Transforming a Coat Closet Into a DVD Closet

What do you do with a coat closet when you don’t need it for coats anymore? What do you do when you have DVDs taking over your house? How about making a DVD closet. I had this great idea and luckily I have a handy Hubby to carry it out. This is the before:


Here’s the blank slate. Is this the tiniest coat closet you’ve ever seen?


Putting in the supports for the shelves. I wanted the DVDs to fit perfectly. We have a problem with kids trying to put DVDs in sideways and on top of one another. They won’t have that option anymore, because the shelves are just the right height and depth for DVDs:


Time for the shelves now. This took a lot of measuring and cutting. Luckily Hubby doesn’t swear or there could have been some bad words said at one point of this project:


Now it was my turn to take over with the painting. Hubby isn’t allowed to paint anymore. He’s not very patient and really doesn’t enjoy it:


This is where the DVDs used to be stored:


Taking up a lot of room in my small dining area. I am so happy to get this space in my dining area back:


The kids helped me put all the movies in the new closet:


PG-13 movies are on the higher shelves (they have to ask first for these), PG movies are in the middle and G movies are on the bottom shelves:


You’re not going to believe this, but we couldn’t fit all the cartoon and Disney movies in the closet. Luckily we have storage for those in the TV stand. What do you think? I love this new storage area for all of our DVDs and I’m pretty confident it will stay like this because of the custom fit shelves:


Oh, how I do love an organized closet!

I’m linking to:

Organization Party for LUFF’s at Our Suburban Cottage

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Before and After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick

Make It For Monday at Cottage Instincts

DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land

Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family

Trash to Treasure at Reinvented

Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple

Get YOur Craft On Thursday at Life as Lori

Creative Cats at Poppies at Play

Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Victory of the Week at Design-aholic

Toot Your Horn Tuesday at Silly Little Sparrow
Show Us Your Closets at Thrifty Decor Chick

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{ 22 comments… add one }
  • AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottage January 31, 2010, 9:17 pm

    What a great idea! I love it when people are able to think outside the box to transform a useless space into something incredibly useful. Great job!

    Thanks for linking up to my party!

  • queenbee January 31, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Looks great! I would love to replace my wire shelves with wood shelves, but unlike yours my husband would probably swear! Maybe I can convince my unswearing handy step-dad to do them for me. Thanks for sharing

  • lori January 31, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Wow y’all have a lot of DVD’s Great use of a small closet!

  • pj January 31, 2010, 10:24 pm

    amazingly awesome!

  • February 1, 2010, 5:07 am

    Fantastic! Love it!

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage February 1, 2010, 8:32 am

    I love it!! We have the same exact problem. I don’t have a small closet like that though…. 🙁

  • Doogie February 1, 2010, 11:34 am

    This is the coolest closet conversion I have ever seen.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Michelle February 1, 2010, 11:38 am

    We did this with ours, too. I love it. We keep all our DVDs alphabetically. The only thing we missed was putting in a light. We have one of those pop on kind of deals in there until we have time to add a real working light. Enjoy your new space. It looks great.

  • pk @ Room Remix February 1, 2010, 11:57 am

    Clever idea! It looks like the perfect solution for DVD storage. That’s a LOT of DVD’s. 🙂

  • Wendy February 1, 2010, 4:58 pm

    AWESOME! Those things are so hard to store. I debated putting them in CD sleeves, but really didnt want to part with the cases.

  • Traci Rochon February 1, 2010, 5:12 pm

    Ahhhh! What happened to Video closet? It was such a cooler name.

  • Ashleigh February 1, 2010, 10:40 pm

    Wow! What a fabulous idea. My hubby did similar ones for me, for my food storage, and I like you, take over at the painting and stuff! By the way, I’d love to come over for a movie!

  • Katherine @ Grass Stains February 2, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I just have to say WOW! But first, I have to also say that I cannot imagine uttering the words, “What do you do with a coat closet when you don’t need it for coats anymore?” But that’s beside the point. 😉 You did a GREAT job! We probably have over 500 DVDs in our cabinet, so I can totally see why you needed to do this. We have three boys (7, 5 and 22 months), and we watch our DVDs all the time. I’m envious that you didn’t need the closet anymore … great thinking!

  • Emily February 2, 2010, 2:50 pm

    That’s a great idea! We have two DVD stands flanking both sides of the tv and it’s just messing up the whole comfortable ‘flow’ of the room. But I never know where else to put them and then I’d have 2 giant dvd racks with no use. Lol! *sigh*

  • Heather@ My Frugal Family February 2, 2010, 5:04 pm

    I really need something like this, but our house is shockingly low on closets.

    Thank you so much for stopping by the Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family link party, and adding this to the page! Don’t forget to stop back next week to see which links from this week are featured, and to add your new links!

  • jennibeell February 3, 2010, 6:34 am

    Wow!!! And behind closed doors too. . .I think that’s the best part 🙂

  • debbie February 4, 2010, 8:38 am

    Hi,, I love how you made your DVD closet.. I dont have extra closets like that but how cool it would be to do if I did.. thanks for sharing.

  • teri February 4, 2010, 9:31 pm

    Wow! That’s an awesome dvd closet, and I’m jealouse of your collection!

  • Andy Porter February 5, 2010, 9:02 am

    I’m with you on that! I love an organized closet too. They make me giddy. It’s perfect!

  • Funky Junk Interiors February 6, 2010, 11:04 am

    I am so JEALOUS!!! This is insanely awesome.

    Thanks for linking it up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  • John September 7, 2010, 4:06 pm

    Wow, that’s increadible. Good work. We had a mess of DVD’s that we needed to store as well and went for some storage albums and then tossed the plastic cases in the recycle bin. I have to admit that your solution is pretty cool.

  • Beth February 23, 2012, 5:53 am

    Im impressed with both the project and the clever way of keeping the PG-13 movies out of reach!

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