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Industrial Farm Style Open Closet

One of our most recent projects is the construction of an industrial farm style open closet.

We live in a small 1,247 square foot, ranch style home and storage space is precious and limited.

A few years back, my sweet husband forfeited his closet to make room for a master bath remodel.

For years, he has been sharing closet space with our youngest son and he had a small butler (suit stand) in our room.

Over time his dress clothes found very interesting places to land in our bedroom. For example, I would find suits draped over a poster of our bed or hanging from a drawer pull on my antique dresser.

We decided it was high time for him to have his very own closet space so we set to work designing an open concept closet.

First, I drew a sketch of what I wanted it to look like. I knew I wanted a double rod closet with shelving to serve as shoe storage under each rod level.

Next, we worked on measurements. We measured the area we planned to put it into to determine the width, depth, and height of the finished closet.

Then, we measured his longest suit and added 5 inches to make room for his shoes underneath. We did the same with his dress pants.

This is how we determined what size closet we would build.

Industrial Farm Style Open Closet Sketched Plans

I have to include a disclaimer, we love to DIY but we are not trained in construction or woodworking. This is a plan we sketched and built based on a need and fashioned to fit our space.

This is a plan we sketched and built based on a need and fashioned to fit our space.

I am going to include a list of supplies we used and a cut list at the bottom of this post.

Watch our YouTube video to get a glimpse of the build.

Supply List

  • (17) weathered 6″x 6′ fence boards (we got these for free)
  • (6) 2″x 3″x 96″ untreated stud lumber (Home Depot/$2.06 ea.)
  • (2) 1.31 in. Wood Closet Rod Pole Sockets (Home Depot 2 pack $3.47)
  • (2) 1-1/4 in. x 48 in. Wood Round Dowel (Home Depot/$4.98 ea.)
  • Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue (Home Depot/$3.97 2 pk.)
  • 2-1/2 in. Construction Screw (Home Depot/ 1 lb. $8.47)
  • 1-1/2 in. 18-Gauge Brad Nails (Home Depot/1000 per Box $2.99)
  • 1 qt. Espresso Classic Wood Interior Stain (Home Depot $7.98)
  • 1 qt. Carbon Gray Premium Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain (Home Depot $8.98)
  • 4-Hole 90 Degree Angle Strut Bracket – Silver Galvanized (Home Depot $2.54 (10))

Tool List

  • Jig pocket hole system (Starter kit)
  • Chop saw
  • Palm sander
  • Air Compressor
  • 18 gauge brad nailer
  • Cordless drill with screw and drill bits
  • Paintbrush and rags for staining

Cut List:

Fence boards:

  • (3) cut to 30″ (middle shelf)
  • (6) cut to 33′ (top and bottom of the closet)
  • (34) cut to 16 1/2″ (for the sides of the closet)

2″x 3″x 96″ Untreated stud lumber:

  • (4) cut to 85 3/4 inches for the four vertical corner frame pieces
  • (8) cut to 11.5″ for the cleats
  • (2) cut to 30″ for back cross supports placed at the bottom and at the middle shelf level.

Rod dowels:

  • Cut one rod to 29 1/4″ for the top rod.
  • Cut one rod to 26 1/4″ for the bottom rod.


  • Step 1: Cut and sand all your lumber
  • Step 2: Kreg Jig all of the 2″ x 3″x 11 1/2″ cleats and the two 2″ x 3″ x 30″ Studs with two jigs on each long end.
  • Step 3: Stain or paint your lumber prior to assembly
  • Step 4: Assemble Both Side Frame Pieces (using two 2″ x 3″ x 85 3/4″ and three 2″ x 3″ x 11 1/2″ cleats for each side. Place one cleat at the top, one at the bottom and one in the middle where your middle rod will be.
  • Step 5: Pre-drill all of the fence boards with two holes on each long end approx. 1 inch from the edge of the board, to prevent spitting.
  • Step 5: Attach three 33″ fence boards to the top of both frame pieces and another three fence boards to the bottom of both frame pieces, using 2 1/2 inch construction screws. At this point, you will have created a giant box, completing the outer frame.
  • Step 6: Attach one 2″ x 3″ x 30″ back cross support at the bottom of the box in the back and screw it to both side frames. Repeat this with the second 30″ board at the same height as your middle cleats.
  • Step 7: Using wood glue and a nail gun, glue and nail your 16 1/2″ fence boards to both sides. Have fun and be creative with wood colors and patterns.
  • Step 8: Attach the last two 11 1/2″ cleats directly over the middle set of cleats one on each side. These will hold the shelf above and the rod below.
  • Step 9: Install rod pole sockets onto the top portion of the closet, 6 1/4″ from the back. Leave a 1″ space between the socket and the shelf above to easily move hangers in and out of the closet. Repeat for the lower rod. The 29 1/4″ rod fit in the top and the 26 1/4″ fits into the bottom.
  • Step 10: Use a 90-degree angle strut bracket to secure the closet to the wall, be sure you screw into a stud.
  • Step 11: Load it with clothes and enjoy 🙂


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