DIY Closet System Installation | CLOSETS.COM
Easy five step installation

DIY Closet Installation

Simple Five-Step Installation

All CLOSETS.COM organization systems are DIY friendly, whether designed yourself online or by our professional designers. Most installations can be completed by the average homeowner who is handy with tools. A limited number of projects, like the 360 Organizer® series of rotating closets, will require an extra set of hands and we recommend two people to achieve installing a closet correctly..

The 360 Organizer® includes a set of instructions specific to that product. Custom closets, on the other hand, are exactly that — unique, custom, designed and made-to-order. You will be provided with an instruction manual that covers installation techniques for all of our products, plus a diagram of your own custom do-it-yourself closet systems with labeled parts. With these materials and instructions on how to install a closet, any handy homeowner who is experienced with light carpentry and DIY projects should be able to assemble a CLOSETS.COM organization system.

Our easy to follow installation can be summed up with five simple steps:

  1. Measure the wall and make sure your assembled system will fit in the space you will be installing your system. Look at your drawing to confirm system width. When laying out your closet system and preparing to hang the rail it is important to locate where your panels will be hanging and where the studs are in the wall. Correct installation of the rail is critical to the support of the entire system. Rail should be secured into the studs of the wall. You will need to install Snap Toggles to support the suspension rail if you are unable to locate any studs, have metal framing, or if a system panel must be suspended between two studs. It is not uncommon for the rail to be installed using both Snap Toggle anchors in combination with 2-1/2" screws into the studs. Any Snap Toggles being used must be installed before the rail is secured to the wall. Once the rail is secured to the wall, snap on the rail cover over the suspension rail and your system is ready to be suspended. A closet panel should NOT be located more than 3" away from any screw or Snap Toggle anchor.

    how to hang suspension rail for custom closet
  2. Attach suspension brackets to panels (there are two holes at the top of each panel near the notch). Attach bracket to the panel with two 10mm suspension bracket screws using your drill with no 2 Phillips bit. Once all of the suspension brackets are secured to the panels, hook them onto the rail. Lift the panel vertically and with the suspension bracket above the rail, slowly lower the panel so that the suspension bracket securely hangs off the rail. Make sure the farthest left and right vertical panels have their suspension brackets facing towards the inside of the system. Alternate every other panel with left then right sided suspension brackets. Hang the vertical panels on suspension rail roughly where they will go. Panels are numbered and correspond to your closet system drawings. Each panel has a specific place. Confirm panel location with your drawing.

    how to suspend vertical panels for custom closets
  3. Install top fixed shelves first, then bottom fixed shelves, then middle fixed shelves. Place a single push-in dowel in the top holes of the furthest left and right end panels. Work from one side to the other locking each shelf. Place a through anchor dowel in the top holes of any panels that are between left and right end panels. Work from left to right locking one side then the next. When using through anchors, lock the narrow side first as this will pull the wide side snug to the panel. Gently drop fixed shelves in place lowering them down onto the push-in dowels on the end panels and the through dowel on inside panels. Fix locking shelves in place by using your #2 Phillips screwdriver and turning the lock 180 degrees to lock the shelf in place. You will know the shelf is locked when the flat side of the screw is facing away from the vertical panel. Locking mechanism on fixed shelves should always face down. Fix bottom shelves in place across the system. Repeat for the bottom shelves and center shelves. In areas where double hang sections are being installed, measure up from the floor to half the height of the system and install the lower shelf there. For systems that are 84" finished height the lower shelf in a double hang section should be installed at 42" from the floor.

    how to install fixed shelves for custom closets
  4. Once fixed shelves are in place the system can be leveled. This is done by placing a level on the center or top fixed shelf in each section and adjusting the height compensation screw on each suspension bracket. Each vertical panel can be adjusted up or down up to 3/8" by turning the height adjustment screw on the suspension bracket working from one side to the other. Level each section and then move on to the next if applicable. The screw located on the underside of the bracket adjusts the height while the screw on the end adjusts forward and backward. Once your system is level, install your right and left suspension bracket covers. There should be one for each bracket. They are snapped on to each left and right bracket by holding them up against the underside of the top shelf and sliding them along the panel and onto the bracket. You will know when they are in place when they cannot be pushed any further and you hear a snapping sound.

    how to level and plumb a custom closet installation
  5. Adjustable Shelves: Install all adjustable shelves in any location by placing adjustable shelf pins in place in any holes and setting a shelf on top of them. Four pins hold a single shelf in place. See your drawings for recommended location.
    Add adjustable closet shelves to finish custom closet installation. RODS: Look at your design drawings to confirm the location of your hanging rods. Each rod will need two rod cups to hold it in place. Just push them into place and set the correct rod in the cups. Place hanging rod in the cups starting on one side and pulling the other side down into the cup. Rods are movable along the drilling pattern and can be placed at any height. For hanging sections we suggest that you leave one hole between the rod cup and the underside of the shelf above the rod.
    Add rods to finish custom closet installation. DRAWERS: Drawers should only be installed once the entire system has been assembled, leveled and fixed in place. Drawers are attached with drawer runners/slides. Layout your runner locations before beginning installation of the drawers by marking the location of where each runner will be placed. Depending on the drawer size, the spacing between each runner will differ. Locate the third hole (second down and third over) in the front of the metal slide. Resting the slide against the shelf, align this hole with the pre-bored hole in the side panel. The rear hole will automatically align with another pre-bored hole in back. (Runners that are resting directly on shelves, may require the screws to be inserted on a slight angle down). Starting with the right slide, secure the first drawer slide to the system panel using the supplied screws. Repeat to install the left drawer runner. Install the drawers by pulling out the installed slides and placing the drawer box over the extended slides. Pull the extended slides into the clips under the drawer until they click into place. All drawers are adjustable up and down by moving the adjustment knob in the corner of the drawer clips. Use this knob to fine tune the space between the drawer fronts.
    Add drawers to finish custom closet installation. PULL-OUT BASKETS: For baskets, the runners must be installed no less than four holes below a shelf. This is to allow the basket to fully close. To install a basket runner, first confirm left and right runners. Arrange the runners on your left and right so that the rubber end is facing you and the hooks are facing up. Hold the basket runner up to the panel, keeping it fully extended open. Locate the first hole in the runner closest to the front edge of the panel and use a 10mm euro screw to fix it to the panel. Do the same for the rear hole. Hang the basket in place by pulling the basket runners fully open and dropping the basket in place. Start with one side and lower the basket onto the front hook of the runner in the first wire opening.
    Add slide out wire baskets to finish custom closet installation. CORNER SHELVES: If your system includes corner shelves that connect two walls of storage, use the shelf connectors supplied with your order to connect and support the straight shelves. Curved corner shelves are avialble through our custom We-Design option and do not require the shelf connectors. See our blog post on corner shelves for more information on this topic.

Please review our instruction manual before beginning any CLOSETS.COM installation.