Anyone who has an older home knows the frustration of lacking closet space. The 1927 beauty that we purchased last summer (has it really been almost a year??) has a surprising number of closets for an older home, but they are all ridiculous shapes and sizes.
This is my husband’s bedroom closet (meaning we have separate closets…not separate bedrooms!). It is very narrow, but deep. The original organization system only had the one bar for hanging things (which is the only thing he uses his closet for) and the assembly was pretty sketch. Yes, that is a piece of spare hardwood flooring holding up the top shelf. And no, I did not photoshop the colors onto the electrical outlet. What, you don’t have random turquoise and black outlets hanging out in your closet?
Our main objective was to be able to fit more hanging clothes in the closet, while also re-painting and updating it aesthetically. Did I mention we didn’t want to spend a lot of money? Considering that’s usually the reason one DIYs anything, I figure that’s a given. We looked into several closet organization systems and while the cost was often prohibitive, the biggest problem was that almost none of them even fit anyway! Designed for modern dimensions apparently…
Before installing anything new, though, we had to rip out the old! Yummy. Honestly, I don’t think I had even realized we would HAVE to re-paint until we took out the old shelving and saw…well, what you see in these pictures. That turned out to be a blessing, though, because I was able to test run a paint color that I’ve been contemplating for some of the larger rooms of our house. The color was a winner, by the way, so eventually we’ll be using a lot more of it in the rest of the house.
I thought the walls and trim were already white, until I painted the trim! So much more fresh and clean. 🙂
Ta da! Of course it is hard to get the coloring and lighting right inside the closet, but the walls are a cool, off-white clay color with bright white trim. I also painted the ceiling of the closet the same color as the walls since it was such a small space and I really like how it turned out.
For the organization system, we finally came across IKEA’s Algot system. It was PERFECT for our small, non-modern closet. The only parts you mount are on the back wall, so it doesn’t matter if your closet is a weird (or uneven!) width. There are many options for various widths and heights, plus lots of different organization pieces to include depending on how you want to use your closet. I don’t have the exact total of everything we bought, but various pieces ranged from $2-$8. Love it! The system was straightforward to install and, except for the vertical rails screwed into the wall, completely adjustable, if we decide to rearrange this closet later.
Sorry for the shady pics. It is a tiny closet, after all. Also, isn’t it awesome how I can line up a picture squarely with the top of the door frame and then be totally off center for the rest of the door? “Plumb” didn’t exist when my house was built.
So pretty! Thomas’ closet is definitely the most put-together “room” in the house.
SO MUCH MORE HANGING SPACE!! Now he can fit all of his clothes in the closet (except for t-shirts, shorts, and underthings). Everything is easily within reach and visible, plus we can always pop out the rods and shelves if we want to switch things up.
Does your house have an awkward closet? How do you make the most of its space?