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Now that almost everyone is practicing "social distancing" for the Corona virus, it's a great time to do all the things you've been wanting to catch up on at home: cleaning out the dryer vents, vacuuming the refrigerator coils, and for a little more fun...
Spring-cleaning your closet!
Today we're sharing a project we finished shortly before it was time to stay home and #flattenthecurve. The same customers who had us build that beautiful gray entertainment center also needed a little help with their walk-in closet.
Before we got to work, the closet footprint felt very small - their dresser took up most of it - and the shelves were oddly laid out, with wasted corner space and higgledy-piggledy shelf heights. Worse, everything was made out of cheap, ugly, builder-grade particle board.
But the closet did have one advantage: a high ceiling. We just had to come up with a plan to use all of this vertical space to the best advantage.
After consulting with our clients, we determined that we could line the upper part of the closet with shelving and create an "attic" to store their off-season items.
Since that was going to be a lot of weight to hold up, our in-house designer specified sturdy steel brackets to ensure the shelves would stay solid even when heavily loaded.
On the right-hand side of the closet, we sacrificed just a little hanging space to accommodate a custom dresser that fits the floor plan a lot better. And with the big wooden dresser gone, there was space for hooks to hold purses and backpacks.
Last but not least, we made the upper shelves an inch and a half thick to keep them from bending. You could practically store an elephant up there... assuming it was a very patient elephant.
Back at the workshop, I was hanging out and having fun. Building simple shelves like these is kind of soothing: you don't have to do a lot of calculations or figuring, because all of those cuts will be done on site.
The end result looks fantastic. Can you believe this isn't styled AT ALL? This is just a quick snapshot of the closet in use. The homeowners said they had room for their entire wardrobe, with plenty of space left over.
While we were there, we also installed a quick update in their entryway... which is so small it's almost non-existent.
But look at what a little built-in bench can do... this little area is only sixteen inches deep and less than three feet wide, but it gives the homeowners a place to sit down and take off their shoes.
Add a little mirror overhead so you can check your look on the way out and presto! A handsome entryway.
If you've got spring cleaning on your mind, and your awkward storage space is driving you a little bit crazy, give us a call. We'll make it work for you.