Improving Small Closet Functionality

Ok, this is going to be a relatively boring post. There are no flashy design ideas, splashy colors or totally room makeovers here. Even the title is boring.

But if you’d like to see how you can make your small closet work harder for you for just $36, read on.

First of all, here is the “before” of the room – this very blue room has two small closets. My daughter is using one for storage of tween stuff (whatever that is) and the other for clothes.

two small closets

To see the flashy “after” pictures of the room redesign, visit A Blue Tween Room for Girls

Ok, back to the closet designated for clothes. There was one wire shelf with hanging space. Now there are two shelves and two rods. Exciting, huh?

closet before and after

measure twice cut onceHere is how we did it:

  1. Hubby picked up some boards, two rods, and hardware to hang the rods for $36.
  2. We cut and painted the wood for the wall braces and shelves
  3. We then assembled the pieces (measuring twice and cutting once)

As a little something extra, we added a board of hooks for belts, purses, etc.

closet wall hooks

My daughter’s canopy bed came in handy during the transition.

clothes hanging on canopy bed

And here is the happy ending. A closet she can (hopefully) keep organized.

closet after

And as a bonus – we’re moving the wire shelf we took down to the other “tween stuff” closet.

Sometimes it is the tiny tedious touches that make a room work.

I love reading comments and yes, I read every one!


  1. says

    That’s pretty nice closet make over. Dividers are the great organizers. The transformation is really reflected with the last photo. You won’t have any hassles from now on. Maybe I can do the same on my room :)

  2. says

    I love your daughter Canopy Bed. It really caught my eyes. Anyway, good idea about your closet makeover. It looks really great. Good to know that your hubby can do DIY. :)

  3. says

    This is a great method, I might use this in a couple of my closets. I hate those wire shelves for hanging clothes. Is the hardware made specifically for shelf poles like this?


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