRATE CREATIVITY

Toy Storage Ideas - DIY Crate on Rollers

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A wooden crate transforms into a portable toy storage bin as soon as you add casters, a cushion, and a fresh coat of stain or paint. The cushioned seat—made of plywood, foam batting, and cheerful fabric—hides away playthings at the same time that it makes the crate into kid-friendly furniture.

 

11. LEGO LOUNGE

Toy Storage Ideas - Lego Table Organizer

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Tired of stepping on runaway Legos? Create your own Lego-building and stashing station by upcycling an old coffee table. Hidden, built-in baskets store thousands of bricks, while the table surface itself comes equipped with a broad baseplate that the kids can build right on top of.

 

12. HOME BASE

Toy Storage Ideas - DIY Cubbies

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Create your own cubby storage system! This isn’t a project for beginners. But if you’re experienced in measuring, sawing, fastening and finishing wood, you may find that it’s neither as difficult nor as expensive as you thought to build a storage-packed, room-changing wall unit.


21 Big Ideas for Small Closets

Free up space, amp up style, and reclaim your sanity with 21 clever ideas for making small closets big!

Small Closet Ideas

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There’s never enough storage. Whether they live in a tiny cottage or a sprawling estate, homeowners always seem to complain about the closets—their disappointing scarcity and frustratingly small size. Basically, we’re all engaged in an endless battle to fit ever more stuff into little space. Ready to give up the struggle? Get rid of those belongings that you don’t really need, or sign on the dotted line for storage-unit lease. Hey, there’s no shame in it. But if you’re not ready to surrender yet—if you’ve still got a little fight left in you—take heart. Plenty of people before you have faced closet conundrums and won, sometimes by using clever DIY hacks, other times by making savvy purchases, but always by making the most of every single square inch. For the best small closet ideas, from veteran design experts and the space-savviest average Joes, continue now!

 

1. PUT IT ON YOUR TAB

Small Closet Ideas - Soda Tab Hanger Trick

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Empty soda cans may take up space in the recycling bin, but in a cramped closet, they create more. How? By doubling the number of garments you can hang on one hanger. Simply pop the tab off the can and slip it around the hook of a hanger. You can then slip another hanger through the hole in the tab. Easy, effective and best of all, free.

 

2. OFF THE CHAIN

Small Closet Ideas - Plastic Storage Chains

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This homemade hanger hack may be the missing ‘link’ between you and a clutter-free closet. Here’s what to do: Spray-paint a foot-long plastic chain in any color you like, then attach the last link to a large S-hook. Fit the S-hook over the closet rod and finally—the coup de grace!—slip hangers hooks through each link in the chain. Smart, right?

 

3. THE RIGHT TRACK

Small Closet Ideas - Track Shelving

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If heaps of wrinkled clothes have turned the floor of your closet into a second hamper, don’t fret. You can restore order by installing track shelves. User-friendly and endlessly customizable, track shelving enable you to make the most of the vertical space—that’s the real key to making a small closet work harder for you at home.

 

4. HANGING BY A THREAD

Small Closet Ideas - Hanger Hack for Scarves and Ties

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Are there homeless hats, scarves, and belts hanging over the backs of chairs throughout your house? Stop the madness! There’s a better way: Create an off-the-wall organizer to serve as the designated, permanent home for accessories. Your solution doesn’t need to be fancy. Look at this one: It’s nothing more than a hanger on a nail, embellished with homemade hooks.

 

5. STAND ALONE

Small Closet Ideas - Standing Clothes Rack

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Take your most frequently worn items out of the closet and store them out in the open, in a freestanding organizer like this one. Watching your spending? Don’t shop for one; make your own instead. There are options aplenty. You can even get creative. The clothes rack picture came together entirely with repurposed materials, including an old office cabinet.

 

 

6. INSIDER SECRET

Small Closet Ideas - Door Organizer

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This surprisingly sleek solution works to wrangle craft supplies discreetly behind a linen closet door. But you can apply the same principle to any small closet, in any room.

 

7. TIES THAT BIND

Small Closet Ideas - DIY Tie Storage

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A bare-bones wardrobe assistant like this one provides the perfect perch for neckties and similar items. Mount yours to a side wall in the closet, to the back of the closet door, or even in your bedroom dressing area. Making one involves nothing more than driving a series of nails into the surface of a painted-or-stained piece of scrap wood.

 

8. SPLIT PERSONALITY

Small Closet Ideas - Built-in Shoe Cubbies

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In a space-challenged closet, forgo a single, inefficient tension rod in favor of this double-duty DIY organizer. By reserving half the closet for a skinny shelf and the other half for two short rods, you’ll create ample room for garments that hang as well as space for shoes and folded clothing, while minimizing visual clutter.

 

9. STAGGERING GENIUS

Small Closet Ideas - Dual Closet Rods

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It’s never too early to teach your little ones how to get organized. Easier said than done perhaps, but this simple idea certainly helps get the message across. What’s involved? Simply install a companion closet rod at a child-friendly height, both to let kids hang up their own clothes and also to give the closet a handy additional rung of hanging space.

 

10. FANCY FEET

Small Closet Ideas - High Heels Organizer

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For fashionable footwear display without the sticker shock, try this shoe rack on for size. It couldn’t be simpler: Just prop a sheet of sturdy wire mesh against the wall, then slip high heels in between the wires. (Want more ideas on how to organize shoes? Click here.)

 

11. CUSTOM COMBO

Small Closet Ideas - DIY Custom Closet

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Many homeowners who purchase a custom closet solution end up believing it was money well spent. Hiring professionals isn’t your only option, though. If you have the tools and experience, why not design and build your own? In fact, even for novice woodworkers, building out closet shelving and cubbies often makes for a satisfying project.

 

12. BEHIND BARS

Small Closet Ideas - Repurposed Towels Rods

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Need a place to put bath linens? Try mounting multiple towel bars inside the door to the nearest closet. You can even add curtain rings to the towel rods if you need to store, not towels and wash cloths, but small, loose items like jewelry.

 

13. SLIDE ON OVER

Small Closet Ideas - DIY Sliding Closet Door

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Escape clutter and invite rustic charm into your bedroom by eschewing a traditional out-swinging door in favor of one that slides back and forth. Barn doors are nothing new, of course, and there are many possible approaches, but one thing’s certain—there’s no better fix if your problem amounts to not being easily able to reach items toward the back or along the side of your closet.

 

 

14. ON DISPLAY

Small Closet Ideas - Shoe Shelf Storage

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Put your enviable shoe collection on display—and put a boring wall to work—with this easy little do-it-yourself trick. Negative space becomes elegant, economical storage.

 

15. DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Small Closet Ideas - Shelf Labels

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Successfully cramming more and more into a small closet isn’t the be all and end all. After all, to be truly satisfied with a closet, you need it to hold what you want, but you also need to be able to find what you need. Want to go the extra mile? Label shelves and cubbies to help make sure there’s a place for everything, and that everything stays in its place as time goes by.

 

16. ABOVE THE FOLD

Small Closet Ideas - Shelf Dividers

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Why is it so hard to keep clothes neatly folded on closet shelves? We may never know. But in the meantime, here’s a great way to reinstate order: set dividers at regular intervals along the full length of each shelf. That way, folded shirts, pants, and sweaters don’t revert to formless mounds of fabric that are a pain to sort and sift through.

 

17. FINAL CURTAIN

Small Closet Ideas - DIY Closet Curtain

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The biggest barrier between you and an functional, organized room may not be the cluttered contents of the closet, but the closet door itself. Consider removing and replacing the door with a floor-length curtain to add space and an element of luxury to a bedroom or guest room.

 

18. MISTAKEN IDENTIFY

Small Closet Ideas - DIY Storage Bin Labels

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Bins and baskets are go-to storage solutions for a small closet, but if they’re not properly marked, finding the item you want can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Before stashing closed storage bins in a closet, be sure to attach plain or decorative labels to them for easy retrieval.

 

19. SHELVE OLD IDEAS

Small Closet Ideas - Shelf Bracket Hangers

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When space is at a premium, consider this space-saving storage idea as an alternative to installing a second rod in a closet. Mount painted shelf brackets to the sides or back of a closet to hang wardrobe essentials efficiently and in a way that wards off wrinkles.

 

20. TIGHT CORNERS

Small Closet Ideas - S Hooks

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For certain items, S-hooks are your best bet, and that’s especially true in closet corners too cramped to accommodate the fuller width of a traditional hanger. Here, S-hooks hang alongside wire hangers to keep purses, belts, and hats suspended within easy arm’s reach.

 

21. LEADING LIGHTS

Small Closet Ideas - DIY Closet Lighting

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Is lack of light only making living with your small closet more difficult? There’s more than one way to improve the situation, but LED strips rank as one of the simplest, lowest-cost available options. Plug-in strips don’t require professional installation—far from it!—and LED bulbs last for years and years without ever needing replacement.

 


Solved! The Perfect Closet Rod Height

Are you tired of your cluttered closet? Improve your storage capabilities by learning perfect height for mounting a closet rod.

The Perfect Closet Rod Height – Solved!

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Q: I need to organize my closet of chaos with a closet rod, but I don’t know how high to mount the rod for easy access that doesn’t require me to strain my back or use a step stool. What’s the perfect closet rod height?

A: The ideal closet rod height really depends on how you plan on organizing this key storage space. While you might opt for a single-rod system that has only one tier of hanging space and lay shoe racks across the floor, you could eke out more hanging room by installing a double-rod system with one upper and one lower rod mounted in parallel. No matter the system you choose, finding the proper height at which to install closet rods allows adults of average build to access clothing from a standing position—no back strains or step stools necessary.

For a single-rod system, mount the rod 66 inches above the floor. This closet rod height enables long coats, skirts, pants, dresses, and suits to hang mid-air without folding or brushing against the closet floor. Ultimately, your garments will remain clean, wrinkle-free, and in less frequent need of ironing.

Adjust the standard closet rod height if installing a double-rod closet system. For the average person whose wardrobe contains few lengthy garments, single-rod systems leave lots of unused square footage in the closet. Double-rod systems put this extra space to use with an additional rod mounted a few feet below the top rod. If installing a double-rod closet system, mount the top rod 81-¾ inches above the floor and the lower rod 40-½ inches above the floor. This arrangement allow you to easily hang everyday shirts, blouses, blazers, shorts, and folded pants on the lower bar, while reserving the top rod for less frequently-worn long coats and skirts. If installing a double-rod closet system for a small child, mount the lower rod 30 inches above the floor to put outfits within reach of little ones.

The Perfect Closet Rod Height – Solved!

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Leave wiggle room between closet rods and shelves. Say a shelf built into your closet obstructs the optimal rod placement position. If this is the case, mount the closet rod below the shelf, achieving a distance of at least two inches from the bottom of the shelf to the top of the rod. Without this clearance, the space between the shelf and rod will be too tight to maneuver hangers.

Opt for a closet rod depth of at least 12 inches. Closet rod height isn’t the only aspect to consider for perfect placement. You also need to adhere to a precise closet rod depth, which is how far the rod is situated from the rear wall of the closet. If you don’t leave sufficient space between the rod and the rear wall, one side of all garments will wrinkle from being bunched up against it. You can avoid this clothing disaster by mounting the rod at least 12 inches from the rear wall of the closet. Keep in mind that the average closet has a depth of 24 inches.

Mark the closet rod measurements before mounting to ensure perfect placement. First, position your tape measure horizontally, and measure 12 inches from the rear wall. This marks the ideal depth of the closet rod. Next, you’ll want measure 66 inches from the ground upward, which marks the ideal closet rod height. The intersection of these two measurements (12-inch depth and 66-inch height) indicates where you should install the rod.

Use the bottom of the rod as a guide when measuring height. Plan to align the bottom of the closet rod with the 66-inch marking when mounting the rod—this means there should be a full 66 inches between the rod and the floor once you’ve installed it.

Drill walls and mount hardware. When you’ve found and marked the optimal closet rod height, drill holes into the marked locations on the sidewalls (first ensuring the walls have studs in order to best support the full weight of your wardrobe). Then insert a heavy-duty wall anchor or other mounting hardware into each of the holes, and secure your rod holder to the anchors. Be sure to use a level to check your work. Once you’ve mounted the closet rod onto its holder, you’re well on your way to completing a total closet organization.


All You Need to Know About Cedar Closets

Looking to stow your special-occasion and out-of-season clothing? Keep it safe from moth damage with cedar.

Why Homeowners Love Cedar Closets

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Prized for repelling sweater-munching moths, the woodsy aroma of cedar is finding new fans in eco-savvy homeowners looking for natural alternatives to toxic pesticides and smelly mothballs. If you’re looking to set up cedar closets at home, or the scent of cedar brings back fond childhood memories of your own grandma’s closet, keep reading. We’ll let you know what cedar can (and can’t) do for you and provide the need-to-know installation tips for do-it-yourselfers.

Aromatic Assets
You may know that cedar is often found in high-end exterior deck and fence construction, where it’s valued for its ability to resist damage from moisture and termites. Installed indoors, it’s insect repellent, to boot! The strongly scented oils in aromatic Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) slowly evaporate from the wood, emitting a scent that sends insects scurrying in the opposite direction. When aromatic cedar is used to line an enclosed space, such as a closet or a cedar chest, the scent can fill and protect the entire space from unwanted pests.

A Couple of Considerations
Clothing stored in cedar closets can take on a mild cedar odor, which usually fades in a few hours of being removed from the closet. Over time, aromatic cedar loses its aroma, but it can be restored by sanding away the top layer of the wood. Depending on the original strength of the scent in the wood (which varies), this may have to be done every three to seven years to refresh the wood’s insect-repelling aroma.

While most find the scent of cedar pleasing, some don’t—make sure you enjoy the aroma before installing cedar lining in a closet. Although relatively rare, some people are actually sensitive to the oils emitted by red cedar and may suffer skin irritation from direct contact. A Japanese study even found a correlation between aromatic red cedar and an increased risk of asthma in workers who were in frequent contact with the wood. If you’re concerned, speak with your doctor before proceeding with plans to install cedar closets in your home.

 

How to Turn Any Closet into a Cedar Closet

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Material Matters
Cedar closet planks, such as these available from Home Depot, cover 15 sq. ft. of wall space for about $30. The planks come with tongue-and-groove assembly, which means the sides of the board interlock to hide the nails used to attach the planks. To line the interior of a standard 4-ft. by 8-ft. closet with an 8-ft. ceiling, you’d need approximately 12 boxes of cedar closet planks (remember to subtract the door from your figures)—that’s about $360. Add to that the cost of additional baseboard, corner, and interior closet door trim—which could run another $25 to $30—and the total cost of the project runs to just under $400. Closet planks are milled from highly aromatic red cedar and are the most reliable way to ensure good bug-repelling aroma.

A less expensive alternative is to line the closet with ¼-inch-thick aromatic cedar plywood, which runs about $33 for a 4X8 sheet. You can line the same 4-ft. by 8-ft. closet with cedar plywood for less than $200. With the additional cost of trim, the total project runs approximately $230. When buying cedar plywood, make sure it’s labeled as “aromatic.” Some types of cedar, such as white cedar, have little to no noticeable scent. Cedar plywood will have a milder scent than solid cedar closet planks and the look is more rustic, as the sheets must be face-nailed during installation.

 

All You Need to Know About Cedar Closets

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DIY Tips for the Best Results
Installing a cedar closet lining is an especially DIY-friendly project since the cedar planks or plywood panels attach to the inside of the existing closet and no advanced framing or carpentry skills are necessary. You will, however, need to be able to measure and cut the panels or planks with accuracy and be comfortable using a hammer and nails or a pneumatic pin nailer (for installing tongue and groove planks). The following tips may help during the installation process:

• The best way to install cedar planks is horizontally, so you can attach them to the vertical wall studs that lie beneath the drywall. No need to remove the drywall, the planks install right over it.

• Pop chalk lines on the drywall, over each stud, to serve as a guide for inserting the nails. A stud finder can help you locate the studs.

• A pneumatic pin nailer, fitted with 5D nails, is quicker and more efficient than using a hammer and nails when installing tongue and groove planks, but feel free to use a hammer if you like. You can rent a pin nailer from a construction rental store for about $25 per day.

• If you’re installing 4X8 cedar panels, push the panels tightly against the ceiling before nailing them (with standard paneling nails) to the wall studs. This way you’ll have a nice tight seam at the ceiling and any gap at the bottom can be covered with base trim.

• Sand the cedar after installation to refresh its surface and bring out its insect-repelling aroma.

• Do not seal the cedar! Applying any type of sealant or top coat will block the aroma, which defeats the purpose of installing cedar closets in the first place.


How To: Create a Walk-In Closet in 1 Hour

Get the closet storage space of your dreams with a few easy steps and a sturdy, simple DIY shelving system.

EZ Shelf Walk-In Closet Kit

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Have you dreamed about a walk-in closet with endless storage possibilities for clothes and accessories? Fortunately, virtually any spare space—from an underused home office to a small bedroom sitting vacant now that the kids have grown up and left the nest—can be transformed to efficiently contain almost everything you own, all without having to hire a pricey pro or deal with messy construction. Just turn to the Walk-In Closet Organizer, a modular storage solution from EZ Shelf. It’s a sturdy, user-friendly system that will let you create a wardrobe that wows in just about an hour. Made of high-strength expandable steel tubing, each shelf can hold up to 200 pounds (in only ½” drywall) and can be installed anywhere—securing to wall studs are NOT required for all that weight. Read on to learn how you can create a fully functional walk-in closet space. Then, grab a few basic tools, and seven short steps later, you’ll be using the time and money you saved to fill your closet up with great new clothes!

MATERIALS AND TOOLS Available on Amazon
Vacuum or broom
Tape measure
– EZ Shelf Expandable Walk-In Closet Organizer in white (also available in silver)
Tape
Level
Pencil
Power screwdriver/drill
Hammer or mallet
EZ Shelf Expandable Shoe Rack

Step 1: Clear out and measure up.
Empty the room of its current contents, sorting as you go. Consolidate what you’re sure you’ll use, donate anything else that’s “perfectly good” but of no use to you, and toss the rest. Vacuum or sweep the space well. Once you’ve got a blank slate, measure the room to get a sense of the area you’ve got to work with. Available in either white or silver to suit your style, the Walk-In Closet Kit adapts to fit a space of any size or shape by offering five shelf-and-rod units that can be mounted in one of two ways: extended between two side walls or attached to the wall via a bracket. Plus, each shelf expands from 40 inches to 73 inches—altogether, that’s almost 30.5 feet for storing boxes or hanging garments—and you can squeeze the shelves into a narrow space or fill a long wall.

Step 2: Find your flow.
Plan the placement of the contents of your closet in a way that will best suit your needs and lifestyle. Group all like items together: shirts with shirts, pants with pants, and so on. Chances are there are certain go-to items you wear or use often, so you’ll want them to be accessible most easily and on a completely separate rod. Keep to the rule of thumb most professional stylists and closet experts recommend: If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it. The beauty of this DIY closet system is that it allows you to put items on shelves and hang them on racks, rather than dig through drawers and opaque bins. Everything remains organized and in view.

EZ Shelf Shoe Rack

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Step 3: Install sidewall shelving.
Consider mounting at least one expandable closet shelf with an accompanying bar to run the full length. Use the tape measure to find and mark the exact height of the shelf that you want to extend between the two sidewalls. Typically, for a double hang area, you’d position the lower shelf and rod 40 to 42 inches high (from the floor to the top of its rod) and the top shelf and rod combo 80 to 84 inches high (from the floor to the top of its rod). Then, punch out the template that comes with the kit, tape it to the wall, and use a level to ensure that your shelf surface will be level. Mark the anchor placements on each sidewall in pencil. Using four high-strength anchors and an electric drill/screwdriver, install the first tube receiver to the left sidewall and check its positioning with a level. Insert one expandable, high-strength steel tube into the opening closest to the wall on the receiver; use hammer or mallet if necessary to fit it in place. Then, attach the second tube receiver—or an end bracket that allows you to combine modular shelves to span longer than 73″—on the right end, and extend the tube with its receiver to reach the opposite wall. Before you repeat installation there, make certain that both the tube and tube receiver are level: The tube should be perfectly horizontal and the tube receiver should be level front to back along the sidewall.

After both receivers and the back tube are in place, insert and expand the remaining four steel tubes to fit. Finally, mount the center support to the back wall, and then insert the hanging rod. Twist the rod so it expands to fit snugly in your space, and the first of your closet organizers is good to go!

Step 4: Put up bracket shelves.
Installation of shelves shorter than the full width of a wall (say, those meant to hang a small selection of pants beneath a collection of dresses, shirts, jackets, and more) is accomplished similarly to the easy process described in Step 3, but these short shelves attach to the back wall with at least one end bracket. So, rather than installing an end-to-end configuration between sidewalls, you’ll use the included template to help you fasten an end bracket and tube receiver assembly to the back wall, then attach the back tube and extend it out toward the sidewall, where you’ll insert it into the end bracket/tube receiver assembly. Then, you just need to add a center support and the hanging tube. Sound like a snap? It is! To see how easy, check out the installation videos.

Step 5: Arrange the remaining shelves.
The Expandable Walk-In Closet Organizer includes five shelf-and-rod units along with all necessary tube receivers for sidewall mounting and five center supports, as well as four end brackets to allow all the versatility you could possibly need. Customize your closet in a way that’s just right for your stuff and your space. For instance, in a “U”-shaped closet you could install double hanging on the left and right sides and a single hanging for long garments on the back wall. Or, if your space is large enough, you can purchase and install an extra stack of three to five expandable shelves (without the hanging rods) on one wall at whatever heights work best for storage of folded items like sweaters and short sleeve shirts or bins of accessories. Place these shelves anywhere you like without fussing over finding wall studs, and rest assured that the shelves will hold up to 200 pounds each.

Step 6: Let it grow!
Unlike other shelving, EZ Shelf is modular, so you can expand your walk-in closet in different combinations to fit your changing needs. Add more shelves as needed, connect shelves to one another to create storage longer than 73 inches, or—if you have a shelf left over—install it in another room that could use some durable storage. EZ Shelf products even work great as laundry room shelving or mudroom organizers!

Step 7: Personalize and decorate.
Take a few minutes to make your walk-in closet a truly unique, luxurious retreat. First, stack wicker baskets (or, for better visibility of contents, choose wire baskets or clear bins) atop high shelves to organize out-of-season accessories. Then, consider stationing an Expandable Shoe Rack in a bit of open floor space so your footwear will always be organized and in reach. A full-length mirror on the door and a few decorative touches, and you’re done. With a walk-in closet so great, you may never wish to walk out!

 

EZ Shelf White Walk-In Closet Organizer

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This post has been brought to you by EZ Shelf. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.


Video: It’s Time to Toss These Household Items

Even an organized home has a few dirty secrets. Get rid of yours by clearing out the junk you don't need.

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Admit it: Your garage, pantry, and closet are full of unused items. All of that junk is just one more organizational challenge keeping you from using your space to its full potential. Whether you face a plastic bag avalanche every time you open the broom closet, or struggle to sort through outdated threads when choosing an outfit each morning, one thing’s for sure: You can cut the clutter and live better in the process. Watch and learn which things to toss for a more organized life.

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3 Reasons to Replace Your Wire Shelving

If flimsy shelves are letting you down, upgrade to this smart, sturdy, simple-to-install solution that adapts to your storage needs.

Walk-In Closet Shelving from EZ Shelf

Photo: ezshelf.com

Homeowners and renters alike install wire shelving for storage and organizing, only to quickly become dissatisfied. The first problems they notice? For one thing, wire shelves tend not to be very attractive. For another, they’re hard to clean. Another frustration: Since wire shelves must be installed directly to wall studs, you can’t put them where they’d best suit your needs, space, or style. Plus, the setup process often proves tricky and time-consuming, since there are typically many parts and pieces to measure and cut. Then in the end, once you’ve finally managed to get the shelves into position, it turns out they can’t hold much weight—a problem if you’re storing anything heavier than a few folded sweaters!

Fortunately, there’s an alternative to inferior wire shelving—an alternative that goes up in minutes, virtually anywhere, and can be expanded to accommodate your needs as they change over time. Meet the EZ Shelf system. With it, you can organize everything from clothes and linen closets to your kitchen pantry and garage workshop. Constructed of high-strength steel tubing instead of flimsy wire, EZ Shelf boasts a lifetime guarantee and “Made in USA” certification. Precious few alternatives can say the same. But for details on the other ways in which EZ Shelf stands out in the market, read on.

Opt for modular versatility. With EZ Shelf expandable shelving, there’s NO cutting, and you can skip the search for studs. The solution installs in mere minutes with only a few common household tools. You also have the flexibility to install EZ Shelf on any wall (even one with no side walls) in any part of your home. Meanwhile, the expandable, modular design lets you customize EZ Shelf to match your current needs precisely—but if your needs change in the future, the system easily adapts. Start with the popular, all-purpose 40″ – 73″ Expandable Closet Shelf & Rod, or customize a particular, closet, garage, laundry room or office with a shelf system specially designed for the purpose. Organizing has never been so adaptable and convenient.

Garage Shelves from EZ Shelf

Photo: ezshelf.com

Rely on the strength of steel. The most versatile shelving system in the world won’t do any good if it can’t support much weight. Typically, wire shelving maxes out at around 80 pounds. However, being made of steel, the tough, dependable EZ Shelf can hold up to 200 pounds (without securing to studs in 1/2” drywall) and the EZ Shelf heavy-duty garage shelving can handle even more—a whopping 250 pounds. When secured to studs EZ Shelf can hold 300lbs over a 6’ length. Whether you store stuff on top of the shelf or hang items down from the tubular rods, you can rest assured that EZ Shelf can manage the weight and bulk of everything from bicycles and books to paint cans and home gym equipment like dumbbells.

Clean up with a swipe. Notoriously difficult to clean, wire shelving attracts dust and dirt like a magnet. It’s even harder to maintain if you’re dealing with a spill of laundry detergent, motor oil, or anything else similarly sticky or greasy. What’s more: Wire shelves tend to rust, and when that happens, there’s a risk of damage to anything you place on the shelf, be it a cashmere sweater of a family heirloom. By contrast, EZ Shelf cleans up with nothing more than the wipe of a rag and, being made of steel, the closet system resists rust (mold and mildew, too).

Sleekly designed and available in white or silver finish, EZ Shelf brings style to your space. So, whether you’re ready to retire that wire or you’re simply hunting for a new storage setup, the time has come for EZ Shelf—a sturdy shelving system that installs anywhere, holds everything, and looks great doing it!

 

Silver Garage Shelving from EZ Shelf

Photo: ezshelf.com

 

This post has been brought to you by EZ Shelf. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.


Bob Vila Radio: Winterizing Wooden Furniture

Wondering why your furniture and floors lose their luster in winter? All that dry indoor air can cause cracks, splits, and gaps in wood. Luckily, all you need is a little know-how to guard against damage.

When your heating system is cranking, dry indoor air can do a number on your wood furniture and, for that matter, any other wood that’s in your home. While indoor humidity levels range from 30 to 60 percent during the rest of the year, in the coldest months it can plummet into the teens.

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Listen to BOB VILA ON PROTECTING FURNITURE FROM DRY AIR or read on below:

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When that happens, the dry air takes moisture from anything it can, and that can lead to major problems: splits and cracks in furniture, woodwork, and walls; gaps in hardwood floors and cabinets; and doors that no longer fit properly.

To guard against that kind of damage, buy a high-quality furniture oil that penetrates the surface. Check the label, and avoid polishes that contain silicone—they won’t protect your furniture, and may cause build up, hiding the natural beauty of the wood.

Bob Vila Radio is a 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day carried on more than 186 stations in 75 markets around the country. Click here to subscribe, so you can automatically receive each new episode as it arrives—absolutely free!


Genius! The DIY Dog Feeder that Doubles as Storage

If you’re still working like a dog to keep Fido full during the day, try your hand at this DIY dog bowl stand to curb your canine’s cravings and reclaim your closet space.

DIY Dog Feeding Station

Photo: youtube.com via DIY Creators

Pet parents know that there isn’t ever a great place to store bulky bags of dry kibble. Closets are typically already too cramped to fit a food supply, and the dry food’s smell could attract an infestation of rodents out in the garage where it may go unnoticed—not to mention wastes energy hauling the heavy bag to and from the bowl. Fortunately for space-starved pet owners, home improvement guru Glen has just the thing to take the frenzy out of feeding time. The part-time vlogger and full-time home automation systems designer translated his passion for home improvement to the small screen with his dual-purpose DIY dog feeding station that combines the storage and serving bowls into one compact cabinet. Using only plywood, a drawer track, and an underbed storage container, you can recreate Glen’s results at home to restore order to dinner time.

For the frame of the dog feeding station, Glen cut a single plywood sheet into the panels for the back, sides, top, and bottom—all just large enough to accommodate the underbed storage bin of kibble that will go inside—and assembled them into an open-front box using a power drill and screws. Rather than attaching the front panel to the box itself, it connects to a drawer slide that glides along tracks installed in the cabinet interior. Give the front a tug, and it pulls forward to expose the secret stash of dog food ready to replenish the bowls at meal time.

Thanks to the depth needed in food storage drawer, food and water bowls (which were dropped into cutouts made in the top of the DIY dog feeder using a jigsaw) are now at the perfect height for medium- to large-sized dogs to chow down around the clock. But, cat owners, take heart: You can make shorter cuts to make the feeder feline-friendly, too! As a result, it’ll just have a smaller drawer for food storage.

Glen finished the feeder with some trim, contrasting coats of white paint and dark wood stain, and a sleek cabinet pull for quick access to the kibble stashed out of sight. And although your canine is sure to fall in puppy love with the appetizing outside of the station, one last detail on the inside makes this piece particularly fetching: A battery-powered LED light that automatically switches on when the door opens, and shuts off when it closes, making early morning and late night refills as easy as possible—for you and for Fido.

FOR MORE: DIY Creators on YouTube

DIY Dog Feeding Station with Food Storage

Photo: youtube.com via DIY Creators

 

DIY Projects Anyone Can Do

All of the Best Hands-on Tutorials from BobVila.com
Get the nitty-gritty details you need—and the jaw-dropping inspiration you want—from our collection of the favorite projects ever featured on BobVila.com. Whether your goal is to fix, tinker, build or make something better, your next adventure in DIY starts here.


Genius! The Foldaway Fix for a Clunky TV

If you need your Netflix but hate the look of your turned-off TV, try this out-of-the-box solution to transform an old dresser, ottoman, or chest into a foldaway entertainment center.

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Photo: deuce-cities-henhouse.com

Dedicated DIY-ers like Allison Allen know that fixing one design problem often causes another. When Allen, the blogger behind Deuce Cities Henhouse, fit her bed frame cozily in the far end of her narrow bedroom in order to regain floor space, the extra-long space meant that a television lining the wall opposite her seat in bed would be yards and yards away. Since she and her husband loved their late-night shows, the fix had to be functional and beautiful. Puzzling out the best placement for the TVwithout adding visual clutter to the calming space she’d worked so hard to create—was proving to be a problem.

Luckily, the solution was already in her bedroom, in the unlikely form of a beat-up credenza. Allen rejigged the cheap IKEA cabinet with a hinged top so that it could lift to reveal a TV for hours of entertainment and fold down come time to sleep, read, or work from home. She began the conversion by removing the old particle board top and replacing it with a sturdy piece of pine cut to size and secured it with screws. The DIY TV stand’s clever foldaway feature utilizes a piano hinge attached to half of the lid’s lower edge, along with a TV mount and locking supports to hold the unit open. Finding the right placement for all that hardware required a lot of trial and error, and Allen admits that she “thought about scrapping it a dozen times.”

Well, we’re glad she didn’t! Replicate this deluxe DIY TV stand from a credenza or other similarly-sized piece with enough space to tuck in your TV—like a dresser, trunk, or ottoman—and you can marathon all of your favorite shows without straining to take in all the action. And if you’re worried about tripping over exposed cables, copy Allen’s approach and route any cords through the back of the credenza and under the bed before plugging it in. After you’ve worked through these detailed plans once, getting your fix of television is as simple as lifting the lid.

FOR MORE: Deuce Cities Henhouse

diy-tv-stand

Photo: deucecitieshenhouse.com

 

DIY Projects Anyone Can Do

All of the Best Hands-on Tutorials from BobVila.com Get the nitty-gritty details you need—and the jaw-dropping inspiration you want—from our collection of the favorite projects
ever featured on BobVila.com. Whether your goal is to fix, tinker, build or make something better, your next adventure in DIY starts here.