Just before the baby was born last September (and before I had the genius idea of an IKEA hack closet makeover) I was in a panic to get a closet system in his room. (You can read all about that, here.) After that, the baby’s closet was the nicest closet in the whole house and sometimes I would go in there, stand in the one room in the house that was organized, and bask in its glory.
We bought our home as a foreclosure. That meant we had no appliances, no bathroom mirrors and absolutely, completely, empty closets. No rods for hanging, no shelves in the pantry, NADA! (I totally just said “Nada” in James Spader’s voice from Pretty in Pink in my head)
That might not seem too overwhelming at first but there are 9 closets in this house and by the time we got done putting in all the appliances we normally take for granted and hanging mirrors so we could see to brush our teeth, the closets seemed really unimportant. Which is a shame because, in the end, they are so essential in the War on Clutter, especially in our oldest son’s room. But we were tired so the only treatment our closets got was two of those triangle brackets that oh-so-handily hold a rod and a shelf at the same time. They are also efficient at taking up so much space that you can’t put as many clothes on the rod as you should be to and you can only fit so many of them in a closet at a time. Then, you wind up with this…
Wow. That’s actually really embarrassing. Now you know two things: 1) Someone besides the baby needs a closet system and 2) I need to wash clothes.
Here’s the thing, the baby’s closet system set us back $700. At the time my desperation, and possibly my hormones, clouded my judgment. But this time there was no way I was spending that much – especially since he has two closets.
I’d read some where on the web about someone using EasyClosets.com to design their closet and then using the plan/measurements to do it themselves. Bingo! (Actually, EasyClosets.com is a very affordable option and had we bought the baby’s closet system from them we’d have probably saved some money!) But did we really have time for a DIY; to cut every piece of wood, pre-drill every hole and basically start from scratch? The answer is no for alot of reasons. Namely that I have way too many projects I want to do to spend an eternity on two closets and also because we’d probably never finish it. That’s when I met Billy…
First we added a small mdf panel to the bottoms of each bookshelf to make the notch, already in the back of the bookshelf, fit over our molding.
Click HERE for the Star Wars themed big boy room these closets for designed for.
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