The key to a comfortable bedroom experience is a well-organized space; there’s no way around it. Beyond the conventional sorting of personal items, there’s a simple way to organize your room and create more space—enter a corner shelf.
The beauty about this DIY run-through is that we’re not here to teach you how to build a corner shelf from scratch; that’d be too much work. You’ll need to find a space and source for tools. But what if all the space and tools you needed were in the corner of the bedroom?
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Yes, we’re talking about that abandoned closet door that stares at you every day, begging to be put to good use. Luckily for you (and your closet doors), this
DIY trick will help transform your closet door into an exquisite corner shelf
From Abandoned Closet Door to Eye-Catching Storage Section
The great part about this closet door makeover is that you don’t need the most complicated manuals or tools to carry it out. Neither do you require a handyman? Now, let’s get down to the corner shelf business.
1. Bring the Door Back to Life
The first step involves a series of actions that help revive the closet door to be used. Rather than diving straight into the shelf making process, use these simple steps to make the door look brand new:
- First, get the bi-fold door and wipe it clean with disinfectants
- Next, get a screwdriver and unhinge the doors.
- After removing the hinges, fill the holes formed with wood putty.
- Using sandpaper, smoothen the edges of the door
- Next comes the part of the makeover where you give the wood a nice, fresh coat of paint to make it look like a brand-new wood
2. Attach the Bi-Fold Doors
- After painting, add some corner braces to the back of the door. to prevent the wood from splitting, pre-drill some holes into it
- You can move on to attach both doors
- At the end, you have a shelving structure, but you’re still missing some actual shelves
3. Create the Shelf Compartments
These are the structures that hold the items you’re building your corner shelf for. This is where your artistic and measuring skills become handy in the process.
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- Get a measuring tape and mark out parts of the wood to be cut out. The trick here is to draw out triangles on the board that allows it to fit into the doors.
- Then, proceed to cut out the excess till you have your floating shelves ready for attachment
4. Attach the Shelves
After the completion of the frame from the bi-fold doors and the crafting of the floating shelves, it’s time to complete the jigsaw.
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- Attach the shelf hardware to the doors using a drill
- To give the door a decorative trim, attach some wood to the top and bottom. This allows for easy stacking.
- Slot in the shelves to the door using the shelf hardware
- Secure the entire structure to the wall
And just like that, the closet door you were about to throw out has become the artist’s tool to a shelving masterpiece. Now you can place your valuable and decorative items on these shelves and brighten up your living room.
Why This Works
There are tons of reasons why building a corner shelf from closet doors is a huge score.
- You get to save money on buying new wood for the shelf
- You also get to recycle old, unwanted wood
- Corner shelves fit perfectly to the corners of the wall hence they require minimum space
- It is an economical means of housing items such as vases and flowers without worrying about the space they swallow up.
What more do you need than a nice way to utilize that closet door?