Building A Closet

Pre-Planning Before Building a Closet

Building a closet in a space in your home can be a great addition to a room both in terms of home value and for simply improving a room.  If you have a room that you formerly used as a den or as a playroom and you now want to install a closet to make it more suitable for your expanding family, then you will want to think through this project carefully.  Installing a closet is not a difficult project if you have had experience building things and remodeling, but it can be moderately challenging if you are a beginner.

The key to getting it right is to pre-plan everything in advance so that you don’t end up having to redo things.  Follow these steps and you will be well on your way to building a closet in that spare room.


Perhaps one of the most important questions you will want to consider when building a closet in a spare room is where to place it.  There are multiple considerations when it comes to this question.  The first question is one of feasibility.  In order to build an inset closet, you will first want to make sure that it is possible to have a space there.  If a wall of a room shares a wall with another room or a hallway, for example, it will simply not be possible to install a wall-closet there since it would stick into the other space.  Always investigate what is on the other side of the wall before you begin knocking down walls.

Another very important consideration when it comes to closet placement is what your place will do to the interior of the room you are decorating.  You do not want to cover up window space—especially in a small room, so you usually want to pick one of the interior walls.

Deciding between Interior and Exterior Closets

Exterior closets (closets that stick out into the space) are much easier to build than interior closets that actually require you to knock down walls in order to build the closet.  Of course, you will give up a lot of floor space with interior closets, making a small room even smaller.  Make sure that you are actually willing to live with the lost space.


When you are actually in the act of building, you will want to remember to block out the wall space of the closet itself with two by fours in order to give yourself anchoring foundations along the wall.  Once you have dry walled, you want to be able to pound nails into the two-by-fours in order to hang shelves and cross poles.


If you have decided that building a closet sunk into the wall is the way to go, you will also want to consider electricity—especially if you are planning a deep, walk in closet.  A ceiling light is sometimes a necessary addition.  Trying to add a ceiling light to an area can be fairly challenging, however, since it requires you to reroute wiring.  If you are beginner, this might not be the right project for you.

In addition, getting the space to conform to safety regulations can be more difficulty than your average newbie would like to endure when it comes to building a closet.

Pre-Fab or By Hand

Finally, you will want to consider whether you actually want to build every part of your closet or if it might not be less of a headache and wiser to buy the closet pre-fabricated and build it according to the enclosed instructions.  If you do not have a lot of expertise in building closets, this should definitely be the way to go.

BE SAFE!  Finally, remember always to be safe both while building your closet and once you are done.  A poorly constructed closet in a child’s room can be dangerous, so make sure that you know what you are doing before you set out on a project like this.