How to make your own DIY closet tower and bag holder

Designer and carpenter Chris Palmer shares two DIYs that can help you make the most of your closet splace.  Every closet is different so be sure to measure if you want to go wider or deeper with your tower system. The sizes he's given is a simply guideline that should work with just about any closet.

Closet Tower

  • 2 sheets of 5/8" MDF
  • 1x2 pine 32'
  • wood glue
  • clamps
  • brad nail gun
  • wood filler
  • 150 sand paper
  • primer
  • paint
  • 1 1/8" Hardwood Dowel (8 ft or more)
  • Closet Rod Holders (Home Depot hardware department)
  1. Using one sheet of 5/8" or thicker MDF, cut two side gables to 14" strips and then cut the heights to 6'.
  2. Using the same sheet cut your shelves out of it by ripping one long strip at 14" again and then cutting them to 14".
  3. Now take your side gables and cut your 1x2 pine to the same length (6') and glue/nail them to the front edge of your gable.
  4. Once the glue is dry, mark out your shelf spacing and glue and nail your shelves in place. Tip for the shelves is to lay your two gables down 
  5. at the same time back to back so you can transfer your marks, making sure you get the exact same heights on each side.
  6. With the shelves glued in place, simply measure the distance between the 1x2 pine and now cut more 1x2 pine to go between and glue onto the shelf lip. This method allows you to install the shelf lip perfectly each time and you don't have to worry about measuring the distance in from the edge of the shelf.
  7. Now sand, prime and paint!
  8. Once it's dry, get your closet rod hardware installed at the heights you want, and use a level to mark the walls and simply screw your holders in place. Measure your distances and cut the dowel to size and slide it in place.


DIY Bag Holder

  • Cardboard
  • 1/2" MDF 
  • 1" Hardwood Dowel (4 ft)
  • Spray Paint and Primer
  • 150 Sandpaper
  • #8 x 2" wood screw
  • wood glue
  1. Create a shape you like on a piece of old cardboard, then cut it out and trace it onto your MDF.
  2. Using a jig saw, cut the shape out. 
  3. Now cut your dowel to length, using your widest item to hang as a guide for the length. I suggest no more than 4" long.
  4. Cut a back plate from the MDF for mounting the dowel to. 
  5. Drill a 1/8" pilot hole through the center of the back plate and the center of the dowel.
  6. Glue both ends of the dowel and now screw the back plate to the dowel.
  7. Next clamp the shape you cut out onto the dowel so it's centered. The screw only has to go through the back to the dowel as that's 
  8. where all the weight will be held. Clamping the front on prevents you from having to fill holes.
  9. Sand, and paint and screw it on the wall to hang your bags in style!