How to Build a Small Bedroom Closet

We’re just singing the summertime blues here. Not only is the weather hot, dry and miserable here, our powder room andย small bedroom closet is at a standstill.

The good news, though, is that the brand new small bedroom closet has taken shape since my last post. We are slowly making progress so I wanted to share where we were and why the construction has stopped.

Just a few short weeks ago, this is how the guest bedroom closet looked. It was just your standard closet with bifold doors.

Small bedroom closet turns into a small powder room.

We’ve wanted to add another bathroom since we moved in and this space seemed to make the most sense. With almost all the decisions made, construction began.

We gutted the closet and started the powder room addition by framing out a doorway and adding new electric.

Framing and electrical done for small powder room addition.

Wood planks, a DIY vanity, sink, faucet, mirror and lighting were added to finish one side of the powder room. The plumbing for the toilet will take some work so we stopped the powder room construction and started on the new bedroom closet.

Finished area of small powder room build, including a DIY vanity, mirror, sink and lighting.

Although it’s a small area, a lot of thought and planning went into creating both spaces. We knew that if we were going to turn the closet into a powder room, we would have to carve out space for a small bedroom closet. Our house only has 3 closets, one in each bedroom, so for storage sake (and resale), we knew we needed to add one back.

A previous homeowner added the closet (now powder room) in this room, so it was bigger than the other bedroom closets. It also had a weird dead area in the corner next to the doorway. Since it wasn’t good for much of anything, we thought it would be a perfect place for the closet.

Taking an unusable corner and turning it into a small bedroom closet.

It will be smaller than the one that was in this room, but it will still have a good amount of storage.

Adding a small closet next to the bedroom door.

We debated about where we should put the wall and decided to take it almost to the entry door trim. In a small space every inch counts, and we needed as much space in the closet as possible.

We framed out the closet and ran the electrical wiring. We had to relocate the switch for the bedroom ceiling light and we added a light and switch inside the closet. A small bedroom closet doesn’t really need a light, but it didn’t cost much to add one.

Framing out the small bedroom closet next to the powder room.

Once the framing was done, we added the sheetrock and spackled all the holes. The hubs and I can do a lot of things but spackling is not something that either of us can do well. It takes a ton of practice to do it well, and neither one of us like it enough to practice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Framing and sheetrock complete on small closet in a guest bedroom.

With the spackling and sanding finally complete, it was time to decide on trim options for both doorways. This has been a struggle because we can’t decide what we want to do. We talked about matching the 70 year old trim but we have a few ideas for both doors and the trim is just too big.

To sum it all up…trim. A decision on what trim to use has halted construction. Lame I know, but as soon as we work it out, we’ll move onto the next issue…doors.

Bedroom closet and powder room framed and ready for paint.

We have a few ideas about what we want to do but we need to make sure everything works together and looks good. Once we figure it out, we’ll get back at it.

We have to do it soon…

I’m so tired of the mess and dust of construction. It looks like a bomb has gone off in almost every room. Funny how it spreads around the whole house.

No pretty pictures to end with today but we’re working on it. We’re definitely making progress and it’s exciting to see it turn into a whole new space. If you want to check out behind the scenes during construction, you can follow along on Instagram. I usually share what’s happening on IG stories daily.

Hope you have a great week!

Thanks for following along with us!


Check out the beginning stages of construction and the powder room details and progress.





  1. Tuesday,July 25, 2017 / 11:25 am

    I know what you mean. I am still dealing with the hated mini blinds because I can’t decide on window treatments. I just love your little bathroom, especially the sink area. Have a great week Kristi.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 26, 2017 / 2:12 am

      Some decor decisions just take time. It’s so frustrating but I’d rather be sure (or 90% sure ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) than waste money and be unhappy with how it looks. You’ll find the right window treatment. I know you will. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hope the rest of your week is good!

  2. Kaycee
    Tuesday,July 25, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Kristi, all is looking great! Like you, I take my time when choosing things to get it right the first time. Sometimes walking away for a bit really helps to clear the head, especially during the dog days of summer !

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 26, 2017 / 2:16 am

      Thanks Kaycee! Yes, I’d rather be sure than hurry and be unhappy after it’s done (I would drive the hubs crazy until it was fixed). ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I appreciate your visit. Hope you’re enjoying your summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Pat M.
    Tuesday,July 25, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    You are so right when you say you have to be sure about your trim decision. To me, trim is like jewelry to an outfit – it can make or break it. Your bathroom and closet are great additions to your home. Such a difference for your guests (and you) to have the privacy of an additional bathroom. Really smart planning on you and your husband’s part. Can’t wait to see it all finished.
    I also know about the terrible construction dust. Last week I had new laminate floors laid in all except the bedrooms of my house and that laminate dust. is. everywhere. My garage, where the floor guy used his saw, is even worse. It will take me days and days to get my home back to normal. That dust is in every nook and cranny, high and low. It’s very hot here and the constant air conditioning carried it throughout the house. Yikes….

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 27, 2017 / 3:44 am

      Construction dust is the worst. It usually takes a long time to get it all up. On the other hand, getting new floors is exciting. I’m sure it will all be worth it in the end.

      Thanks so much for stopping in Pat. We’re excited to see how the powder room and closet turn out. Hopefully they’re as nice as I envisioned.

  4. Jillian
    Tuesday,July 25, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    It takes me forever to make decisions in places that are permanent…years, sometimes! I hate expensive regrets, and there are a few things I would do differently, for sure. Same with pricey upholstered pieces, I usually buy custom made pieces so it took me several years to make a commitment to a couch…but we do love the one we finally found. You are doing a great job and are so creative with your space. I really like all you have done. It is good to share the process with us as it is not ‘snap and you’re done’ on most projects. There are often delays for many reasons. It took three months to put in our kitchen. I was ready to bang my head on the floor by the time everyone cleared out…I was thinking, “Oh, this will go fast, everything is here, three weeks, four max” Ha. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 27, 2017 / 3:51 am

      I am the same way about making decisions, Jillian. I don’t want to regret it and waste money so it’s sometimes difficult to get past that to decide on something. When we did our kitchen in Illinois, it was really tough. A kitchen doesn’t get a remodel often so we had to be certain with our choices. Definitely the toughest thing we’ve done. Three months sounds awesome to me, ours took 14 months. I know what you mean about wanting it done though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks so much for your visit and for your kind words about our home. I truly appreciate it.

  5. Julie
    Tuesday,July 25, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    This looks great! What a great use of space, It will be so worth it in the end. Take your time and think about it. It will usually come to you if you take a step back.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 26, 2017 / 2:47 am

      Thanks so much Julie! I think once we get over this hump we’ll be good (hopefully I didn’t just jinx it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

      So glad you stopped in to visit. Hope the rest of your week is a good one.

  6. Rose
    Wednesday,July 26, 2017 / 1:47 am

    Kristi, I admire you and hubs for tackling such a big project. I watch some tiny house shows. Both closet and powder room are next to each other, so how about a sliding barn door. When the powder room isn’t in use, it covers the closet. When in the powder room the door slides to close the powder room but then exposes the closet. Just a thought.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 26, 2017 / 1:55 am

      Ha, you are one smart cookie Rose. We know what we’re going to do as far as the doors (you’re on the right track ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), it’s just a matter of getting the trim to fit with the doors and with the trim in the rest of the room. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Wednesday,July 26, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I am so impressed by your use of space. Seriously, you have a ton of vision and it’s all looking great. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 27, 2017 / 3:53 am

      Thanks so much Kim! It’s been a test of patience with this tiny space. I just hope it turns out the way I see it in my head. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Saturday,July 29, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Oh my, you guys nailed THS project. I love, love, and more love it all. WOW!

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 31, 2017 / 1:15 am

      Thanks so much Ivory! It’s coming along and I’m excited to see how it all turns out. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you for following along!

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