Remember in Monday’s post when I was explaining how I never fully settled in and loved my office? Well, part of that problem was that the closet was a mess.
Case in point.
I had one shelf, a rod, a cube organizer, and a shoe organizer, PLUS stuff tucked into the corners. Terribly inefficient and not a great way to maximize the 66″ of space in this reach-in closet.
When making my plans, I thought about the room’s current AND future function. Currently, it’s a home office. In the future, it could be a second bedroom or a nursery (not anytime soon). In a pinch, it IS a second guest room since sometimes we have extended family during the holidays.
We ended up choosing to use this awesome closet system to upgrade our closet. I get overwhelmed when having to plan this sort of thing from scratch because I’m afraid I’ll miss something or not measure properly.
As you can see, I wanted plenty of shelves for bins since I wanted to store my craft/office supplies, but any bedroom closet needs a place to hang clothes, so I added in two rods for that. I absolutely knew I wanted a waist level sliding basket to hold my two crafting machines.
The accessories such as the telescoping rods and shelves really allow homeowners to customize a closet easily to fit their needs. No cutting or intense DIY skills/tools required. They also have kits for 4-8′ closets and 6-10′, and ALL the kits fit walk-in or reach-in closets like ours.
We installed the closet system the same day we bought it, and it took us about three hours from start to finish. The last hour or so was me moving my cute boxes and bins around to get the perfect look, so really the installation itself took about two hours.
The tools you’ll need for this project are:
- Power Drill
- Tape Measure
- Stud Finder
Step 1: Empty out your closet and remove any existing shelves/rods.
Step 2: Using a level, draw a horizontal line 86.5″ from the floor. Along that same line, use a stud finder and mark your stud locations with an “X”.
Step 3: Install the top rail 86.5″ from the floor using the line you just created. If your studs do not line up with the holes on the rail, use the included drywall anchors to install the rail. We lucked out with having three studs line-up and then we secured with two extra drywall anchors.
Step 4: Attach the FIRST support rail (you hook the top of the support onto the rail from step 3) on the left using the 6″ spacer included and fasten using a drywall anchor/screw on the hole on the bottom. During this step, you have to think about any accessories you’re going to install, such as my satin nickel sliding basket, because those require 22″ spacing, which we made sure to implement for rails 2 and 3. Rail 4 was attached where the stud was. Rubbermaid® includes a 22″ spacer to help with this process, which is SO helpful.
Step 5: At this point, you can install any extra accessories and your shelves, starting from top to bottom. We chose to install the sliding basket first after the initial top and side shelves to ensure our 22″ spacing was on point (it was!), and then I opened up our additional shelf kit and started putting together the closet with extra wide shelves I designed with the storage planner tool. If you don’t like a particular configuration you can easily move stuff around (I did…a lot).
What I love about this kit is that there is NO cutting. There are A and B labeled shelves that easily overlap one another, as seen below. The brackets are sturdy, and I think it’s overall a solid system.
While installation was easy, breezy, my favorite part was styling it all. Here are my top 3 tips for stylish, functional closet storage.
1.) Use old boxes and decorate them with washi tape or ribbon to fancy them up rather than spending money on expensive boxes or baskets. Most of the boxes in my closet are old perfume gift boxes or boxes from one of my monthly makeup subscription services. They look cute and they’re sturdy boxes.
2.) Mix and match. Keep your closet organized, yet beautiful, by mixing up bold colors with simple patterns. My colorful boxes look great when paired with simple black and white bins (that are all empty as of right now).
3.) Use your rods to hang items other than clothes. I have fabric hanging on one side, and I used a pants hanger to keep my craft mats flat and dust free. Use every inch of space with purpose.
The sliding basket is heaven sent. It’s so nice to have easy access to my two crafting machines.
Overall, this closet is ready for crafting AND summer guests, in a pinch.
And here’s the before and after- look at how much more spacious it is and it holds more stuff in the same amount of space. I may purchase additional accessories to add on a few more shelves for shoes and such towards the bottom. I love how custom you can make this closet.
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