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How to Install a Closet Organizer

When closets become cluttered and disorganized, much of the space is wasted. To make the most of your space, install a closet organizer.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prep the Closet

Remove everything from the closet, including the doors and existing shelves.

Patch any holes with spackling compound or other appropriate filler, and paint the closet.

patch holes with spackling compound

Step 2: Mark the Mounting Locations and Drill the Holes

Mark the mounting locations for the closet-organizer shelf tower on the back of the closet wall.

Mark the positions of the left and right side walls from their respective corners.

Dry-fit the support posts to determine where to drill holes for the wall anchors. Drill the holes, and drive the anchors into the wall.

Step 3: Mount the Brackets

When all holes are drilled and the anchors are in place, screw in bracket supports for the shelf-tower brackets (Image 1).

Hang the brackets onto the supports by sliding them in place (Image 2).
Mount the shelf-tower support post to the brackets with screws (Image 3).

Step 4: Install the Side Walls and Shelving

Begin installing the side wall by securing the clothes-hanger-bar brackets to the closet wall (Image 1).

Snap the shelf planking onto the shelf-tower unit (Image 2).

Set the hanger bars in place, and measure and mark a wire plank to be cut for the top shelf. Cut the wire plank with a hacksaw, and snap plastic caps onto the cut ends (Image 3).

Snap plastic caps onto the tops of the support posts.