The planning stage is necessary to build a closet effectively, and during this time, you will need to take careful measurements of the area in which you intend to build a closet, as well as carefully considering materials, cost, safety, and effective use of the space. Simple closet designs are not difficult to build, but you will need to consider the final look of the closet as well as any extra features such as lights that you want to install in the closet. Building materials are also important to consider, as some materials are better to build a closet with than others.
Once you have determined how big your closet will be and where it will go, you will need to purchase the correct amount and type of materials. Many people choose cedar to build a closet because it is a fragrant wood that naturally resists moisture damage as well as bug infestations. This is an attractive wood that will not need any extra treatment, though it tends to be more expensive than other types of wood. Pine is a good choice if the boards are dried properly and not warped too badly. Pine is relatively inexpensive as well, though it is not the strongest choice.
Framing comes next. When you build a closet, you will need to frame not only the walls, but also the doorway and supports for internal structures such as hanging rods. Try to measure where the rod for hanging clothing will be situated within the closet, and be sure to affix scrap studs there so the rod can be secured to something other than drywall when the structure is finished. The doorway will need to be framed correctly as well, and it is wise to research the best ways to accomplish this framing before you start the project.
Finishing the closet will require hanging drywall or cedar panels inside and outside of the closet. Before hanging any drywall or panels, however, be sure to double-check the structure for any errors you may have made, as the repair process will become more difficult once the drywall is hung. Also be sure to install any wiring, switches, outlets, and so on before hanging drywall or panels. Once the drywall is hung, shelves and poles can be hung inside the closet. Be sure shelves and rods are all secured to solid wood rather than just the drywall panels.