Time to transform the function and beauty of your home behind closed doors! A closet makeover can be one of the most satisfying projects you can tackle before you begin a new season. I’m going to share 6 closet makeovers that you can DIY, using examples from my home, with details on the tools and basic supplies you need for all of them!
Because a closet is a small space, progress moves quickly and materials are affordable! As you remove everything for the makeover, purging unnecessary items will reduce clutter, and organizing what you have left allows you to create a system of accessibility that helps you find what you need efficiently.
1- Linen Closet
A linen closet is makeover is a perfect project to DIY. Line the walls with cedar planks like I did, or use shiplap (white or stained), and install some basic laminate-coated shelves for a timeless and sturdy closet makeover. By keeping all the organization bins and containers the same color, it looks cohesive and classy.
Get all the details on this Cedar Linen Closet Makeover HERE.
2- Home Decor Closet
Besides having organizational bins to hold seasonal items tucked away in an attic or garage, it is important to have your regular-use home decor items organized.
Before you head into the cooler months with lots of holidays and potential entertaining/redecorating ahead of you, create a designated space for your home decor and table decor! A home decor closet makeover is a great way to take inventory of what you already have, donate what you don’t use as often or don’t need, and organize it all in one place. I don’t know about you, but before I created a home decor closet, I was tucking things in several places around the house, which made it harder to find when I needed it, which made me want to buy new things more often! Use what you have by organizing it all in one place.
A fun way to corral smaller items like candlesticks, spare flatware, taper candles, and fabric napkins, is to use vintage crates, baskets, and caddies. Getting creative with vintage storage containers will also provide additional options for centerpieces (think of that vintage wooden crate tucked with flowers or greenery)!
3- Craft Closet
Since many of us are spending more time at home with children, and the school year might include more home-based schooling, a craft closet makeover is an essential weekend project!
If you don’t have an extra closet to use for crafts, consider building one! We had about 2 feet of space along a wall in our basement, so I built this unit to house toys in the baskets below and craft supplies in the cabinets above. Building an organizational unit is a great way to add storage to your home, and keep crafts contained to one room or one area (since all the supplies are close at hand).
4- Kid’s Room Closet
Before you get new clothes and shoes for the approaching school year, a kid’s room closet makeover is a must! Builders often use wire shelving which is not always sturdy and is not the best use of space (most have just 2 main shelves). With a little creativity, you can use 1/2″ plywood and make shelves, drawers, and cubbies in a kid’s room or guest room closet.
We found that making over our boys’ room closet allowed us to hold everything we had before and had EXTRA space to grow with! We ditched the dresser in the bedroom, to open up space for a desk, and put all the clothes in closet drawers and hung up. Shoes and small toys went in the baskets, and space below held dirty laundry. Clear bins on the very top shelf kept out-of-season clothes and past school year keepsakes and artwork.
See this kid’s closet makeover HERE.
5- Coat Closet
Changing seasons brings out the thicker, warmer outwear and you might be limited in the space you keep your coats. A coat closet makeover is the perfect project to tackle when you are packing away or donating warm-weather or out-grown jackets. Purge what you don’t need, and while you are at it, line the walls with cedar planks or shiplap! The cedar wood absorbs odd smells from coats and shoes too!
We added a shoe cabinet from Ikea at the bottom (just didn’t attach the feet), and it allowed us much more space to install hooks on the side to hang a dog leash or scarves.
6- Master Bedroom Closet
Not all master bedrooms are equipped with a walk-in closet, and even if you do have one, their standard construction with wire shelves is not a great use of space. For your bedroom, why not customize your closet with an Ikea PAX system combined with a little DIY? Plan out what pieces you could utilize from the PAX system using their closet planning tool, and then once you have it assembled, customize the fit by adding your own shelves and closet rods!
This master closet makeover was a LOT easier and faster to do than building from scratch (like we did in the kid’s closet makeover), and we didn’t sacrifice on style or storage space. We opted for the deepest PAX unit for the center and added shallower-depth shelves on either side, so we could keep baskets on top with purses, hats, and other items.
To see all the details of this closet makeover using Ikea PAX system, go HERE.
Get to Work:
What you Need-
Whatever closet makeover project you want to DIY this weekend, here are my favorite tools and supplies to make it happen in a jiffy:
Cordless Brad Nailer (nail planks or secures wood cleats)
Multi-Tool (cuts through baseboards straight and fast)
Stud Finder (I’ve tried lots and this is my fav middle-cost one)