The client had a couple of concerns and there were a few things that bothered me as well. She did not like their shoes on the floor but did not see any other solution. She also needed an area for costume jewelry, glasses and such. And the laundry basket was a big problem. She liked the way it functioned and the size and really wanted it to be the closet but she didn't like the looks of it.
|Problem: needs area for everyday jewelry & glasses, shoes on the floor; generally unhappy with closet!
|The problem: The laundry basket (to the left), the canvas bins for clothes, and the shoes on the floor.
I started with the husband's side of the closet and addressed the shoe issue first. There is just something like shoes all lined up in rows that makes me happy. Even though the shelves were 15" apart and non-adjustable I was pretty sure that I could make the shelves work for the shoes. But that would require that I take the canvas bins off and put those clothes somewhere else. If you have read this blog much you will know that I prefer drawers to shelves whenever possible so I tried to figure out a way to bring drawers into the closet.
|Shoes all lined up nicely, new bins for extra storage and an area to drop key, glasses, etc.
I purchased inexpensive shoe organizers from Target and placed them on the existing 15" shelves. There was a little space left over which worked perfect for the boots. It is not 'custom' but a great improvement! Each unit cost $10 so this was a $30 improvement. I selected the Malm 6-drawer chest from Ikea which fit perfectly in the space and gave ample drawer space for all the clothes that were on the shelves. The chest cost $149.00.
|New Malm dresser from Ikea and 2 new laundry bins from Target
|This side of the closet will have the same Ikea dresser added to it.
|Baskets from HomeGoods, canvas bins from Ikea.
The closet makeover was a big success as it was inexpensive, was done in one day, made the closet appear larger, gave them more room for clothes storage and looks pleasing. A couple of things that didn't get done due to time restraints was changing out the hangers to the slimline flocked hangers which will give them even more space and a uniform look to the hangers. You can see them here.
Are you inspired? Happy Monday!