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How to Install a Heavy-Duty Closet Organizer

A closet organizer can help you reduce clutter and maximize the use of your space. Learn how to install a closet organizer with these easy steps.

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closet organizer can help reduce clutter
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Prep the Closet

Remove everything from the closet, including the existing shelves. Removing the doors will allow easier access and make the installation simpler. Patch any holes with spackling compound or other appropriate filler.

Step 2: Assemble and Position the Organizer

Assemble the closet organizer according to the manufacturer's instructions. Most organizers are put together with cam locks and connecting bolts. Don't use a power screwdriver when tightening cam locks: you might overtighten them and damage the connecting bolt. Position the main unit in the closet, and mark the location for the wall cleat. Use the stud finder to locate and mark studs for the cleat. Transfer the stud measurements to the cleat, drill pilot holes, and attach the cleat to the wall with screws. If no studs are available, use a toggle fastener.

Step 3: Hang the Cabinet

Hang the assembled main cabinet on the wall cleat, and secure it with screws or toggles.

hang assembled main cabinet on wall cleat

Step 4: Attach the Drawers

Screw drawer glides into place in the cabinet. Slide the drawers into the cabinet, and secure the drawer fronts with the screws provided. Adjust the drawer fronts until they're even, and attach the drawer hardware.

screw drawer glides into place in cabinet

Step 5: Install the Side and Top Panels

Place the level on top of the main cabinet so that it extends to the side of the closet. Hold the side panel against the wall, and lift it until it reaches the level (Image 1). Use screws to secure the side panel to the wall. Hold the top panel in place, and mark the surface along the edge of the main unit (Image 2). Cut the panel to size with a circular saw. Install the support pins for the top panel, then lay the panel on top of the pins.

Step 6: Install the Rod

Use a hacksaw to cut the clothes-hanging rod to size, and file off any burrs. Then attach the rod hardware and install the hanging rod.