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Bedroom Renovation Part 1 – Closet

Bedroom Renovation Part 1 – Closet

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Thisentryis part 1 of 6 in the series Bedroom Renovation

A little while back I decided it was time to redo my room. I call it a “renovation” however it’s more like a redesign or redecorating. Some Background: You see, the TV’s we have in our house are quite old. We have one of the first Sony Colour Trinitron TV’s from way back, in fact this TV is older than I am. As a result the TV doesn’t really go above channel 35 and as a result I miss out on some channels which are part of our cable package one of which is the Home & Garden Network. Sometime last year they re-numbered some of the channels and as a result HGTV is now on 29. All the home reno shows simply made me realize how simple and relatively inexpensive you can do things if you do them yourself.

So last ::wikipedia(Canada Day, Canada Day):: I decided to embark on redoing the closet. My closet simply sucked as you’ll see.

First of all my closet initially started out with the common wire-mesh type shelves. On top of that the previous owners did a pretty bad job of installing it, with it being unlevel and not using drywall anchors for the screws. I wanted a closet that made use of the space better as well as had more lighting, since my room light didn’t illuminate it too well. So here it is a post with all the details.

Tools used: screwdriver, pencil, drill, level, tape measure, stud finder (optional), rotary tool (optional)
Materials: Rubbermaid 7-piece closet kit ($39), Home Depot Laminate Shelf ($9.99), Ikea NON Spotlights ($14.99)

InitiallySo initially this is what my closet looked like. A wimpy wire frame closet with a horrible layout. There wasn’t much room for anything. The only thing that was useful about it was the shelf running the entire length of the closet. The way the shelving unit was set up the closet was split in half. On the left hand side there was room to hang a row of shirts above and pants below. The middle shelf could only accomodate one layer of folded clothes if you hung your shirts above. The right hand side basically ran from the floor to the ceiling to accomodate longer clothing items. Being a guy I don’t really have much clothing that runs that length. However, I do possess quite a few items that are 3/4 length.

Clear out old closetSo the first thing to do is to remove all the clothing from the closet along with unscrewing the old shelving units. Now there’s a clean slate to work with.

Holes So in my case the previous owners didn’t use any drywall anchors and as a result it appears that they attempted a few times to attach the same shelf. You’ll want to make sure you use anchors so your shelves don’t pull out of the wall with all the weight of your clothing. If you want at this point in time you might want to fill in or patch the holes. For me and the layout of my new shelving it’ll be covered up by the new hardware.

closet4.JPG So in my case I was going for budget and functional space. So when I saw this Rubbermaid set on sale for $39 CAD I decided it would be perfect. Problem was when I got to the store it was sold out. There was also another couple there looking for the same set and they were already engaged in a conversation with the sales guy about checking other locations. I being a punk, sneakily listened in on the convo. Apparently there was 1 more left at another location, however being a sale item could not be held. So I quickly departed before this couple in order to snatch it 🙂

Measure and Mark So once you have your closet layout figured out, you’ll want to measure, plan, and mark out exactly where you’ll need to fasten and mount things. If you have a stud finder it makes it handy to find good places to fasten screws, otherwise that’s what the drywall anchors are for (so you can place your screws anywhere). For my layout it just so happens that a few of the locations match up with studs. For those interested this Rubbermaid set includes everything you need including the drywall anchors.

The Pieces The next part was to assemble the centre shelving unit. This “7-piece” set, essentially consisted of 3 rods, 3 blocks of wood that the rods get mounted to first before being mounted to the wall, and the centre unit. So assembly is fairly straight foreward. I’ll end up with a little more room since the shelf extends higher than my prior top shelf.

Shelf & Rods Using white plastic L-brackets the centre unit gets secured to the wall. In this case I was able to place screws directly into the stud for the left side and I utilized anchors for the right. Next you’ll want to measure out the placement of the rods. The instructions that came with this organizer gave all the typical measurements. So making sure my markings were level, I first mounted the wood blocks to the walls, which helps distribute the pressure and weight evenly from the rod. Once that was taken care of, it was easy to just snap the rods in place.

Testing Lights

I had initially thought of using the spot lights to illuminate a compartment of the centre unit, however that would not provide the most efficient use of the light. I found that my room light cast a mediocre amount of light on the contents of my closet. However with me standing in front of the closet only the bottom would be lit well enough for me to discern dark colours. So I decided to mount the lights on either side of the centre unit. The top shelf was put in place and rests upon the centre shelf and the two blocks of wood that the rods are attached to. I first temporarily affixed them to the shelf and brought back some clothes to make sure the lights didn’t interfere.

Mounting the lights I had positioned my centre unit off to the left side of the closet to provide more two tiered hanging room. So instead of having the lights evenly spaced out between the entire length of the closet, I centred them between the edge of the shelving unit and the wall. The wiring I ran along the underside of the top shelf and upon reaching the wall I snaked it up behind the shelf so that they ended up on top of the shelf.

Lights on Since these lights are not direct wire lights, I had to run the wires along the top shelf to hide the wires. The wires then run to the side wall where I then snaked them across and down the inside frame of the closet door. After plugging the lights into their special transformer (They’re actually 12v lights), I plugged them in to test them out. Now normally to provide more general lighting you would probably use flood instead of spot lights. However in my case, combined with the small amount of room light it was sufficient (not to mention I already had these lights lying around from before).

Wire Baskets I also had these wire baskets lying around from before. Which I had accounted for when laying out my closet. So for these baskets they just stack on top of each other and are not mounted to anything. This provides further room for me to toss various items like socks and pajamas into.

So far Thus far this is how the closet is startng to look. I replaced some of the clothing just to make sure everything lines up properly before going farther. Now for the wire baskets just sitting there was a little ugly. So I added a few more (4 total) which brought it up to a reasonable height. After which to help secure it in place I utilized the support rod from the wire frame closet set and threaded it through the wires of the basket.

Wire Hybrid After which I used my rotary tool with a cut-off disc to cut in half the wire shelf I had previously. Make sure if you’re doing something similar to cut on the side that will be placed up against the wall to avoid any metal burs from knicking your clothes. After the shelf was cut I attached the mounting brackets for the wire shelf and used the shelf to cap off the top of the baskets and to keep the support rod in place.

TrinketsTop ShelfThe top shelf before provided far more room at the top of the closet than was necessary. Since I mainly store boxes at the top this higher shelf utilizes more of the space in the closet, whilst I still have plenty of room for my boxes. The centre unit now provides ample space for various folded clothing, my knick knacks and accessories.

End Now this is how it all looks with everything replaced in the closet. A definite improvement over how it previously was that’s for sure. Although I still have some clothes occupying another closet in the house, I don’t think it’s all that bad considering the physical size of my closet. Now the next thing on the list is to figure out how to organize my ties better so that they’re easier to pick.

Well that was a fun little project, it took me the long weekend to put together but I’m sure it can be done in a solid day or less if you’re better prepared.

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