Build Twin Closet Shelves

If one closet shelf is good, two must be better

Build closet shelves that double your storage space with these plans for twin shelves. Take your closet real estate to its full potential and store twice as much.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine


One day




$20 - $100

Build and secure the shelves

I tossed my hat onto the closet shelf the other day and discovered a whole lot of unused real estate up there. Made me think, if one shelf is good, two would be better. And the upper shelf could be 15 in. deep instead of 12 in. because there's no closet rod hanging out below. The deep baskets help with the organization; cabinet knobs make for easier access. We show a two-tier shelf; you can install three if your closets (and you) are tall enough.

Figure A: Closet Shelf

This diagram shows how the individual pieces of the twin closet shelves fit together.

Figure A: Closet Shelf

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill
  • Circular saw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Baskets
  • 1-5/8 inch screws
  • Closet rod
  • Brackets
  • Plywood

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