Now it's time to talk about how he did it!
When we came up with the initial idea, the first thing we did was go to Ikea to look at their closet systems. I'd seen a ton of great Ikea closet hacks online, so I was hopeful we could use their pieces to create something semi-custom. A quick look at the price tag and the Pax dimensions squashed that idea quickly! They weren't going to fit our space, and they weren't going to fit our budget either.
Once we knew we couldn't afford to buy an entire Ikea closet system, we decided to build around some of the interior components they offer. The husband is obsessed with these Komplement pants hangers (we had them in our other house, too), so we started our entire design based on those dimensions so they would fit perfectly.
There was a lot of sketching involved. I looked in his notebook and found all of these drawings – some by him, some by me – as we tried to figure out exactly what configuration would fit perfectly. It took us some time to finally figure out the best use of the space using the weird dimensions of the Ikea drawers and pants hangers.
Then I must have been bored because I even busted out my colored pencils! As you can see, things have changed a little bit from our original plan.
Before I get any further, here are the supplies:
• 3/4 inch MDF (for the base cabinets)
• 1/2 inch MDF (for the doors, trim, detail work)
• 2x4 boards (to frame out the base)
• 1/2 inch overlay hinges
• Liberty Steel Bar cabinet hardware in a variety of lengths (so affordable!)
• Ikea Komplement pants hangers
• Ikea Komplement wire drawers
• Ikea Komplement glass shelf
• Wooden closet dowel rods
• Paint color: Pure White by Sherwin Williams
He quickly realized our wall wasn't straight, which (of course) complicated things. Then we had to factor in the angles of the ceiling, which meant my math teacher husband actually had to use the Pythagorean Theorem in real life. I can just see him talking to his class of 9th graders: "Yes, you will have to use this someday. In fact, I just used this exact theorem to build cabinets in my own house. Take that!"
I think I'm going to let the photos do the talking from here on out. Warning: Here come A LOT of pictures. And you can tell that I really took the time to clean up the room nicely during each one. Ha, yeah right! (Some of these are phone pics and some are on my nicer camera– whatever was handiest at the moment. Please forgive the inconsistencies between each one!)
Here we go, in chronological order (starting with a photo from when we initially toured the house).
Phew. I'm exhausted just looking at it.