DIY / master closet / woodworking

Masculine Custom Closet

Stereotypically, custom closets are a luxury sought after by women. This was certainly the case for me and my recent dressing room closet makeover. The interesting thing I have observed from the male perspective of closet renovation is they are equally impressed, but specifically they appreciate the streamline organization and the hyper-functional use of space a custom closet offers.


To that end, we spent a few days recently planning and customizing my husband’s closet. Through this makeover process we have leveraged his closet makeover into a tailored space, transforming strange obstacles into desired assets and obviously, extra storage. Clearly, it was not functioning in the before photo below.


After planning and building out the new closet, the space is used to it’s full potential. The unused area next to the air return became shelving for folded clothes. While the air return itself, treated like the top of a dresser, became a landing surface for everyday items. And the space above becomes a feature wall for his late father’s vintage wooden shoe trees.


Space planning and design innovations require some thought, but a custom closet is truly a DIY project that anyone can do given the time and the tools.



Of course, like any man, he was excited to add some bells and whistles to the project, like this  12″ Valet Rod from Amazon. *Affiliate link


And a sliding, retractable Tie Rack. *Affiliate link

But day to day, my guy is very much a casual dresser. If he is not out meeting with customers or going into the office, he can be found in his T-shirt, a pair of shorts and often a baseball cap.


This month, Ryobi Nation is highlighting a round-up of Staycation Projects, perfect for summer DIY’s, like a custom closet.

If you’d like to get the PLANS and step-by-step directions
on how to build your own custom closet

you can get the full details at RYOBI Nation by clicking here.

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  • Linda Szymoniak
    June 3, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I’m not able to get to the page for the giveaway. I’m a member and signed in, but the link you provided just takes me back to my profile page.

  • Alayna
    June 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Looks great! We are building a house soon and custom closets are one of my weeknesses (and with a husband that used to be a finished carpenter they are totally within reach – yay). Pinning it for future reference!

  • Sherry
    June 9, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Looks great! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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  • Allen
    March 1, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I see an Ironman hat! Which Ironman did he do? I did Louisville in 2016! Love the blog by the way!

    • Leslie
      March 2, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Thanks! He completed the full Ironman in Louisville too, but in 2010. It was so incredibly hot that year. Congratulations on your accomplishment!!


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