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Design Dilemma: Turning a Bedroom into a Closet

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Surely it’s a sign of the times when we find ourselves afflicted with far more things than space to store them all. In fact, that’s the case for many of us, who find ourselves overloaded with clothes, shoes, purses, and luggage. We may also happen to have a spare bedroom that remains empty most of the time. What’s the solution? How about turning that spare bedroom into an actual closet?

The plusses of this bold move are many. For one, turning an extra room into a walk-in closet can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. It may mean simply installing removable clothing caddies, or it may mean a complete overhaul with built-ins.

Here’s the simple version:

closet how to tips advice

And here’s what the fancy walk-in closet might look like:

contemporary closet how to tips advice

Another huge plus is that you are actually making a savvy use of space. If you have a guestroom and no guests, a home gym that rarely gets used, a home office that is unnecessary, due to the advent of the laptop, then turning that wasted space into a walk-in closet to store your goods and eliminate clutter in other parts of your home makes lots of sense.

And there’s one more huge advantage. You’ll actually be able to find your stuff! With easy access and great organization, you may find yourself less likely to buy more things you don’t need, since you can easily assess what you have. Just think how easy getting dressed would be in the closet below:

transitional closet how to tips advice

So what should you keep in mind if you’re thinking of creating your own walk-in closet?

1) Opt for a room with low light, if possible. A room with windows that receive bright sunlight could end up fading clothes. For that reason, you might opt to take only a portion of a room to create that closet, or you might opt for a hallway space, as you see below:

traditional closet how to tips advice

2) Consider whether you want a wall mounted or floor mounted system. Wall-mounted closets are affixed directly to the wall or hung from a rail mounted onto the wall. As you see below. They’re cheaper, and often combine coated-wire baskets and racks with hanging wood shelves for a contemporary and utilitarian look.

Floor-mounted closets are attached to the wall as well, but get most of their support from the floor.  Made of particle board panels covered with melanine, they can look like built-ins, and thus are more expensive, and traditional looking:

traditional closet how to tips advice

3) Take it beyond just the racks.

If you’re going to the trouble of converting a bedroom into a closet, go all out and think beyond just racks for hanging clothes. Consider shallow drawers for underwear, socks and belts; deeper drawers for sweaters and T-shirts; and open shelves for shoes and sweats. Throw in racks to hang ties or jewelry, and a shoe rack for shoes.

4) Consider LED shelf lighting.

LEDs use less electricity, produce less heat and can be surface mounted and plugged in, so they don’t require ceiling access.

Here’s what they look like:

contemporary closet how to tips advice

5. Do your research.

If you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to build a walk-in closet, make the most of it! Visit different stores, check out various systems, and plan, plan, plan. You can hire a closet company to design your system, or you can design it yourself.You can hire a contractor to build it, or do the work yourself. Expect to spend between $500 and $1,500 if you do it yourself. If you’re looking at something fancier, you can expect to spend between $1,500 and $8,000 for a medium-quality closet, and $8,000 to $12,000 (or more) for a higher-end closet with all the trimmings.

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