Prepping for and installing your closet system may seem intimidating at first, but there are various reasons why this is an ideal approach. By installing your own system, you save on costs and have an added opportunity to customize your space. Learn some helpful tips so you properly measure, prep, and install your new Wood Closet Design system.

Benefits of Installing Your Closet System 

Our closet systems cut out the middleman to provide you with a more affordable custom closet. Without the additional fees of installers, our product not only saves you money, but you’re also able to customize the system to your individual style and taste. Plus, through our online store, you also don’t have to deal with any salespeople. We want you to feel at ease and comfortable when shopping for your new closet system. 


Additionally, we offer an unfinished option that allows you to customize the color of your closet with the stain or paint of your choice, matching the color scheme of your house. Our closets are designed for DIYers and are pre-drilled and cut-to-size for easy installation. They also arrive with specific instructions, so assembly is simple and efficient. By assembling your own closet system, you will also gain the satisfaction of a job well done.

Measuring and Prepping Your Closet

Our closets are available as single wall, reach-in, or walk-in units and can be either hanging or standing. To measure your closet, grab a tape measure and write down, in detail, all the dimensions of your closet. I like to draw a picture of my closet as if I was looking at it from above, writing all the little details such as outlets, light switches, and any other objects that may interfere with my closet. If your system is only for a single wall, you will only need the width and height of the closet. For a reach-in or walk-in closet, you will need to measure all of the walls’ lengths and ceiling height. Once you have filled out the dimensions in our closet builder, you can then tailor your closet with colors, accessories, and more. For example, you can add units to further customize your closet such as drawers, doors, hampers, shoe shelves, and jewelry organizers.


After measuring and ordering your new closet, the next step is prepping it for installation. You can accomplish this in a few simple steps. First, remove your old closet system including any hangers and nails used to sustain it. After, prep the space by filling in the old holes and adding a fresh coat of paint. Your color can be traditional or one that complements the color of your closet system.

Tools and Installation

We predesigned our closets to make installation as simple as possible. The system arrives with detailed instructions that contain detailed diagrams to illustrate the installation process. Before installing your closet system, we recommend having the following tools on hand:

  • Level
  • Pencil 
  • Power Drill
  • Phillips-Head Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure
  • Stud Finder or Magnets to Find Screws
  • Square Driving Bit

We also recommend using the stud finder, level, and pencil to mark out your hanging cleat placement if installing a hanging system. Additionally, a level is also important to ensure the cleat is installed correctly and to level the unit at the end of the installation before anchoring them to the wall. During installation, use our diagrams to ensure the hardware is placed in the correct position. The power drill and tape measure will help with time and efficiency. The hardware can be easily installed using a Phillips-head screwdriver. 

Additional Resources

For more tips, watch House Doctor Ray effortlessly install a Wood Closet Design System and break down the process. Additionally, you can always call us if you need further assistance installing your closet. Our representatives would be happy to assist you and troubleshoot any issues or answer any questions you may have.