5 Simple Steps to Convert a Bookcase Into a Closet for Your Little One (Watch Video)

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Do you find yourself lacking a proper closet space in your child’s room, or worse, no closet at all? Fear not! With a little elbow grease, you can easily transform a standard bookcase into your very own bookshelf wardrobe. Some friends of mine who have done this suggested that their Ikea Billy Bookcases make for a great closet! Converting your bookcase into a whole closet is especially handy if you plan on keeping your newborn in your bedroom for a few months before transitioning them to their own space. It’s larger than a diaper table and can hold clothing, blankets and other items your baby may need without you having to go back and forth to their room.

If you don’t already have a suitable bookshelf for conversion, don’t rush to purchase a new one. You can often find inexpensive options at your local Goodwill, thrift stores, or even through online platforms like Craigslist.

Now with your bookcase secured, feel free to give it a makeover and customize your closet with a fresh coat of paint and decorative adhesive vinyl to match your room’s decor. You can find these supplies at retailers like the one I’m using which I got from Lowe’s, or you could get others from Walmart, or Target.

Now, let’s get started! Here are step by step instructions to turn a bookshelf into a closet!

Step 1

Empty the bookcase out starting with a nice clean slate. Use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust or dirt accumulated over time.

Step 2

Measure the designated area for hanging clothes. Determine which shelves to keep and which to remove, ensuring easy accessibility for hanging garments. Be sure to jot down your measurements for reference.

Step 3

Using a screw gun, remove any unnecessary shelves from the middle of the bookcase. Consider retaining a shelf at the top and one or two below to accommodate different storage needs. Store any extra shelves in a safe place for future use.

Step 4

Purchase a tension rod to be used for hanging the clothes. Here is one I found from Lowes that will do the trick and it’s under $10. I found it in the plumbing department. It’s for a 27 to 40-inch space and holds up to 30 pounds. Place the rod where you can easily reach but also providing enough room for the clothes to hang nicely.

Step 5

The most important step is to attach this bookcase closet to the wall. Safety is paramount so you will need to secure the bookcase closet to the wall to prevent accidents, especially in households with young children. Watch this helpful video to ensure proper installation and peace of mind.

All done! Time to Decorate!

Your bookcase closet should be complete, and you can start adding your personal touch! I would suggest to arrange picture frames or cherished keepsakes on the top shelf, reserving this space for items not accessed daily. Utilize the hanging rod to organize clothes in hangers by color or style, while lower shelves can accommodate shoes, blankets, or toys.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully transformed your bookshelf into a closet, maximizing space and functionality in your home.
Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

Erin @ Wardrobe Hackers

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Erin is a fashion enthusiast, all-around craftsy girl, marketer, and devoted mom. She’s been with Wardrobe Hackers since day 1, as the author and “star” of our very first blog post and Youtube video. Before joining Wardrobe Hackers, Erin had her own custom wreath-making business (Front Door Décor) and prior to that, she managed key accounts with Enterprise. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two young girls and a beagle that sheds (a lot!).


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