I think every girl dreams of a big walk-in closet. Mine would have a wall for shoes, white built ins, and a chair to sit in. So, when I found a walk-in closet that took advantage of a sloped ceiling I thought our next project was destined to be this. After all, we could call it a birthday present.
We had talked about tapping into the unused area behind our bedroom for storage but never really explored the option.
Howard asked what the benefit would be to making a walk-in, besides my everlasting happiness, and my answer was that we could gain some wall space in the bedroom and take out some of the six existing closet doors. After we took them out to paint them they have always been a little wonky and uneven.
But before begging my husband to help with this new idea, I did take the time to measure and layout the space. What I quickly realized is that without moving an existing wall, I would only have 20 inches of space to walk. And moving the hanger rack to the wall closer to the bedroom didn’t work because it put the walking path more on the down slope which resulted in less headroom to walk.
I felt that 40 inches was a more comfortable width to maneuver in but this pushed the closet rod past the existing roof line. Granted, I was using some conservative measurements but this still didn’t look promising.
The possibility of adding built-ins was discussed when we first bought the house but with the ample closet space it wasn’t a priority. Now I’m realizing that the space could be more efficient. There is a lot of white space going on. And I spill over into the other bedroom closets with suits, special occasion dresses, and coats.
I keep my clothes relative organized and amuse myself by putting my sweaters in rainbow order once a year. But, my purses have become a mess and as a result, I don’t find myself changing bags often as I should because six will probably fall on my head if I try to take one down from the top shelf.
Working with the 120 inches of closet space, I developed two opportunities to organize. The first option keeps the exact same length of clothes storage by installing two bars the right side of the closet. On this side I keep skirts and pants. By dividing them, I could put skirts on the top and pants on the bottom. This arrangement would allow some hooks on the right wall for belts or scarves. These are currently hung on nails left by the last owners on either side walls.
The problem with this plan is that it doesn’t give a lot of flexibility for changing needs or for future owners because it is tailored to my specific needs for the number of shoes and handbags. So, enter option 2.
This option lowers the hangers but doubles the shelf space at the top of the closet. This results in less white space below the clothes. And allows the top shelves to be used for shirts, sweaters, jeans, and not just handbags. It does not give me an accessory area but I could install a rack in place of the existing nails for aesthetics.
While this was a fun exercise it doesn’t result in a drool-worthy closet, provide me with significantly more storage space, or increase the value of the house. So, I have to ask myself, is it really worth it?
What do you think? Do you love to have everything organized and within reach? Or are you just happy if the door can shut?