How to Build a Two-Tier Closet

A two-tiered closet can be a real space saver for your home. If you don't have a two-tiered closet but want one, rest assured that converting your closet into a two-tiered closet is easy and can be done using a few tools from your toolbox. Whether you do two-tiered rods, or a two-tiered shelf, you'll be effectively utilizing the space in your closet.

Two-Tiered Rods

Wooden closet rods are great for holding heavy items.
  1. Consider how much weight your clothes will amount to. If you intend on hanging a lot of clothing, then stick with a wooden rod or a sturdy metal rod, as plain adjustable ones can collapse under too much pressure.

  2. Measure the width of your closet and purchase rods accordingly, along with holding brackets to keep rods in place.

  3. Locate the studs on either side of your closet walls with your stud finder. Nailing the holding brackets to the studs will give your rods more support and ensure that they don't fall down and cause damage to walls.

  4. Mark where you want to install your rods on either side of your closet. You can do the top tier a little higher up for full-length outfits, with the bottom tier being a little closer to the ground for single pieces like shorts or skirts. Don't place the rods too far back, as clothing will hit the back wall. Use a coat hanger as an example of how much space you'll need.

  5. Use a level to ensure your markings are level. You don't want rods to hang unevenly, as this can look sloppy and will cause clothing to hang oddly.

  6. Drill in the holding brackets in the areas you've marked on either side of your closet walls. Put rods securely in holding brackets and make sure they look even.

Shelf Tier

  1. Measure the width and length of your closet, and buy a wooden board accordingly from your local hardware store. Choose a thickness of your choice, but make sure it's at least an inch thick so it will hold folded clothing or shoes. Also purchase medium to large L-brackets.

  2. Find a stud in either side of your closet wall and measure the height at which you will want to hang your shelf. Use a level to ensure your measurements are level.

  3. Locate studs on the back wall of your closet. Your closet may have one stud in the center of your back wall or two studs evenly spaced behind the wall, so make sure you check thoroughly. If you have two studs, measure where you will hang your shelf over both, corresponding with the other measurements you made on the other walls. Use level to make sure they are all even.

  4. Drill your L-brackets into the walls where you have marked for your shelf. Place your board atop your L-brackets and step back to inspect and make sure it is even.


  • Always use electric tools as they are intended, and follow all warning labels and instructions accordingly.

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.