11.18.2013

REVEAL: DIY Custom Built-In Wardrobe Closet

This closet is the most complicated thing the husband has ever built. It's pretty amazing, I must say. I have no idea how he did it, but I'm so glad he did. The finished product is fantastic and amazingly functional. 

Thank goodness for YouTube videos and a keen mathematical mind, because he certainly has no formal carpentry training. And thank goodness he has a lot of patience because I would have given up the minute I realized angles and geometry were involved.

When we bought this house, we knew right away that the master closet situation wasn't going to work for us. We both have a lot of clothes and shoes, and there was only one small closet in the master bathroom. Plus we have learned that having separate closets is one of the keys to a healthy marriage!

Upon examining all of our options, we decided the best scenario was to do a built-in wardrobe closet for his clothes. We originally planned to use Ikea closets and place them on the flat wall in our room, but then I decided to make the project a lot harder by encouraging him to build the closets around the two windows in the room.

These pictures from the first time we toured the house help you get an idea of the layout. So instead of putting the closets on this wall with the bookshelves...


... we decided to build them around the windows on the opposite wall.


Why that wall? I figured that the window wall is the first thing people see when they walk in the room, and the custom built-ins would add some architectural interest to the room. I thought it might add some "wow" to a room with no special features at all. A master bedroom should feel fancier than the other bedrooms, right?

It all sounded so easy in my head. Then we started trying to figure out how to do it, and it immediately became complicated. The slanted ceiling was an added challenge, and the uneven floors didn't help anything. I sketched out ideas of what might work, and we finally settled on a plan.

The project started in June. He worked on it off and on, slowly chipping away whenever he had extra time. This past weekend we were finally able to enjoy the finished product! Because the actual "how-to" post about these closets is going to take me forever to write, I'm going to finish this post with a ton of photos of his new pride and joy. I'll be back later this week to break it down step by step! (Update: DIY: How to Build a Wall of Closets From Scratch)

Let's start off with some before/after shots, shall we? These are my favorite part. 

Before:
  

After:
DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

Before:

After:

The view from the bedroom doorway...

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

Here's what it looks like as we walk down the hallway to our room:

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

The view from the bed:

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

My husband is one of those super organized people. He likes everything in his place. (This is why we can't share a closet.) Since he was able to design these closets for himself, he used Ikea components to create the perfect setup for his clothes and shoes. 

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

He added a full-body mirror to the inside of this door at my request, since we don't have one in the entire house and I need to see if my shoes match my outfit. :)

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

Since the husband really loves his shoes, he made use of the skinny space outside the windows as the ideal shoe storage place. The one on the right holds athletic shoes, and the one on the left holds boots and dress shoes. 

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe

Each of the sections below the windows feature a hinged lid. You can lift up the top like a toy chest,  and that's where he stores his laundry. 

One more photo, just for good measure.   

DIY Custom Closet Built-In Wardrobe
I am so proud of my husband for staying with this project and making such a beautiful piece of carpentry for our room. The built-ins look better than I could have ever imagined. Yes, it was a long and tedious task, and sometimes he wanted to tear his hair out. But he stuck with it, and the finished product makes it all worth it! Now I can't wait to decorate the rest of the room...

Questions? Thoughts? Hit me up in the comments section, and I'll answer as quickly as I can.

Thanks for reading! 

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