When we first bought our 1930 bungalow (read all about that spontaneous, insane decision here), our first order of business was to re-design the existing floor plan.
The original layout was all sorts of dysfunctional. For example, the living room was located in the front of the house while the kitchen and dining area in the very back.
One of our more drastic modifications was converting the former kitchen into an en-suite master bathroom. We also re-designed the adjoining laundry room to be a walk-in master closet. (Click here for the complete “before” and “after” of our floor plan to get a better sense of the reconfigurations.)
An en-suite bathroom and a walk-in closet?! You can imagine my excitement.
The closet was not a huge space by any means. But that fact didn’t stop me from saving hundreds of extravagant closet ideas on Pinterest. Delusion and first-time-homeowner optimism at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.
Our Master Closet: The Before
Long story short, we’re coming up on two years in this house, and suffice it to say the master closet situation is less-than-thrilling. As you’re about to see for yourself, there is a good reason the closet never makes it to my Instagram feed – or the blog, for that matter.
With more pressing projects taking priority, the master closet was put on hold. As a temporary solution, however, we set up two portable clothing racks – the bigger one for me (obviously) and the smaller one for the husband. A storage bench housed all of our unmentionables, and that was as far as we’d gone to make this space somewhat functional. Needless to say, it was always a total mess.
Brainstorming Our Options
I previously worked with the brand on Mila’s built-in closet, and when offered the chance to make over another closet, I – of course – agreed.
We quickly ruled out the SpaceCreations product line (a custom, built-in wood option) because of the awkward slanted ceilings in the master closet – a fact that left me oh-so-very-sad, because there went all my master closet dreams… But ClosetMaid reassured me that the ShelfTrack line (an adjustable wire shelving system) offered plenty of customization, too. What’s more, it was perfect for odd-shaped spaces.
I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome – and think you will be too!
The Design Process
But before I share the highly anticipated “after” images, let’s talk about the process of designing a ShelfTrack closet with ClosetMaid. After I unveiled Mila’s closet last year, I received lots of questions, like: “How does the design process work? Do you order everything online? Do you install it yourself?” So if you’re in the market for a master closet makeover, you’ll find the next part useful.
You have two options when it comes to designing a custom closet with ClosetMaid:
- If you’re using the SpaceCreations line, ClosetMaid offers a free design tool; simply enter your space dimensions and receive a recommended design. Then customize, save and order.
- If you’re more of a “do-it-for-me” homeowner, or you’re using the ShelfTrack line, then a ClosetMaid authorized dealer can manage every step from design to installation, which is then backed by a lifetime Free Replacement Policy. You can locate an authorized dealer by visiting ClosetMaid.
In our case, the design process went something like this: I sent our dimensions to ClosetMaid, and they took care of the rest. After a quick phone call where we discussed our closet needs (i.e. Do we need shoe storage? Long or short hanging space – or both? What about shelves or drawers?), the ClosetMaid designers got to work.
Below is just two of the 12 pages of the design. The document included five 3-D views of the closet from different angles, five plan pages with all measurements necessary for us to install it ourselves, a master list of all included products, and a calculated cuts list so we would know how much each part needs to be cut.
Then, a round of minor revisions, and the closet parts were on their way to me. The entire process couldn’t have been more simple.
Our Master Closet: The After
And now, feast your eyes on the newly re-designed space. It makes my OCD heart oh-so-happy.
We have long hanging space, double hanging space, shoe storage, plenty of shelving, drawers, even an over-the-door tie and belt rack. A much better use of space, wouldn’t you agree?
A closet renovation is the perfect opportunity to get rid of clothes you don’t need, which is exactly what we did. Once the closet was installed, and we began organizing our newly streamlined wardrobe, we realized we had a lot more space than needed.
Versatility is one of the bonuses of a ShelfTrack system: you can easily shift pieces around as your storage needs change. You’ll notice the closet configuration below is slightly different from the one above.
Now, I’d love to hear from you: Have you ever DIY’ed a closet makeover? What – if anything – would you change about your current closet situation?
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