Remodeling an outdated, cramped closet can feel like a daunting task, but with some planning and elbow grease, you can transform it into an organizational dream. From custom built-ins to DIY solutions, there are many options to renovate your closet to suit your storage needs and style. We’ll walk you through everything you need to consider when renovating a walk-in closet, a reach-in closet, or a compact space, from measuring the space to choosing materials to installing organizers. With an organized closet, you’ll gain back valuable time getting ready in the morning and have peace of mind knowing exactly where to find what you need.
What is a Closet Remodel?
A closet remodel involves revamping your existing closet space to better meet your storage needs and personal style. This can range from simple organizational changes to a complete overhaul, which may include adding new shelving, rods, drawers, and sometimes even altering the closet’s structure.
Why Remodel Your Closet?
- Increased Storage Space: A well-planned remodel can maximize the closet space, making room for more items.
- Enhanced Organization: With better organization tools like dividers, bins, and drawers, finding and storing items becomes more efficient.
- Aesthetic Appeal: A remodeled closet can significantly improve the look and feel of your bedroom.
- Increased Home Value: A functional and visually appealing closet adds value to your home.
How To Remodel A Closet: Step-By-Step Guide
Assessing Your Current Closet Situation
Before ripping everything out, take stock of what you’re working with. Evaluate the existing layout, storage options, and what’s currently working and not working.
- How much hanging space and shelf space is there? Measure the height, depth and width. Account for sloped ceilings or awkward angles.
- What’s currently stored in the closet? Clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, kids toys?
- What doesn’t have a home and causes clutter?
- Can you access all areas easily? Are there frustrating dead spaces?
- What’s your closet layout wish list? Drawers, shelves, rods, a place for shoes or bags?
Be honest about what you really need to store and what can be donated, put in another closet or guest room, or tucked into underbed storage. This purge will give you a blank slate to work with.
Designing Your New Closet Layout
Sketch out a rough layout of your available closet space including the interior dimensions, doors, windows and existing built-ins. Mark areas where you tend to pile things or lose storage due to awkward corners or sloping ceilings. Then brainstorm the ideal layout and storage solutions. Consider features like:
- Hanging rods: Determine how much hanging space you need for dresses, suits, coats and other longer garments. Install double hanging rods to double your space, safely structuring them to handle the weight with supportive standards and brackets.
- Shelving: Take advantage of vertical space with shelves for folded clothing, sweaters, shoes and accessories. Measure for tall wardrobe units, corner shelving or simply wall-mounted shelves bracketed into wall studs.
- Drawers: Custom drawers build valuable storage for undergarments, socks and other accessories. Chests of drawers can stand on the floor or be built into the framework.
- Specialized storage: Build in specialty compartments adjusted to your needs like:
- Shoe racks or cubbies
- Tie, belt and accessory organizers
- Pull-out trays for small items
- Drawer organizers and dividers
- Hampers for dirty laundry
- Jewelry storage like hanging hooks, mounted displays or drawers
- Files for garment care instructions, receipts or paperwork
- Personalization: Add personal touches like wallpaper, color, or lighting to make the space more inviting.
Take inspiration from closet organization systems and home improvement stores. Or if you need expert guidance, consider hiring an interior designer or professional organizer to help maximize the layout for your closet design.
Choosing Materials and Fixtures
The materials you choose for shelving, hardware and fixtures impacts how the space looks and functions.
- Wire shelving offers visibility and breathability for air flow but shows clutter. Go for stainless steel or powder-coated metals over chrome.
- Solid shelving hides contents and gives a built-in custom look. Melamine, wood composites or hardwoods like oak or cedar provide durable options.
- Hanging rods should be straight, sturdy and adjustable. Stainless steel has a modern appeal while hardwood matches traditional closets.
- Drawer glides bring moveable storage space. Look for soft-closing full extension glides for maximum access.
- Closet doors can update the look of existing closets or conceal open shelving. Opt for unfolding doors, curtains or sliding barn doors to save space.
Don’t overlook small yet impactful organizational tools like shelves, drawers and hanging rods to keep clutter under control.
Installing New Closet Organizers
Once you’ve prepped your blank canvas of a closet space, it’s time to build out the organizational systems you’ve designed. Follow these steps for installing closet organizers:
- Map placement: Mark with painter’s tape where interior walls, hanging rods and leaning shelves will go based on your plans. Account for room needed to slide drawers or doors open without obstruction.
- Build framework: Construct a sturdy frame anchored securely into wall studs for building out custom closet systems to handle hanging rods, shelving and cabinetry. Use 2x4s or 2x2s for framing.
- Hang rods: Determine the best height for double hanging rods based on the lengths of clothing to store, keeping shorter items within easy reach. Typically the first rod sits at around 5 feet high. Use robust support anchors rated for weight of clothing that will hang.
- Install shelves: Again measure and mark at desired heights before fastening into wall studs or vertical supports. Ensure shelves are level. Consider finishing with shelf liner to prevent slippage.
- Add hardware: Insert drawer glides and rods into cabinetry framework where needed. Attach handles or knobs to doors and drawers. Top-mount sliding doors to avoid taking up floor space.
- Insert accessories: Screw specialty organizational accessories like jewelry displays, tie racks and shoe holders into place.
Finally, anchor freestanding storage like wardrobes, shelves or dressers into wall studs for safety. Start loading your refreshed closet with smartly organized clothing and accessories!
Advanced Closet Remodel Tips
Incorporating Space-Saving Solutions
- Use Pull-Out Racks: These are great for maximizing space and accessibility.
- Install Valet Hooks: Useful for planning outfits or temporary storage.
- Add Slide-Out Racks: Ideal for hard-to-reach areas.
Do-It-Yourself vs Hiring a Professional
If the idea of all this construction seems daunting, consider hiring a professional closet installer or using a modular closet system that simplifies the process. Custom closet companies have the expertise to perfectly fit the available space with customized shelving, cabinets and drawers for optimal use.
Going the DIY route with modular closet kits allows customization at lower cost, without professional installation. Track the construction process and you can tackle adding organizational elements like slide-out tie and belt racks or jewelry holders one project at a time. Shop closet organizer systems at home improvement stores or online retailers.
Balance your budget, skill level and how involved you want to get when deciding between DIY and custom closet installers. Professionals tackle the heavy lifting but add significant expense. DIY systems require some construction know-how for precise measuring and leveling without guaranteeing a flawless finished product.
Maintaining Closet Organization
Once your new and improved closet system looks picture perfect, don’t let organization slip over time. Set aside occasional time to edit clothing items, donating unused pieces and repurposing storage solutions if needed. Check for clutter-catching gaps and use baskets or bins to neatly corral stray accessories, undergarments or travel items prone to messiness. When everything has an assigned spot, maintaining organization is smooth sailing.
Remodeling your bedroom closet can be a rewarding project that not only adds functionality but also enhances the overall aesthetic of your bedroom. With the right design approach and materials, you can transform an awkward, cramped closet into a spacious sanctuary showcasing all your favorite fashion pieces and accessories. Use these steps to start assessing your current space, designing the layout, selecting fixtures and materials and tackling new construction. Soon you’ll have a closet as functional and fabulous as it looks, keeping daily outfit prep frustration-free.
If you need help remodeling your closet or your whole bedroom, contact Pinnacle Building Group right away!