DIY DVD Storage Closet

How we packed tons of media and DVD storage into a small under-stairs closet using just a few pieces of lumber in one weekend.

Our kids and grandkids will never know the joys of strolling through a Blockbuster on Friday night…

Bee-lining it to the new release wall only to discover that every single one of the 30 copies of Titanic are sold out…

Meandering through the “old school” movie aisles, which to you was any movie older than 5 years because you were a whopping 12 years old…

Begging your mom for just one little sleeve of Sour Punch Straws if you pinky promised with a cherry on top that you would clean your disgusting room the second you got home…

And cursing the guy who rented the VHS tape before you because he did not “be kind and rewind”.

Yeah… all that. I never knew I’d miss it.

DIY DVD Storage Closet Under the Stairs

We did the best we could though and created our own miniature Blockbuster in the closet under our stairs.

And it’s mainly because we refuse to part with our DVD hard copies since we’re still rockin’ the “old school” title here too.

DIY DVD Storage Closet

Robert had this idea to make use of this oddly shaped, dingy little closet, since we had no decent organization to our movie collection, and this little space was not being used to its potential. Aren’t those mouse traps great decor? Welcome to living in an old house. Bleck!

So he and Olivia made a day of it for a daddy/daughter weekend project to transform it into something more functional. Win/win/win!

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The Steps:

1. Because the closet extended underneath an unusable part of our stairs (next to our air return vent), we decided to close it off. So we built a frame using 2″x4″ boards and wood screws to create “studs”.

DIY DVD Storage Closet

2. Then for our wall, we decided to use plywood since we already had a scrap piece we could use. (If you prefer sheetrock, that works too.)  We cut the plywood to the measurements of the 2″x4″ frame and nailed it in place with the finishing nail gun.

DIY DVD Storage Closet

3. Once our wall was up, we caulked the edges. This cutie is a PRO at caulking now. 😉

DIY DVD Storage Closet

4. To create the DVD shelves, we planned to space them 10 inches apart and measured the width of the wall every 10 inches.

DIY DVD Storage Closet

5. Then, we cut 1″x4″ boards to the width measurements we needed for our angled wall in the closet.

6. We screwed each 1″x4″ board to the wall using L brackets to make the shelves.

DIY DVD Storage Closet

7. Once they were all up, we caulked the shelves like crazy, primed, painted, and we had SOOO much DVD storage, we didn’t even know what to do with it all.

DIY DVD Storage Closet

So now we’re off to buy more DVDs. Juuuuust kidding. Well, maybe.

It’s nothing pretty to look at really, but a good tidy up is a beautiful thing.

DIY DVD Storage Closet

DIY DVD Storage Closet

Curious minds want to know… how do you store your movies? Do you kick it old school too? Keep them all neatly lined up on shelves? Or have you gone 100% digital?

I don’t know if we’ll ever get with the times, but obviously, we’re not that worried about it. 😉

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  1. We still have DVDs that we brought into our marriage, we’ll probably keep those as long as we can still play them. But I am trying to buy digital whenever we get something new, purely because of the storage space! It does feel harder to browse through and get inspired digitally though. 🙂

  2. Love this idea. Our DVD’s are in bins that go on the bottom shelf of our TV Armoir. This idea looks much better! Olivia is a doll, what a great little helper. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I transferred all mine plus the artwork into a zippered notebook with sleeves like for CDS. Very convenient to just grab the case when traveling and takes up a lot less room.

  4. Love your closet remodel and a great, tidy way to store and organize your DVD collection.

    No extra closet space for me in my small house so I use a bookcase in my some-what finished basement.

  5. First off – brilliant use of that space! I still have – and actually still buy- dvd’s because I am obsessed with my favorites, the end.

    We use a buffet cabinet as our tv “stand” that has so much drawer and cabinet space half of them are empty. Perhaps you and I should go DVD shopping, haha.

    Saving the best to last: your little princess Olivia is soooo cute! I squealed out loud seeing her proudly sporting her tool belt. Daddy must’ve been so proud of her that day! (Not to mention you are both teaching great life skills.)

    So what dvd is the family watching tonight? : – )

  6. great use of space- wish I had a closet to do that to. I store my dvds in a plastic sleeve and place them in old drawers or rectangular basket- takes up less space that way.

  7. When i had to move from my house i had 500 + VHS tapes! A friend worked at Blockbuster and i got deals like crazy. Then my player broke so i bought a DVD player and started the chore of replacing as many as i could. Love your storage. For a long while i had upright units, now they are stacked in a credenza. What i love about my DVDs is sll the extra stuff! Voice overs and features. There is about 34 hours of special material in my 3 Lord of the Rings set, plus the extended material. I’m such a nerd that I’ve watched it all!
    My DVDs are a treasure trove of info and I’ve learned so much. Most all of that goes away just watching it digitally. What a lose.
    I love books too! I had 1200 of those when i moved! Had built shevles into the walls between studs.
    I store my books and DVDs by genera. ALWAYS file/store things in a way that relects your mind! If it isn’t traditional who cares! A filing system only works if you can retrieve items.

  8. With my husband’s collection of over 200 DVDs/BlueRays (and growing), we are on two floor to ceiling bookcases.

  9. Great use of space! Love the “on-the-job-training” going on! As a high school teacher, my husband taught girls to design, build, use power tools, etc. Always a very empowering experience. Olivia is off to a good start!

  10. I have my favorites on DVD. I don’t want to have to deal with who is streaming what or pay to watch You’ve got Mail one more time. Also, I got a small portable DVD player and take it in the garage with me when I am sanding the furniture I redo for my store. It is heaven to watch whatever I feel like without input from all the boys I live with.

  11. Did the same thing under our stairs and keep all extra audio and video cables with them. Yours is very neat

  12. I thought maybe you would make a door to access the vent area but super smart storage for those DVDs. My TV sits on a long cabinet with lots of drawers and 2 of them hold our VCR tapes (yep, the grandkids love them!) and DVDs!

  13. LOVE this! This curious mind just needs to now know—–did you alphabetize or make a specific order of some kind? (We have a hard time finding all ours because NO ORDER) Lol.

  14. I love this idea, but I guess I’m going to age myself, but I crack up when you say your kicking it old school with dvd’s. For me, that would be VHS. lol!!!

  15. Hi Lauren: Only one little thing. What about the space next to the air duct that you closed off. That’s great deep storage. I live in an old beach house in Massachusetts with virtually no closet space on the first floor (and limited on the second) so every inch of hidden storage space is put to use! Anyway, love, love love your blog and look forward to it! Your house looks great and a real credit to all the work you put into it.


  16. Great idea! Neat and organized feels so good! I donate old movies. Some I know I will never watch again. However, I have an old tv/ vcr combo and saved kids videos for my grandkids to watch. They are so not interested and I have yet to part with them for sentimental reasons! Lol!

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