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16″ deep x 75 1/2″ tall – customizable width

Shopping List:

3/4″ plywood or MDF cut into 15 3/4″ wide strips, 8 feet long (referred to as 1×16 boards)
1 1/4″ Wood Dowels
1 3/8″ Rod Pockets
2x4s for the footer
2x2s for shelf supports if desired

2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Kreg Jig™
circular saw
countersink drill bit

Cut List:

Because this plan should be customized to fit your space, only cut lists for the tower is given. Drawer and cubby plans will fit in this tower plan.

2 – 1×16 @ 72″
5 – 1×16 @ 14 1/2″

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.

Step 1

Build your tower boxes as shown above. We used 2″ finish nails and glue – but the Kreg Jig™ or 2″ screws countersunk would work fine too. The main thing is (if you are using drawers or are building a large closet) that the towers need to be very square. You can make the top shelves adjustable with shelf pins, but it is important that the middle shelf be fixed, as something needs to keep the tower square in the center.

Step 2

Once you have your tower(s) built, use rod pocket holders (1 3/8″ diameter openings) with wood dowels (1 1/4″ diameter) cut to length. We choose not to paint the dowels, as the wear of hangers sliding along the dowels would surely remove the finish. Make sure to leave enough room for your clothing to hang smoothly – especially if you add shelves in the next step.

Step 3

The middle shelf is really not necessary, but the top and bottom shelves are – as we will be adding a footer in the next step and there is a TON of valueable storage space on the top :) Cut these to length. We used the Kreg Jig™ to fasten these shelves in place, and also added 2x2s as supports (good ole warped plywood really needed the extra bracing). Again, make sure that you are leaving enough room for your clothes to hang.

Step 4

The main reason we choose to add a footer was to elevate the closet above the baseboard. Also, you can inset the footer slightly for a toekick. We also liked the elevated height because that little bit of height separates the closet from the floor (and the majority of dust and dirt).

Finishing Instructions

Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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