Closet System Thoughts?

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Submitted by TeCKis300 on January 1, 2021 - 10:39pm

Looking for input on remodeling our master closet. What better forum I thought than you all. I'm looking to do this as a DIY. Closet is roughly 14.5' x 8.5'

Floorstanding or wallmount?

What system?

Any other words of advice?

Thanks!

Submitted by phaster on January 2, 2021 - 1:40pm.

kinda faced a similar DYI dilemma what to do about all the closets in my own home which was built in the late 1920's

the closets from what I've seen of the era were pretty basic, a top shelf and a wooden dowel (FWIW all my rentals were also built around the same time period)

in my rentals when the units were remodeled, installed "shelf track" on all the studs (in the closets) so it gives tenants the option of customizing the closet to their needs

https://www.homedepot.com/s/closet%2520made?

as for a master closet,... in my own home I've got some built-in library shelving cabinets in the bed room(s) and a built in linen cabinet in a hall way area so to keep everything looking the same knew this required some cabinet building

first thing I did was take a few field drips to ikea to get an idea of what I wanted (design element wise)

ikea stuff is made out of particle board which does not last but the showroom was a good place to get hands on ideas

for all the bedroom in my house opted for floor standing cabinet of two basic designs (one wide w/ drawers & adjustable shelves AND one narrow w/ out drawers & adjustable shelves - which can be used to store items like shoes)

the reason I designed two basic cabinet sizes is because this arrangement gives me the option to mix and match cabinets for all the bedroom closets in the house (once I install the basic cabinet elements in the closets I then just cut shelving and closet rod to size as needed)

all my cabinets are built out of birch plywood (which purchased from TH&H) and they also have all the accessories like fancy looking chrome closet rod, drawer slides, lights, etc

www.balticbirch.com

www.th-h.com

one other place to get all the details of your closet done right is stop by rockler in Kearney Mesa (which is close by TH&H)

www.rockler.com

in the end all the bedroom closets in my house look very period BUT have a very modern adjustable desin element and will last because everything is built out of birch plywood

built the cabinets using pocket screw joints, but found out things can be just a hair off,... to get things just alined "spot on" bought a festool domino tool AND use now use pocket screws to clamp things together using Titebond III

https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-an...

last tip, the only place I've wallmount cabinets in in my laundry room, this is because I wanted to be able to sweep and mop the floor (even w/ French cleat, its not as secure or simple as something floor standing)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFvced0deZ8

Submitted by an on January 2, 2021 - 5:40pm.

I love Elfa from the Container Store. Great quality and extremely configurable and very DIY. I started w/ 1 and now have all my closets with Elfa and they all are different because of different needs for each of the room. You can reconfigure it very easily too as your needs change as well.

Submitted by TeCKis300 on January 3, 2021 - 7:09pm.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely give them consideration as I peruse.

Looks like many systems are going to lower profile wallmount types rather than the full on floorstyle cabinets. I'm warming up to the idea of that and leave some more leeway for flexibility of use.

Submitted by ucodegen on January 4, 2021 - 3:05am.

phaster wrote:

all my cabinets are built out of birch plywood (which purchased from TH&H) and they also have all the accessories like fancy looking chrome closet rod, drawer slides, lights, etc
...
in the end all the bedroom closets in my house look very period BUT have a very modern adjustable desin element and will last because everything is built out of birch plywood

built the cabinets using pocket screw joints, but found out things can be just a hair off,... to get things just alined "spot on" bought a festool domino tool AND use now use pocket screws to clamp things together using Titebond III


Sounds like you do some of your own finish carpentry. I put myself through college doing rough and finish carpentry. I do kind of miss it, though I don't intend to do it for income anymore. The world has changed. I can't yet get back to it as a 'hobby' - too much junk in the garage right now, which is something that has got to change.

Submitted by barnaby33 on January 4, 2021 - 11:36am.

I have all Elfa Shelving. It's modular easy to install and good enough. Plus right now it's 30% off.
Josh

Submitted by gzz on January 4, 2021 - 5:10pm.

My master has a full wall of recessed closet with shelving and rods with no door. I think it makes the room look bigger and avoids the hassle of sliding a door open and close.

The house came that way and now I like it. There are tracks for a sliding door, but I won’t ever add one.

In my rental condo, I replaced a sliding door with a mirror sliding door and like it a lot.

I also put in a long shelf one foot below the ceiling. My old dorm had this and I loved how it let the room be cleaned easily by moving clutter overhead, and taking up no floor space.

Something like this:

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/6d/f5/18/...

Submitted by phaster on January 7, 2021 - 12:02pm.

ucodegen wrote:

Sounds like you do some of your own finish carpentry. I put myself through college doing rough and finish carpentry. I do kind of miss it, though I don't intend to do it for income anymore. The world has changed. I can't yet get back to it as a 'hobby' - too much junk in the garage right now, which is something that has got to change.

given I own a number of older properties have out of necessity had to order custom shaper bits to create "old school" stucco molding, the modern stuff in stock at places like dixieline just does not work because its smaller overall,.. think of modern stuff like the ubiquitous 2x4 which is not a full dimension lumber because it finished (contrast that w/ an old school 2x4 is rough "full dimensional")

also years ago happened to find myself in a high end cabinet shop

https://berkeleymills.com

this sorta planted the idea that I could design and build cabinets and some furniture for my home

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