Every time I see a picture of a closet like this, I think of Sex In The City, the movie. When Big presents Carrie with her new walk in closet, and swoon. That’s love right there. The closet to beat all closets. It’s just about every woman’s fantasy to have a big beautiful, organized closet. Full of gorgeous clothes, shoes and accessories. Now, back in reality land, most of our closets wont look like that, exactly. Let’s discuss how to create the perfect custom closet space for you. There are 5 key elements when designing a closet.
Lets get the dirty stuff out of the way first. We all have a budget, small or big, to go by. For the sake of this discussion, I’m going to cater to those with a more, shall we say, first season Carrie budget. For those of you with the large, Big type, budget, the world is your oyster. Have at it. Okay, budget. There are some great options out there, to create a very nice looking custom closet. For instance, Home Depot carries the Martha Stewart collection. With 3 different wood finish options and lots of different pieces to choose from, you can really put together something nice for a very reasonable price. For those with a smaller budget, take a look at their Closet Maid line. Also, Ikea has a very budget friendly line.
Needs vs Wants
While trying to plan out your closet space it is important to determine your needs from your wants. Wanting a floor to ceiling section of shoe racks and needing only half of that. Currently, there are 2 closets in my master bedroom. In order to get my husband to agree to redo the walk in closet I had to agree to let him move out of the standard reach-in closet and share my walk-in. It was a tough call, trust me. So, my needs and wants have definitely shifted. I now need to make room for his stuff which means utilizing my half correctly and putting in ample rod space and shelving. While I may have originally wanted hamper bins built in, it makes more sense to utilize that space for clothing storage.
Now that you’ll be rearranging your closet space, now is a good time to take inventory of what you have. For me this was the perfect opportunity to do my yearly donation pull. I have a strict 12 month policy on the items in my closet. If I haven’t used it in the past 12 months, it gets donated. While doing this I get a good idea of the space I need and what type of storage I will need, be it hanging, shelves, or drawers. All of my workout gear and swimsuits are currently in a 3 drawer plastic bin in my closet. These items deserve a real home. In nice drawers, don’t you think?
Measure Twice, Order Once
Like any DIY project, when ordering custom items it is very important to measure your space multiple times to ensure you are only ordering once. Measure each wall and from floor to ceiling. The great thing about a lot of the closet system companies is you can plan it all out on their website. Enter in each dimension and plug in the pieces you want to make sure it will all fit and work as you want it to. Play around with it, and try a few different configurations. This option is available on the Home Depot website as well, for each of the brands offered.
Don’t Forget The Little Things
This may seem silly and obvious but the little things will make a big difference. For instance, hangers, storage boxes, tie racks, etc. You’ve got the brand new gorgeous closet, the last thing you want to do is hang up your clothes on mismatching hangers. Invest in some velvet covered hangers, all the same color. Make sure to get the accessories hangers (for ties, belts, scarves etc). Also, for the small items, store them in nice canvas boxes, in coordinating colors. You can find all of these items for reasonably cheap. Here are some options: