Introduction: How to Make a Closet Organizer Out of PVC

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In this instructable you will learn how to build a closet organizer out of PVC. This is meant to fit in the average college dorm room closet with dimensions being height 80", width 36", and depth 24". This closet organizer consists of a hanging section that can hold jackets and shirts, a shoe section, shelves, and cubbys.

Step 1: Materials

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Since this is made out of PVC, you must have access to 1in PVC and 1in standard fittings.

8 90deg-side outlet
18 t-side outlet
12 tee fittings
1017in of PVC total (84.75ft)
ruler
sharpie

Step 2: Preparing to Build

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Using a ruler and a sharpie, measure all the 1in PVC pipes to desired lengths. Then using the PVC cutters, cut the PVC to desired lengths.

18inPVC Quantity 4

4inPVC Quantity 5

7inPVC Quantity 4

11inPVC Quantity 20

24inPVC Quantity 12

36inPVC Quantity 4

21inPVC Quantity 4

20inPVC Quantity 4

16.5inPVC Quantity 2

12inPVC Quantity 4

Step 3: Bottom Section Assembly (shoe Section)

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Take two 8in PVC and one 36in PVC and three 11in PVC and make a rectangle so that the three 11in pieces are opposite the 36in and the 8in is opposite the 8in.

Connect the bottom two corners with 90 side-outlets. Connect the top two corners with tee side-outlets. Connect the three 11in pieces with tee side-outlets. Repeat these same steps to create an identical back side which will then be connected to the side you just made. Use 24in PVC to connect all fittings of the front side to all the fittings of the back side.

Step 4: Cubbies Sub Assembly 1

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Take two 11in PVC and two 11in PVC, making a rectangle.

Repeat those same steps creating an identical rectangle (one will be the back and one will be the front, but it doesn’t matter which one).

The bottom corners will connect to the tee side-outlets that are already attached to sub assembly one.

Connect the top left corner with a tee side-outlet and the top right corner with a cross side-outlet.

Repeat the same steps to make and identical back side.

Connect front to back with 24in PVC.

Step 5: Cubbies Sub Assembly 2

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Take two 11in PVC and two 11in PVC, making a rectangle.

Repeat those same steps creating an identical rectangle (one will be the back and one will be the front, but it doesn’t matter which one).

The bottom corners will connect to the tee side-outlets that are already attached to sub assembly one.

Connect the top left corner with a tee side-outlet and the top right corner with a cross side-outlet.

Repeat the same steps to make and identical back side.

Connect front to back with 24in PVC.

Step 6: Cubbies Sub Assembly 3

Take two 11in PVC and two 11in PVC, making a rectangle.

Repeat those same steps creating an identical rectangle (one will be the back and one will be the front, but it doesn’t matter which one).

The bottom corners will connect to the tee side-outlets that are already attached to sub assembly one.

Connect the top left corner with a tee side-outlet and the top right corner with a cross side-outlet.

Repeat the same steps to make and identical back side.

Connect front to back with 24in PVC.

Step 7: Hanging Space Sub Assembly

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On top of the cubby sections, there is a space where you can hang things.

In all four corners, insert 20in PVC into the tee side outlets.

On the top of the 20in pieces there is going to be two tee fittings and two tee side outlets. Make sure the tees are opposite each other the long way, and the tee side outlets are opposite each other the long way as well.

Connect the tee side outlets with 36in PVC.

Connect the tee side outlet to the tee with 24in PVC. Do this for both sides.

When this is completed there should be one side that is open with no PVC bar.

On top of the four fittings insert 21in PVC.

Insert tee fittings on top of all four 21in pieces.

The tee fittings should face each other going the short way, and insert a 11in piece which connects to a tee piece which then connects to another 11in piece which connects to the other tee fitting. Repeat this for the other side.

The tee fitting that is in the middle of the 11in pieces should be facing the long way. Insert a 12in piece which connects to a tee fitting which connects to another 12in piece which connects to the tee fitting on the other side.

Now in all four corners, insert 4in pieces of PVC, as well as into the tee fitting in the middle.

On top of those, put on four 90-degree elbows.

Connect the elbows with 11in PVC which connects to the tee fitting in the middle. Repeat this on the other side.

Connect the elbows the long way with 36 in PVC.

Lastly, put a tee fitting on top of the 4in piece in the middle and use 12in PVC to connect each side back to the tee fitting.

Step 8: Adding Wood for Shelves

You will need 1/8in thick composite board.

Cut three rectangles each 24in by 36in

Drill a hole in each corner to secure the wood to the PVC

Repeat for all three levels.

Comments

stushar1 made it! (author)2015-02-26

I love pvc projects.. thanks for the idea

toofat2serve (author)2014-05-29

If anyone is wondering, I put together a list on HomeDepot.com for these parts, and it came out to about $100 subtotal.

tofugami (author)2014-05-28

Awesome project.

I had a yard sale earlier this month and wanted to create a clothing rack with PVC. Went to Home Depot and couldn't find the elbow/ joint pieces I needed for the project.

joevans (author)2014-05-27

*cost*

joevans (author)2014-05-27

What was the coat of pipe and fittings for this project ?

ragdolldude (author)2014-05-27

Where did you find the special PVC fittings?

jfarwell2 (author)ragdolldude2014-05-27

diy shop. it's plumbing plastic pipe.

mole1 (author)2014-05-25

Great idea for moving into a dorm, and broken down it wouldn't take up much space in the car. How well does it handle the weight of hanging clothes?

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