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.
It’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.