It all started with an IKEA catalogue. Uh-oh, you can see where this is going!
The master bedroom at our house is just under 10 x 14 feet with no en suite bathroom or walk-in closet. There is a standard closet measuring 4.5 x 2 feet, and another closet with only half that space. (You can see in the above photo, on the right, that the bottom half of the closet is inaccessible – that part is being used by a front entrance closet a floor below!)
When Rom moved in, I had been using both closets and two dressers. I generously gave him the smaller closet and added another large dresser for his clothes. Fast forward 7 years and although I have pared my wardrobe by half, I was tired of navigating all that furniture and having no floor space.
I noticed in the recent IKEA catalogue that a lot of their bedrooms were shown with no closets, and often no dressers. Some of the rooms had hanging racks, and some had flat shelves for clothes (see photo above). I knew I couldn’t leave clothes on open shelving. Our heating source is in the hallway, so we have to keep the interior doors open for heat and air circulation. Therefore, the cats come and go from our room. I am scrupulous about keeping cat hair off my clothes, and could never allow them to turn shelves of my clothes into cat beds!
The other thing IKEA does, of course, is wardrobes (freestanding wardrobe closets). I gave a lot of thought to adding two wardrobe cabinets to the room. We don’t have an IKEA store locally (although one is on its way next year), but I looked around at comparable places. All of the wardrobes had a large area for hanging clothes, and we didn’t need any hanging space, just drawers and shelves. But doors were essential.
I could think of two options: metal cabinets with interior shelves of the kind used in offices and workshops
or pantry cupboards meant for kitchens. Or, I could buy wardrobes and have them modified, or get something custom built ($$).
I had all these ideas at the back of my mind for future reference when a sales flyer was delivered to the house last week and I saw just the right things. They were kitchen pantry cupboards with shelves and glass doors, only 12″ deep, suitable for any part of the house. So this weekend, we nabbed 2 and spent our time building flat-pack furniture and reorganizing our clothes.
Here is the result:
All of my clothes from both dressers fit into my cabinet (on the left) with room to spare. Now that I’ve done it, I wonder why I didn’t realize before that drawers are rather inefficient. They don’t take advantage of vertical space (and I can reach to the top of the 6 foot unit). Even if I had Marie Kondo’d all my stuff, the drawers would still have been crammed. Yet I gave a lot of space to items that didn’t need much:
Here are some close-ups of the shelves in use:
The only “spanner in the works” is that I no longer have a mirror or a flat surface to put things on. I don’t do make-up, but I like to have some jewellery and sentimental items on hand, so I will be finding a solution for a particular corner, and keeping it small.
Finally, here’s the floor plan layout. There is a 4 foot space between the closets and the bed, 3 feet at the end of the bed, and 3 feet between the bed and the new cabinets when their doors are closed. Cozy!
So that was my long weekend, indoors despite the beautiful weather, but at least some gardening got gardened and ice cream got eaten 🙂