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10 Clever and Creative DIY Coat Closet Organization Ideas

coats on a rack

It’s one thing to have extra space. It’s another thing altogether to optimize it to make the most out of what you have. Sometimes, you must get creative if you have unusually shaped items to store or want to make your space more functional. You can find organizers for sale. However, they don’t always work depending on the size and dimensions of your closet. That’s when DIY reigns supreme.

Our round-up includes a vast array of ideas to inspire you with clever ways to store your stuff. Organization is paramount so you can find your things when you need them.

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The 10 DIY Coat Closet Organization Ideas

1. Frame It

DIY coat closet organization
Image By: House Becoming Home

Materials: Plywood, nails, screws, edge banding, paint
Tools: Drill, table saw, tape measure, sandpaper, paintbrush or roller
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Sometimes, a large space is more of a hindrance than something helpful when it comes to organization. That’s where this plan comes into play. It divides your closet into compartments to make storing your stuff easier. Tossing everything without a plan for where things are is a waste of the storage you have. The chances are you have items of different sizes and shapes that make this project a godsend.

2. Organizing With Drawers

DIY stackable drawers for storage
Image By: Heathered Nest
Materials: Plywood, dowel rod, baskets, screws
Tools: Drill, table saw, table saw, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Easy

This DIY plan can be as simple or elaborate as you want. It depends on what you need. We love the convenience of standalone drawers for small items. Many products are decorative for making your closet look pretty despite their functional purpose. Planning is essential to get the most out of this design. Think about what you want to store in your closet to make the best use of your space.

3. A Closet With Shelves

DIY wall to wall shelves
Image Credit: Two Feet First
Materials: Shelves, screws, slats, sandpaper, stain
Tools: Drill, miter saw, tape measure, level, roller or paintbrush
Difficulty Level: Easy

Sometimes, less is more, which is what this DIY plan offers. Strategically placed shelves help you separate your things but still leave them visible, so they don’t get lost in the shuffle. It’s an excellent choice for storing items you use often. You can paint or stain the shelves to make them more decorative. You can set them at varying heights to accommodate many things.

4. Corral It

DIY budget-friendly entryway closet makeover
Image Credit: Anika’s DIY Life
Materials: Plywood, screws, sandpaper, paint or stain, brad nails
Tools: Drill, miter saw, tape measure, hammer or nail gun, paintbrush or roller
Difficulty Level: Moderate

This DIY plan isn’t fancy, but it’s certainly practical if you just want to toss stuff in your closet at a bus stop for something else, whether it’s temporary storage or this week’s laundry. The spacing of the slats makes it easy to see what’s there and maintains optimal airflow if it’s your dirty clothes. You can also use this set-up for a child’s room to keep their toys.

5. Hook It

DIY coat closet makeover
Image Credit: Creative Housewives
Materials: 2x4s, screws, hooks
Tools: Drill, table saw, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Easy

Since we’re discussing coat closets, it only makes sense we’d consider how to get the best use out of the space for these items. We prefer hooks to hangers, anyway. They don’t take up as much room and aren’t as liable to fall onto the floor. You can still hang up some things while freeing up space on the rod for other stuff.

6. Using the Door

DIY closet clean-out
Image Credit: Made 2 Make
Materials: Hooks, baskets, screws, 2x4s
Tools: Drill, miter saw, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Often, people focus on the space inside of the closet and forget about the other ways to use this room by taking advantage of the door. It’s a place for hooks and baskets to keep the things you use most handy. We liked that it keeps these items separate from others you may only need occasionally. We think it’s the best way to organize your storage space.

7. Based on Use

DIY coat closet into a pantry
Image Credit: in my own style
Materials: Shelves, screws, sandpaper, baskets
Tools: Drill, miter saw, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Easy

While this plan focuses on pantry items, the takeaway message is valid for other stuff, particularly seasonal things. You can set it up following this system of keeping stuff you regularly use at hand while storing away the other items you’ll only need at certain times of the year. You can make the organization even handier with labels to remind everyone what belongs where.

8. Mudroom Organizer

DIY small coat closet organization makeover
Image Credit: average but inspired
Materials: Sandpaper, shelves, screws, brackets
Tools: Drill, miter saw, drill, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Easy

Some stuff we store in closets meant for outerwear is larger than other things, such as boots. It only makes sense to accommodate these items with the right amount of space to keep them handy and away from other clothing to avoid soiling them. That makes this plan functional and practical. Organizing is one part of it. Making it useful is another vital part of storage.

9. Taking It to the Next Level

DIY new coat closet
Image Credit: home moyaone
Materials: Drawer additions, paint, shelf bracket, shelving units
Tools: Drill, miter saw, paintbrush or roller, screwdriver
Difficulty Level: Moderate

If you have the space, we say make the most out of it, which this DIY project does on steroids. That’s the way to go when you have the freedom to pull out all the stops. Of course, you have a lot of latitude with this design, depending on how much room you have. We like that this individual puts the spotlight on the closet as something to decorate and enjoy.

10. Combo Storage

DIY mudroom design + organization
Image Credit: My Kind Of Sweet
Materials: Shelving units, brackets, hooks, drawers, screws
Tools: Drill, miter saw, tape measure
Difficulty Level: Advanced

People often think of closets as only a closed-door solution. However, that is a limiting factor because there are so many more possibilities with storage. Even though we may call it a coat closet, it usually has other stuff in it. It only makes sense to customize the design to what you keep inside of it. This one requires a plan with accurate measurements to keep it on point.

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Final Thoughts

The space a closet contains is only the start of the possibilities that it offers. The chances are you put a lot more than coats in them. That means customizing the space to fit what you’re going to store. Our list includes several ideas to make the best use of the room you have. Fortunately, you can do a lot with not a lot of materials. It just takes a plan that optimizes your space.

Featured Image Credit: Amanda Vick, Unsplash


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