Many of us dream of having a large home with several rooms, including a master bedroom with a walk-in closet. Alas, it can be a challenge to find a home with everything you want in it. However, creating your own walk-in closet is possible with a little hard work and creativity. One great way to set up a walk-in closet on your own is with a handy closet organizer.
Are you thinking of transforming a small room next to your bedroom or to the entrance into a walk-in closet? If you already have a room or a large closet, you could install a closet organizer for a fraction of the price required by professionals. How is this possible? By doing the work yourself using ready to assemble closet organizers!
To install ready to assemble closet organizers, all you need is average carpentry skills and a few basic tools—a hammer, a level, a tape measure, and a set of screwdrivers. Ready to try it? Here is an overview of the procedure for choosing the closet organizer that is right for you.
Stimulating Your Creativity
Before measuring your space or analyzing your needs, you may want to generate as many ideas as possible to inspire you to create a walk-in closet that you will love for many years to come. These ideas can remain in the back of your mind for now, but when the time comes to match your space and your budget with what is offered, everything should fall into place easily.
To start collecting ideas, you can go on the Web and explore the following:
- Closet organizing tips and tricks
- Walk-in closet mood boards and designs
- Ideas for accessories, such as small benches or curtains
- Lighting solutions (ceiling lights, wall lamps, string lights, and more)
Make sure to bookmark or save anything you like so you can easily come back to it later when it comes time to design and decorate your walk-in closet.
Taking Stock of Your Situation
It is good to dream, but you also have to know how to get back to reality so you can respect your budget and, of course, the space you have available in your home. The first step is to measure the wardrobe or the room. Measure its length, width, and height.
It is generally accepted that the minimum dimensions for a walk-in closet are 64 square feet (6 square meters). Since you will have to enter the closet (otherwise, it is not a walk-in), you must also plan for a central space of at least 2 feet wide (60 cm). After all, you want to be able to walk in and out of your new closet with ease.
The second step is to look at what you have to put away and ask yourself a few questions:
- Do you prefer to fold or hang your clothes?
- Do you have long dresses and coats or only shirts?
- Do you have a collection of shoes and jewelry?
- Do you share the wardrobe?
All these factors must be taken into account when choosing a closet organizer. Some units come with a healthy mix of clothing rods, drawers, adjustable shelves, and storage cubbies to help you keep all of your clothing and accessories in order. By carefully taking stock of your wardrobe, you can be sure to purchase a closet organizer that is sure to meet your needs.
The last step—perhaps the least interesting but still vital—is to draw up your budget. You may not have the budget to get everything you want in your new closet right away, but with some careful planning, you can get a few essential pieces (such as your closet organizers) and add to your walk-in closet as the years go by.
Making a Wish List
Now that you have explored options you like and carefully measured your space and set up a budget, you can start closet organizer shopping.By returning to the websites you bookmarked, you may find a closet organizer kit to suit your needs. However, you do not have to limit yourself to the kits on offer: you can add storage units, rods, or even a central island if you have a lot of space. Let your creativity run wild. Sometimes it can be more cost-effective to buy one bundle, but if you find great deals, you can mix and match various pieces to truly customize your closet.
During your search, you can also include accessories that are not designed specifically for closets. If you have a small space left against a wall, why not add a narrow bookshelf? You could easily use your walk-in closet for more than one purpose and set up a tiny, private reading nook as well.
Putting Everything in Place
Once you have made your wish list, verify that the items you chose fit into the space provided for them. To this end, you can make a floor plan with masking tape. This will give you a better idea of how the space is to be used. Also, make sure that you have enough space to move around easily in the closet. You’ll only enjoy your walk-in closet if you feel comfortable and can move freely within it.
If you plan to install a central island, make sure you can get around it comfortably. You could even place a large box or chairs where the island will go in order to visualize the final result.
And now, with all the tools you need in hand, ready, set, go — give yourself the walk-in closet of your dreams! With everything planned and measured, it should be a breeze to install your new closet organizers, and it will be even more fun to finally put all of your clothes and accessories away in a nice, tidy space!