Today I am showing you how we built this custom nursery closet for $100.
Most standard closets are not functional for a nursery, and if you’re like me you want to live an organized life.
Maybe you’re having a baby boy OR girl… either way, this nursery closet system is gender neutral and will work for you.
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Prepping the Existing Closet
First, we removed the sliding doors and took out the single shelf and metal pole that were original to the closet.
We patched up the holes from removing the shelf and painted the entire closet with a fresh coat of white paint – Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
Here’s what it looked like before!
Making Our Material List
We started off by taking measurements of the closet and making a list of the materials we needed.
For reference, this closet is 48 inches wide by 96 inches high.
1 x Closetmaid Vertical Closet Organizer, 12″, White – $39.00
2 x Closetmaid Selectives 48″ White Laminate Shelf – $26.00
1 x Everbilt 6 Ft Oak Closet Pole – $19.00 (updated in 2021, this price went up)
Project Total: $104.50
Please note: If the exact vertical closet organizer I used is out of stock, I found this very similar one.
Building the Nursery Closet
We built half of the vertical closet organizer and secured it in the center of the closet.
Then we installed one of the shelves right on top of the organizer and screwed it directly into the organizer.
Next, we secured the second half of the closet organizer on top of the shelf.
Finally, we installed the second shelf on top of the entire closet organizer.
Our walls were uneven so there were small gaps between the wall and the shelf.
We used white caulk to fill in the gaps and now you don’t notice them at all.
All of the closet pole sockets went up first, ensuring each was level, then we cut the 72″ closet pole in four 18″ sections.
Customizing Our Nursery Closet
Because of the height of our closet opening, we could only use five cubes even though the system came with six.
The system also came with only three closet poles, leaving a space for long hanging.
Since our closet would be filled with children’s clothes, I wanted to maximize the space with four hanging sections.
This led me to purchase these natural wood closet poles which look much fancier than the white plastic poles it came with anyway.
We used a metal support kit underneath the top shelf to ensure it could hold bulkier items.
Right now it’s holding her extra crib mattress cover and sheet, boppy pillow, diaper bag, blanket, and carrier.
My sister had this personalized banner made for my baby shower, and I love seeing it hung here!
Adding the Finishing Touches
Each cube fits a standard 11″ x 11″ x 11″ bin or smaller.
I chose these neutral, woven baskets because they were made of durable polypropylene.
While I would have loved some dressier hangers, I wanted to keep costs low so these white baby hangers work perfectly.
The floral boxes are from Home Goods – one holds her bows & headbands and the other holds her socks & booties.
Some of my favorite accessories are displayed out in the open, and I’ll probably rotate these as I find new favorites.
Here is the “After” shot again. I’m really happy with how it turned out, especially considering the price.
I LOVE seeing her pretty little outfits all neatly displayed.
Before You Go
Have you seen the full reveal of the rest of our nursery?
Hint: there’s all-white furniture, neutral tones, and pink girly accents!