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An adjustable closet system puts clothes and accessories within reach for people of all sizes. Build your own closet system to attain accessibility  features like roll-under space, as well as adjustable shelves and rods. Add closet accessories, such as hooks, additional rods or shelves, pull-out drawers, baskets, slide-out belt and shoe racks, and fold-down pants racks to customize your system.

The closet organizer shown here can be adapted to fit almost any closet. It is a simple plywood cabinet with three adjustable shelves and space above and below for additional storage and easy access. Use finish-grade plywood for the cabinet and support piece. Then paint, stain, or protect the wood with a clear finish. solid wood trim covers the plywood edges and lends strength to the shelves. For this, you can use clear pine or a hardwood such as poplar, oak, or maple. The shelves shown in this project are 11" deep. You may want to make them deeper. Just keep in mind that shelves longer than 36" may require additional support to prevent sagging.


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How to Build an Adjustable Closet Organizing System

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    Cut the plywood into narrow strips to create the cabinet sides and the shelves. A circular saw and a straightedge cutting guide work well for this task. If you have a table saw or a panel-cutting saw, you’ll probably want to use one of those.

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    A router with a straight bit and cutting guide is a good tool choice here. Do not try to make the cuts in a single pass; use several passes of increasing depth.

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    Lay the metal shelf standard strips into the grooves with the numbers and holes matched up. Check alignment with a square, and then trim off the top. Install the standards.

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    Glue the cabinet top and bottom pieces between the ends of the cabinet sides. Make sure the outside faces of the top and bottom are flush with the ends of the sides. Before the glue dries, fasten the back panel to the cabinet using 2" coarse-thread drywall screws driven every 12".

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    Cut trim pieces as well as the shelf edging. Attach the face frame members to the front edge of the cabinet with glue and 4d finish nails driven into pilot holes. Set the nail heads with a nail set.

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    Mount the cabinet to the back wall of the closet by driving screws through the back panel and into wall studs. Set the cabinet up on blocking to create storage space below. Make sure the cabinet is level before attaching it.

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    Install side supports and any other system parts, fastening into wall studs wherever possible. Add closet rods and other accessories.

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