French Cleat Modular Closet System

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Modular Closet Components

By using different organizers, you can create the closet of your dreams!  Here are the standard modular closet components.

diy modular closet plans

All of the components are constructed with the same steps, the only difference is the length of the sides and the number of shelves.  Follow the construction steps below, but use the diagrams to come up with your cut list.

modular closet organizer hanging one shelf

modular closet organizer 2 shelf

modular closet organizer 3 shelf

modular closet organizer double hanging

modular closet organizer 5 shelf tower

modular closet filler piece

Recommended Materials for Modular Closet Carcasses

You can use a variety of different materials to build your closet components.  As shown, I used 3/4″ hardwood plywood, ripped to 11-1/4″ wide, with the front edges finished with an iron on edge banding.  All cuts then are just cross cuts as shown in the component diagrams.

  • 1×12 Whitewood Boards
  • 3/4″ plywood, ripped into desired width (not greater than 16″) and front edges edge banded
  • 12″ or 14″ prefinished closet shelving boards

Rip Width for Carcass Pieces (if using plywood)

I ripped my closet pieces to 11-1/4″ (same as 1×12) and constructed (as shown).  

However, this is not a deep shelf, and may not be suitable for folding tall pants.  For a larger person using the closet consider a 14″ or 16″ plywood rip.  Do not go over 16″ – as this will become very heavy for this type of hanging.


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