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Coat Closet Shelves

With a growing family we are constantly running out of storage space.  One problem area has always been the coat closet. It had a single shelf with a bar to hang coats. I don’t think there has ever been a coat in this closet, but there has been a lot of food storage, camping equipment and miscellaneous children’s items.  So along with a friend I set out to reduce our storage woes and fight entropy.  The design I cam up with is the five shelf solution shown below.

The top two shelves feature a cut out to facilitate access to the topmost shelf. (which is nearly above the door frame) At a later time I will add finishing details to make these shelves have a little more curb appeal (simple molding, white paint) For now we have a simple and study shelving system.


  • .75″ Plywood
  • 1″ x 3″ boards
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill
  • Wood Screws
  • Bubble Level
Google Sketch Up drawing of five shelf arrangement installed in coat closet

The plan for the five shelves.

The final results before putting everything back in

The final results before putting everything back in

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