The best thing about having a sloped ceiling in your closet is that there’s no limit to the number of hangers you can store! It might seem like an insignificant detail, but it can really help you make the most of limited space. An elevated ceiling creates more usable space by giving you a horizontal surface to hang clothes from.
With a sloped ceiling, your closet will feel less claustrophobic than other designs. You also won’t have to worry about your hanging clothes being able to reach the same level as the rest of the closet if you ever plan on adding more hangers or outfits.
Your options for building a sloped ceiling are practically endless, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try! Keep reading this article and we’ll show you how to do it with ease.
Build a corner closet
with a sloped ceiling
If you need to build a sloped ceiling with a corner design, there are many ways to do it without having to purchase anything extra. First, take two sheets of plywood and place them at the bottom of your closet walls. Cut the plywood into smaller pieces so that they’re long enough in both directions to fit snugly against your closet walls. Place these pieces against the wall and secure them with screws or nails.
Next, take an aluminum rim for your washer and dryer and screw or nail it onto the plywood on either side of your closet opening. This will form a frame around which you can hang clothes, since this is one face of the aluminum rim will be attached to the backboard of your closet door.
Finally, use a leveler to keep the height even across all sides of your sloped ceiling. The leveler is basically just a board that you can adjust between two points along its length so that it spits out a flat line when placed perpendicularly on top of something else. It’s important that you make sure this board is level before hanging clothes on it, because if not, then some clothes will hang higher than others!
For more tips like this, check out our article about building closets with risers!
Add a second story to your closet
The most common way to build a sloped ceiling is to add a second story. To do this, you will need a stepladder and some plywood. First, measure the height of your ceiling, including the height of any baseboards or molding in your closet. Then buy an 8 foot piece of plywood and cut it into two pieces that are 4 feet long. Place each piece on top of the other and nail them together with 1/2 inch nails all along the board except for one end, which should be open to accept the end of your ladder. The plywood will act as a platform to give you extra height when building up the sides of your ceiling onto the baseboard or molding.
To make it sturdier, add 2×4’s on either side of your ladder so that they are flush with the wood flooring. Once you’re done building the platform for your sloped ceiling, put up three hangers in each corner using eye hooks and wire hanger clips. This type of system not only makes for a higher-quality installation but also prevents clothes from falling off when you remove them from their hanger!
Add an incline to your main wall
The first step in building a sloped ceiling is to add an incline to your main wall. If you’re storing clothes on the wall, then you have a lot of options for how to do this. You can use a long piece of board or sheet metal and screw it into your drywall for added stability. If you don’t want to screw anything into your walls, then you can use tripod-based brackets that allow you to slide them into the wall without drilling any holes.
Your next step will be adding supports to the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling. Once they are in, use screws and anchors to secure them in place.
Next, turn your attention to the ceiling and build up two support beams with wooden blocks and screws. These beams should be positioned at least 6 inches (15 cm) away from the center of each beam so that there’s enough room for hangers between them and the ceiling. Then, attach hooks securely onto each beam before attaching a long piece of board or metal across them with screws and anchors.
To finish off your sloped closet floor, put down some plywood or rigid foam sheets that are 3/4 inch (1 cm) thick or thicker. Use screws and anchors as well as some trim boards if necessary to make sure everything stays secure until it all sets!
Build a T-shaped closet
First, you’ll need to build a T-shaped cabinet. Start by laying out a piece of plywood on the floor with rectangular lines on it that are the same length and width as your closet. This way, you’ll know exactly where to place your brackets.
Next, cut two pieces of plywood that are the same size as your closet’s opening dimensions and use them to frame the opening of your new T-shaped closet. Then you can use two more pieces of plywood to “build up” around these frames and reinforce the space where the ceiling meets the walls.
Finally, mark off the locations for all your brackets using the two X’s in front of each bracket location so you know exactly how much space each will take up in your ceiling space. Finally, drill through each bracket into its corresponding location on your framed wall so they can hold onto their anchors securely.
If you have any questions about building a sloped ceiling, please feel free to reach out!
Add a ramp to your closet
Building a sloped ceiling can be as simple as adding a ramp to your closet. You’ll need to decide how steep the ramp will be, but it typically ranges from one and a half inches to six feet.
The major downside of this method is that you won’t have a lot of room on shelves above the ramp. If you have no plans to add more hangers or outfits in the future, this is a good option for you.
As an alternative, you could add one or two hangers below the ramp as well as some hooks for hanging clothes that are too long for the ramp. This would create more usable space and makes it easier for you to find what you’re looking for in your closet!
Add boxes for hanging clothes
to build a sloped ceiling
To build a sloped ceiling, you will need to create boxes around the perimeter of the closet. These boxes can be made from any material you want. Ideally, they should be sturdy and easy to attach to the wall. You’ll need three boxes: one on each side of the door and one in-between them.
The boxes are built using 2x4s and drywall screws, with concrete or cinder blocks as additional support if needed. The flooring is attached inside these boxes and then covered with the same material used for the walls. This makes it easier to keep the room tidy because there is no bare floor leading up to where your hangers are located. The box on the left refers to where you would hang shirts, shoes, or other small accessories that don’t take up much space like scarves or ties. On each side of this box are two smaller boxes about 15 inches long that allow you to store hats and long belts in addition to hanging clothes in front of them.
On top of these smaller boxes is a third larger box that allows you to store jackets and sweaters in addition to hanging clothes in front of it as well. The center box is longer than those surrounding it so that it can better accommodate large pieces of clothing like coats or blankets with built-in hangers on them.
You now have a sloped ceiling with plenty of room for all your clothes!
Using the ceiling as well as the floor of your closet
If you have a slanted ceiling and floor, what you need to do is mount the shelves on both levels. For your hanging clothes, use a ladder or step stool. For your shoes, use baskets that are mounted on the wall or rack shelves.
The best way to build a closet with a sloped ceiling is to put the shelves on the floor of your closet and then mount them in the ceiling. This will ensure that everything can be accessed without having to stand on something high up in order to reach something else.
Another option is to make two shelves so they intersect at one point in midair like an A-frame. You can also mount the lower shelf directly onto the floor of your closet and then hang clothes from both levels simultaneously using hangers or baskets mounted on either side of the hanger bar–this will save you space!
The last option is to build a single shelf into your ceiling and then create hangers for hanging clothes from both levels simultaneously (see picture). In this case, you would need some brackets installed at either level where the hanger bar would attach to provide support for hanging heavy articles of clothing.