How to Build a Small Broom Closet


A broom closet is a space to keep basic cleaning materials. It is an effective way to keep these household items in one designated area so they can be retrieved at a moment's notice. However, many homes are not designed with a broom closet. If this is something you want to add to your current house, there are a few steps you will need to take to build a sturdy and easily accessible broom closet. With basic carpentry skills, there is no reason you can't have a broom closet in just a few hours of steady work.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Four 2x4 studs
  • Electric saw
  • Closet door
  • Electric drill
  • Screws
  • Brackets
  • Plywood
  • Measure from the floor to the ceiling in the corner where you intend to build the broom closet. This will be the length to cut the 2x4 studs that will frame the closet area. Make sure this measurement is as precise as possible.

  • Place the first stud flush against the preexisting wall. The stud's wide edge should be flush to the wall; the stud itself will provide the mounting area for the closet door hinges.

  • Hang the hinges and install the closet door. Once the door is in place you can place the next stud; locate it just beyond where the outer edge of the door is in the "shut" position. (This stud needs to be far enough away from the door to allow the door to shut, but not far enough to provide a noticeable gap.)

    After installing this second stud, move on to the third stud; locate this stud where the farthest corner of the broom closet will extend. All three studs should be in a straight line with one another.

  • Install the final stud against the other preexisting wall. This will complete the rectangular frame for the closet, using the preexisting corner of the house for two sides and building the rest with the studs.

  • Nail the plywood or other wall material to the studs to enclose the broom closet area. The space inside can be finished with interior walling if you prefer a more finished look, but this is not necessary for the closet to be functional.

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