How to: Build your own inexpensive closet doors!

May 05 2024
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Our next throwback comes from November of 2015. I was pretty proud of these closet doors when I first built them and they’re still serving us in the house. Its time to replace the fabric though as, after almost ten years, the once “white” curtains have become considerably grimy. I’m still very weird and picky when it comes to closet doors and, though these have worked for us, I’m still constantly wondering if I can’t come up with something better.

Its pretty amazing to read back and realize how much has changed here at Grandma’s house! Here is the original post:

I’m very picky when it comes to closet doors, I don’t really like any of the options out there. First you have the rolling closet doors that, always, cover half the closet half the time and are a bit of a nightmare to install, hate em.

Then you have the old fashioned kind of closet doors where its basically just two interior doors side by side that open out, I like this idea but they’re usually really heavy. Bi-fold closet doors are probably my favorite kind (if I had the choice) but they’re also rather a pain to install and complicated to make.

(WOWSER 8/1/2019 these doors are still going strong for me four years later! I’ve repainted them since though and took them down and added castors for both my Laundry Room and in my newly remodeled Entryway.)

What all closet doors have in common is that they are all VERY expensive. I priced out bi-fold closet doors for this whole house a few months ago and it was just shy of $1,000!

And that wasn’t even the real wood ones but the fake “wood looking” closet doors and that’s just outrageous to me, there is no way in heck I was going to pay that kind of money for closet doors. What I really don’t like about closet doors is just how substantial the doors are usually… It just seems odd to me.

Will I be hiding in my closet someday and the strength of those doors the only thing that will save me from the zombie hoards? I really doubt it. It just seemed to me like there needed to be some kind of alternative, something that was light and so easy to use it never seemed to be in the way.

SO I got to work!

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After picking up some 2x2s I took my measurements. Take note: whenever you’re measuring for doors, give them some breathing room to swing about. Make sure you don’t build them so tall that they will ever catch on the floor etc. I took my measurements and my bundles of 2x2s to the garage and got to cutting. I built two sets of doors at once, one set for my entry/coat/shoe closet and one set for my laundry room closet.

From there I laid them out on my flat garage floor and used it to help me keep the boards as straight as possible. Note: 2x2s WILL SPLIT! You must pre-drill all of your holes and yes this does double the amount of time but you have no choice. I designed them so the all four of the center slats would go inside of the two vertical slats. Remember when you measure the width of these four horizontal slats that you must account for the width of the 2x2s on either side of them.

I decided to hang the doors immediately after assembly and before paint. No, I would not of done this normally but it is VERY winter here so I had to paint them inside regardless so, it was just easier to hang them and then paint them hanging.

I just taped off the hinges. With the two coats of white paint dry I grabbed my stapler and started to hang the fabric. (I purchased two curtain sheers from amazon for only $6!)

Now you can use absolutely any fabric you want here, you could even just tack plywood to the back of your frame too and paint it all any color you would like, or chicken wire for a country look, or screen for a screen door look! The options here are just limitless and I love that if I get sick of these sheers I can just rip them off and replace them with something new!

I chose to use curtains/fabric because it keeps the doors light and easy to handle. To get them as even as possible I put one staple in either side and then found the center and stapled that and then found the center and stapled that and then did that again and again and again and again and again and again until the top was done and then I did the same across the bottom before cutting off the excess. I also added a couple of staples down the sides just to help keep it all in place. (Yes, I definitely should have ironed these curtains before using them… but I don’t actually own an iron…)

Here are the curtains and, yes, this is an affiliate link 🙂

I am SO happy with my new closet doors!

I added the hardware that I use everywhere (my favorite shiny knobs) which I had to actually counter sink so the screws would be long enough. Most hardware you buy will not come with screws that are long enough for 2x2s, just get a larger drill bit (at least as large as the head of the screw) and drill in up to an inch so the screw can go farther into the wood.

I also added a stop board across the top of the doors so they have something to land against when they close. I also added a little door magnet on the stop board so the doors actually kind of “snap” closed and stay that way. (Here’s a link so you can see the little magnets I used.)

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And there you have it guys! All in, I spent less then $30 a set! I have a few more sets to build and I can’t wait because the closet doors are one of the last finishing touches I have to do in the whole house! So, instead of paying nearly $1,000 for all of my closet doors I’ll be paying less then $200!

Thank you for stopping and sharing!

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  1. Alice
    November 25, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    These are great! I need some double closet doors and have been getting by with curtains (not my favorite thing to do). You are becoming my most favorite blogger. I THINK that our budgets might be about the same.

    • November 25, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you so much! I forgot to mention curtains as a closet door option, I definitely considered that, it just seemed like we would get tangled and fight with them a lot, this is kind of a combination curtain/door lol Yeah, the budget kinda vanished around here a while ago… but closet doors are so expensive even if we had the money I think I would have trouble spending that much. So far, these doors are holding up pretty good… we’ll see what they hold up to dust and cleaning! Thank you again 🙂

  2. chris aka monkey
    November 28, 2015 at 5:27 am

    this is really awesome and i am so impressed this is sure more your home now instead of grandmas xx

  3. April 20, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    So simple but so great looking, Tarah, and you gave great instructions. I think I could follow them pretty easily and I’m not that comfortable with power tools (yet!). Thanks for sharing your project with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • April 20, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Diana, they were SO simple to make! I’ll be making them for a few of the other closets in my house too, I love how there are so many options with them, I might have to try staining them next time! Thanks for coming by!

  4. April 21, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Tarah,

    You had me cracking up. Doors are outrageously priced these days. You had a clever solution, though. None of us really wants to look into closets. Even though we see all these beautifully organized closets on social media, the truth is, they seldom stay picture perfect. That’s just the nature of storage areas.

    This week I did a themed highlight post featuring all the door projects from Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and you are included in the features too.

    Thank you for joining us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    Reinvented Collection

    • April 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Hey thank you so much Olivia! Glad you liked the doors 🙂

  5. April 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    cool !

  6. July 20, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    You are so talented Tarah! Making your own doors. If it were me they would be on a heap on the floor now. They really look great and the sheers add just the right touch. Pinning and sharing.

  7. July 22, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I really like these! I need some on my closet! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  8. July 26, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    What great way to hide things without putting them behind regular doors. This idea will make a smaller room look bigger too! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

    • July 26, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Marilyn thank you so much for coming by and hosting such great parties! See you next time!

  9. August 12, 2016 at 1:04 am

    The closet door struggle is real! You got it done well miss!

    I have chosen to feature this post on the next Peace, Love, Linkup! Come and grab a button and I’ll see you next week! : )

    • August 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much Ashleigh!!

  10. August 23, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. August 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Wow…these turned out so great!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  12. August 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    What a great project and makes the room look so light and airy!! Great job and great instructions!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Pinned!!

  13. August 24, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Very creative!
    Thanks for sharing with us on the Homesteader Hop!

  14. August 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Taralynn, what a great idea! I have bi-fold slatted closet doors and I hate them. I’m going to be replacing them soon and this looks like a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays Pinned, Shared, Tweeted

    • August 25, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks Carla! So far, we’re really happy with the doors, they’re so light!

  15. August 31, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Great idea on the closet doors. I love how inexpensive they are. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  16. September 11, 2016 at 12:07 am

    You take on some big projects and they all turn out great! These look really nice!

  17. September 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    This is something we haven’t considered, but I think would be nice to try out, specifically for the craft room! The house we have has those rolling doors and they’re so So annoying! We’ve removed them from the boys’ closet and we’ll turn them into “regular” doors in our room one day! 🙂

    • September 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Kendall, that’s a great idea to convert rolling doors to hinged doors! I’m going to experiment with that too, though I love these doors I’ve also got other plans to see what else can be done inexpensively! Thanks for coming by!

  18. September 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Hi Tarah! Loved what you created and had to share your ideas with A Little Bird Told Me Link Party readers. Keep up the great projects!!!

    • September 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you so much Sandy!!

  19. September 19, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Love how unique these closet doors are! Haven’t seen anything like them before!

  20. September 27, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for sharing this Tarahlynn! I’m lucky enough to get double closet doors in my master bedroom, and have been considering switching my guest bedroom’s closet door to match. This is an efficient way to do it and I love the curtains too! Thanks so much for sharing this on #shinebloghop last week!

  21. March 1, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I can’t believe how pretty they look. Very creative too. Saw your post at I am Pinnable #31.

  22. March 3, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Your talent for DIY is incredible. These doors turned out very nicely. It will also be an easy change to update them with different light fabric. The cost of home decor and materials is so beyond ridiculous you should be proud for finding your own economical solution. Well done.

    • March 3, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you so much Leanna! I have a couple more closets that need doors so I’m going to experiment with other ideas and fabrics!

  23. March 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I love these closet doors Tarah – honestly can you come to my house and decorate !!

  24. May 23, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It!

  25. July 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    What a great way to turn your laundry area into a beautiful space! It’s crazy how much you can save with some creativity when it comes to home projects.

  26. July 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Great idea… and they look wonderful. 🙂

  27. November 14, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Those look awesome!! #DreamTeam

  28. November 16, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I love this idea! What a good job you did, too! Thanks for sharing!
    Visiting from Tune In Thursday.

  29. November 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I love this idea, I wish I could have a laundry area like that. Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

    • November 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Have a great weekend Teresa, thanks for coming by!

  30. November 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    These look amazing. You’re so talented. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  31. November 19, 2017 at 10:57 am

    This looks fab great job Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  32. November 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I love that you made exactly the kind of doors that YOU liked AND you saved money – I’m so jealous! I can’t operate power tools, lol, but this is a great tutorial.

  33. JaneEllen
    February 4, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Don’t think there is any ? how talented and innovative you are when it comes to a difficult situation. I so love those doors and the curtains, how you installed them, no rod required, what a smart gal you are, love to see that kind of initiative.
    Around our hose it’s figure out another cheaper way which is just as good or better or do without.I get a lot of flack from hubby how
    it won’t work but I go ahead and do what makes sense to me,just go for it, what do you have to lose?

    • February 5, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks JaneEllen, you sound like a lady right after my own heart!

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