Construct two spacious closets on an empty wall and transform unused space into much needed shelf and clothes-hanging storage. Mount ready-made raised panel doors on each closet--in this case, narrow double doors that require minimal clearance space to open--and your DIY project blends in with the rest of the decor for an attractive and practical addition.
Plan the closet dimensions and features to accommodate your room and furniture as well as your storage needs. Cut two-by-fours for interior closet framing with horizontal components at the ceiling and floor and vertical components between.
Locate and mark studs with an electronic stud finder. Construct top frames as individual units, drilling clearance holes and driving in screws to secure joints. Support temporarily with two-by-fours and screw through frames directly to the wall studs.
Cut and notch two-by-four vertical supports to clear the baseboard. Pre-drill the wall stud for a toggle bolt to secure the post and drive in screws to attach posts to the upper frame and the baseboards.
Finish the closets' horizontal floor framing from the wall to the inner corner that juts into the room--essentially the depth of the closet. Secure the final vertical post to the framing and ceiling to complete the interior structure.
Install left and right sides to each closet. Use 3/4-inch thick medium density fiberboard (MDF) and attach panels with a cordless nail gun. Add fascia boards across the top front of the frames and secure with a nail gun.
Drill pilot holes for the piano hinge in the mounting edge of each purchased raised-panel door. Use a self-centering bit and position the holes using the piano hinge as a template. Secure the piano hinges with screws.
Rest each door on shims to maintain correct elevation for floor clearance while mounting the door on the closet frame. Use the self-centering bit and piano hinge as template to position holes in the frame. Secure the door with screws.
Purchase stock vinyl-coated shelves to customize the inside of one closet. Reinforce the shelves with glued and nailed strips of narrow wooden facing to make them stiffer and give them a more finished look.
Add a wooden doorstop and magnetic fasteners to latch each pair of doors. Secure shelving standards to the interior side of one closet and insert metal clips to support shelves. Install brackets for clothes rods in the other closet.
Install crown molding to dress the top of the closet at the ceiling. Mask the wall intersections with painters' tape. Apply a coat of primer to all the project components and then paint with semi-gloss match surrounding trim.