What is worse than piles of dirty laundry?
I’d have to say piles of clean laundry with no closet to put it all away. Then it gets mixed up with the dirty laundry, and you end up with twice as big piles of laundry that you have to treat as dirty laundry. You know what I’m talking about here.
We’ve recently moved into the new house, and first up, I insisted that we have one working closet in the house.
We’ve done lots of closets in the past, but this time, I got a little crazy and ditched the vertical organizer.
Yep, we went all horizontal on this closet.
And this is why –
No more bending down low to reach a bottom shelf. Or reaching up high to hang clothes. And it’s easy to fold and put away jeans at the perfect height.
We did lose about 2-1/2 feet of closet rod storage, trading it for 8 feet of shelving space at an easy to reach height. I think that is worth it.
I’m so glad we went with the horizontal closet. We love how functional and easy to reach everything is, and love the extra shelving storage for folded clothes and baskets for socks and underwear.
Ready to build your own? Here’s a few options for you:
CUT LIST AND STEPS: The step by step build process and plan diagram over at Ryobi Nation with photos and cut lengths, for the exact closet pictured
- CUSTOM DESIGN YOUR OWN: Or design your own using our free template at our sister site Shelf Help, with the option to have the pieces professionally cut and shipped to your front door.
PS – If a vertical closet is the right size for you, we’ve got the perfect one sheet of plywood plan right here (you can also use three 15-1/2″ x 97″ long melamine shelving boards)