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Simple Closet Dividers




  • Wooden shelf brackets
  • Wood screws (two for each bracket)
  • Handheld drill


  1. Step 1

    Arrange the closet contents according to your storage needs to determine where to place brackets.

  2. Step 2

    Set the shorter side of a bracket on the shelf and the longer side against the wall. To secure each bracket, drill in two wood screws from the shelf's underside.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2003



Reviews (16)

  • bensmom63 29 Mar, 2009

    I use big baskets to fill the gaps in my deep closets. I usually put beach towels, beach supplies like lotion, swimsuits, etc in them so they are neatly put away but accessible once its time to use them.
    I think you could use the same idea with putting holiday decorations (like linens, small decorative items) in there. Hope that helps!

  • bonniewinner 13 Jan, 2009

    Could you give some tips for a very deep linen closet. It is a tall built-in storage in the guest bath, and I don't even know what is lurking stuffed back there. And the very highest shelves are really unknown territory!

  • DLA 12 Jan, 2009

    I love the idea of dividers. Any ideas for the wire shelving?

  • clsblack 11 Jan, 2009

    great idea....and it would be even cooler if we could figure out how to make them slide left to right and be adjustable...hmmmm

  • KeyofC 11 Jan, 2009

    Time to tame the clutter! The idea of wooden brackets is not a new one, but it is by far a better option over the wire or mesh dviders I've been finding in the various stores. And to think they're available right down the street , well ... there's hope in 2009!

  • anthrochick1931 10 Jan, 2009

    This is a wonderful idea. My husband and I are getting ready to remodel all of our closets.

  • karlakrafts 10 Jan, 2009

    What a great idea! I wish I didn't have those old wire shelves, though I did find some wire dividers through the Get Organized website. Still, this is a super idea my mom can use.

  • briarpatchwoods 10 Jan, 2009

    I made something similar to this to contain a colection of magazines I use for reference. I didn't like the usual expensive cardboard boxes they sell . I cut my own dividers out of wood, copying the angle of the bought boxes. For more stability, I attached mine also to the top shelf. So, I had a divider the full height of the shelf, about 4 in. across the top, angled down and squared off about 4in. from the bottom shelf and sitting back from the edge of the shelf by about 1-2 in.

  • lisasobell 10 Jan, 2009

    Great idea Tink!

  • lisasobell 10 Jan, 2009

    An "L" bracket is shaped as a capital L, and usually made of aluminum or steel. You should be able to find them at any hardware store near the shelving materials. They come in different sizes and have the holes already drilled at each end for screws to secure them in place. For this great idea from tinkonthebrink, just attach the metal brackets to the wooden brackets not the shelf.

  • Anagomez 10 Jan, 2009

    What does a L bracket look like? And where can I buy one.

  • tinkonthebrink 10 Jan, 2009

    If you add an L bracket to each side of the shelf bracket you can make them moveable, like bookends.

  • Postalady 10 Jan, 2009


  • grannycooks 10 Jan, 2009

    To maryshome8 - you misunderstood. They mean for you to use them as separators on existing shelves. It is actually a great idea. I also use small plastic baskets for things like vitamins, pills, make-up and first aid items, so that all I have to do when I need something I just pull out that basket. You can even stack the baskets. Hope this helps.

  • FourandTwenty 10 Jan, 2009

    Good point maryshome8. If you have a shelf that is very stable (i.e. items going on or off don't cause even slight changes in shelf due to change in weight bearing) you can use a bead of wood adhesive (ask at hardware store) on the long side to secure it against the wall. Be sure to apply the wood adhesive *first*, put it in place, and have someone else firmly hold it there while you put the wood screws in from the bottom. Let adhesive cure fully before using shelf.

  • maryshome8 10 Jan, 2009

    Not sure who came up with this...but it WILL NOT work. That leaves the longer piece of the shelf unstablized, and it will eventually break down the integrity of the one that is secured.