Master Bedroom Closet Storage

Our house was a foreclosure and the bank that took it over did a lot of work to fix it up. All the walls had a fresh coat of paint and a new kitchen was put in. Unfortunately, one thing that was not done was our closets. All three bedroom closets were naked…empty…devoid of the standard rods and shelves you usually find in most closets. I wasn’t too worried about the guest room closets, but I knew that we would need to do the master closet pretty directly after moving in, because I didn’t have a dresser to put my clothes in. To me, besides installing central air conditioning, this was one of the first jobs we needed to do.

Making the most out of a small master bedroom closet using a store-bought closet kit. | chatfieldcourt.comIt’s not a walk-in, and it’s definitely not huge but we knew that we could do something that would fit all my clothes. We talked about building a unit from scratch, but my husband’s table saw was being stored somewhere else until we had space for it and he would need it to make shelves.

Maximizing closet storage with a store-bought kit | I started researching closet systems and they seemed to cost more than we wanted to spend (or I should say, more than my husband wanted to spend) and then we checked out Lowes to look at pre-made shelving. My husband wanted to get those coated wire shelves, but I’m not crazy about them. I wanted white wooden shelves, a couple of drawers and some rods for hanging clothes. We ended up finding a closet kit on clearance for $150 and brought it home. It wasn’t white, like I wanted, but it was the right size at a good price.

We opened it up and took all the parts and pieces out. When my husband saw all of the bolts and screws all neatly packaged and labeled, he was very impressed. The wood pieces for the closet were also labeled well. He read the thorough instructions and figured it would take a couple of hours to do.

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The closet kit came with two shelves across the top of the closet, then a hanging rod for dresses and longer items, that would be connected to a tower of shelves with a drawer, and on the other side of the tower would be two hanging rods for shorter clothes.

We ended up having to build a base for the tower to get it above the wall trim so it would sit flush against the wall. We could have cut the trim out but we risked messing up the wall and making it a bigger job.

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I will spare you the blow-by-blow, but it was a difficult job. There were a lot of parts and to make it sturdy we had to make some modifications. Getting the top shelves to fit the walls was hard too. A couple hour job ended up taking….8 hours (cough, cough). Not easy, and my husband was not happy during the process, but I was happy to finally have a home for my clothes. He did say that if he would have built a unit from scratch it would have taken much longer.

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We ended up putting one of the top shelves lower than the tower so that I could store my hat boxes.

I only ended up with one drawer but it is deep and wide enough for all of my socks and undergarments. The kit came with two adjustable shelves and a few panels to make a shoe box, but I have a large closet by the front door that all of my shoes fit into, so I didn’t need the shoe storage. We bought some shelf pegs and I used the panels to make a couple of extra shelves. I also added a couple of the Command hooks, that I love, to hang my pjs and sweats on.

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My new and improved closet isn’t perfectly styled, but here it is with all of my winter clothes. I used Rubbermaid bins to store my purses and summer shorts and tops. Baskets would look prettier but I wanted something that kept dirt and bugs out. My bathing suites and winter gloves, scarves and hats found a home in my nightstand.

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I even have some extra space. To keep it that way I make sure I go through my clothes each season when I switch them out. Items that haven’t been worn in a while get donated. When you have small spaces you need to keep clutter and unnecessary, or unworn, stuff to a minimum.

Do you sort through your clothes once a year or do you like to hold onto things for a while? What are your tips for small closet storage?

You can also check out a few other master bedroom posts.

Giving a small master bedroom a makeover by adding crown molding and painting the walls, trim and ceiling. | chatfielldcourt

Master Bedroom Reveal

Adding interest to a master bedroom by installing crown molding. |

Installing Crown Molding 


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  1. Julie T
    Friday,January 31, 2014 / 8:54 am

    I think your closet turned out beautiful. The closet in our old house looks to be about the same size. I think I need to try doing something like this in mine. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 31, 2014 / 10:41 am

      Thanks so much, Julie! I appreciate your visit.

  2. Saturday,February 1, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    I love how organized this is. I did not know that ‘Banks’ do that much work. You are lucky.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,February 2, 2014 / 12:46 am

      Thanks Linda. Yes, we were very surprised that the bank did all the work that they did. Still lots to do but we feel very lucky. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Wednesday,February 12, 2014 / 12:05 am

    I think it turned out great. I know it was not me building it, but eight hours does not seem bad for such an amazing result. And $150! That is fantastic!

    I desperately need to organize my closet. I am the most disorganized person I know.


    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 12, 2014 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks Jenni. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. My do-it-all husband was a little embarrassed that a “easy” project took so long. LOL I am really happy with it, and he did a great job, so I don’t care that it took so long. Sometimes I can be too organized, to the dismay of my husband. I think he sometimes wishes that I was disorganized once in a while. 😉

  4. Thursday,February 13, 2014 / 2:54 am

    This is super nice. Yeah I am still working on, wait scratch that I haven’t even attempted to fix the wall where I had to take the trim out. I like that the closet organizer is like a piece of furniture.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 13, 2014 / 9:17 pm

      That’s what my husband was afraid of Heather, that he would spend more time fixing the wall when he had so many projects already.;) I liked the furniture aspect of the organizer too. I just didn’t want wire shelves this time around. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. Wednesday,February 19, 2014 / 9:25 am

    I love this so much that I featured it this morning at Work it Wednesday – hop over to grab your button if you have the chance. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 19, 2014 / 10:57 am

      Thanks Krista! I am heading over to see you right now.

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