DIY Back of Door Shelf

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Project by thediyplan posted 02-14-2020 03:19 AM 957 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s always nice to have extra storage space to keep household items more organized. There is one little place that typically is not being utilized, which is behind the closet door. So I’ve built a DIY Back of Door Shelf Organizer for our pantry closet. This gives us more space to store additional items.

This is a very simple project that took me an hour to do, and it could be customized to any door size you want. Our pantry door is smaller than a typical 36”x80” door, so the plans I created were designed for a 20” wide door. If you’re making a shelf for a different size door, you just have to leave about 1 ½” clearance from the front to make sure the door closes without hitting the door jamb.
I used 1×4 boards for the entire project and installed the shelves far apart to fit 8” tall water bottles. A lot of times we buy a full case of water bottles and each case has 24 bottles. So this DIY back of door shelf fits 24 bottles perfectly.

This pantry shelf project could also be customized to store different herbs and spices. Usually, herbs and spices come in smaller containers and in this case, instead of using 1×4, you could use 1×2 boards. Also, the horizontal shelf boards could be much closer together.

You also might be interested in a DIY Offsetting Shelf I build earlier this year. To find the full plans visit TheDIYPlan.

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#1 posted 02-14-2020 02:56 PM

Nice quick project that will benefit for years. I’ve been meaning to do this on the storage closet door in my garage. How d dad I’d you attach it to the door? Is it a hollow cord or solid?

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#2 posted 02-14-2020 03:55 PM

Great idea and use of space. I need to upgrade our wire rack we currently have.


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