Build Twin Closets with Narrow Double Doors That Hide the Interior Shelves and Hanging Storage Space While Requiring Minimal Clearance

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.

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cutting two-by-four framing with a power saw
Step 1

Plan the Closets and Cut Two-by-fours to Dimension for Framing

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.

supporting the frame temporarily with a two-by-four
Step 2

Assemble Frames and Attach the Components to Studs

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.

pre-drilling the wall stud for a toggle bolt
Step 3

Cut Vertical Supports and Secure with Toggle Bolts and Screws

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.

securing the closets' horizontal floor framing
Step 4

Install Framing for the Corner that Juts into the Room

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.

attaching fascia boards to the closets
Step 5

Face the Sides of the Closets with 3/4-Inch MDF

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.

drilling pilot holes through the piano hinges
Step 6

Mount a Piano Hinge on Each Raised-panel Closet Door

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.

resting a door on shims to ensure floor clearance
Step 7

Position and Mount Each Door to the Closet Frames

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 a template to position holes in the frame. Secure the door with screws.

adding facing strips to reinforce vinyl-coated shelves
Step 8

Reinforce Stock Shelves to Add More Rigidity and Support

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.

examining the magnetic fasteners on the doorstop
Step 9

Add Doorstops and Magnetic Fasteners to Latch the Closet Doors

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.

painting the new closets
Step 10

Install Crown Molding, Add a Coat of Primer and Paint

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.

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