We have three girls sharing one bedroom with a walk in closet that was pretty much useless. Across the shortest section of the closet were two rods and that was it. I neglected to get before pictures again, but it was pretty bad. There was no space for dresses and their shoes were always in a pile on top of each other and impossible to find or organize properly.
Recently, we decided it was past time to get that closet useful and organized. We found plans at Ana-White.com for a fantastic shoe organizer with lots and lots of room for shoes. Since two of our girls are teenagers, we needed the space.
We had Home Depot cut the wood for us, which made things a whole lot easier. It's possible to get straight cuts along a sheet of plywood with a circular saw, but it's a pain. My husband took a cut plan with him to the store so he could have everything cut the way he needed, then he could just come home and start building.
The plan for the closet gave the girls two shirt height rods the same length as they already had (we were able to reuse the poles) and we added a full length dress rod, as well as a shelf across the top. Their closet was so pitiful they didn't even have a shelf before. Obviously if this were my closet, I would have made an effort to organize things by color for the picture and make it look nice. The girls organized it by owner and garment type so it's useful to them.
The "shoe shrine" was a very tight fit. We altered the plans to make the tower the full depth of the closet and boy howdy was it a pain to get it in. We actually had to *ahem* cut the top off and then put it back on once it was in place. So basically, if you're going for a tight fight, make sure you build in place to begin with.
Ana's plans were great. She does a great job of breaking things down step by step. I appreciate the cut list. It made putting together a cut plan for the plywood sheets really easy. It can be very easy with this tower to get the edges misaligned, so do be careful and build on a solid, flat surface so your front edge looks good and lines up. We don't own a pocket screw jig, so my husband took advantage of the fact that we were putting the edging up by putting screws on the ends of the boards under where the edging went. It made the tower very sturdy and we didn't have to fill any screw holes.
The girls are very happy with it and I do have to say that they are doing better picking up their shoes and getting them put away now. It's also a heck of a lot easier to find the pair they want to wear.