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This closet we are building in our upstairs loft is starting to really come together. We are very close to being done and it will be great to have all this extra storage space.
Here’s the last installment of this home building project – we are very close to being done.
Basically, all we need are two more brackets and the flooring – finally this job is coming to a close.
Have you read the first and second part of this building project about how to build a closet?
You may want to check those out and then come back to this one.
The left side of the closet is all done. There is lots of space for all of our hanging clothes. I’ve got the space fairly shared.
I get at least 3/4 and Graham gets slightly under 1/4 of the space. Sounds fair to me.
Customizing the loft closet space
We were able to get started on the right side closet. I had to spend some time figuring out what we wanted to store there.
Then we would have to work the closet shelf measurements around that list.
Here is our list of storage needs. We needed a place for all of these things.
- hats and scarves
- shoe storage
- cowboy boot storage
- luggage storage
- out of season clothing overflow
Take the time to really think about your personal needs when it comes to designing your closet.
Adjustable shelving helps so much when you build a closet, it was a given we would be using it.
Don’t forget to think about the weight of whatever you want to put on the shelves.
Maybe you need an extra shelving track – you can’t go wrong with putting in another one.
How we customized our closet with shelving
Graham started by screwing a 1 x 4 pine board into the drywall at the studs. This board will help to support the shelf brackets.
Use a stud finder and make sure these boards are secured firmly. They will be holding all the weight.
Now it’s time to figure out where to put the shelving tracks. You may want to put in more tracks than we did.
It would depend on the weight of what you want to store on the shelves.
If you are going to build a closet, make sure you have figured out the variables for what you want to store.
We spray painted white brackets with a pewter coloured spray paint.
The white ones were far cheaper than the pewter ones at the store, so we bought white and sprayed them.
You can see Graham still has his tools in there. That didn’t stop me from arranging some of my shoes.
I’m happy with the way it is all turning out. Underneath the bottom shelf is room for our weekender bags and cowboy boots.
We’ll make shelves for the right side of this closet too – we’re going to customize the height to hold my handbags.
A hanger for belts and scarves will go in the front corners and I think that will be it.
It is so nice to be able to finally organize and put away things. And the glass doors will keep everything dust free.
I would love to have a huge customized walk in closet, but I am very happy with these two closets.
Hopefully this project has spurred you on to build a closet to give you more storage space.
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