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Project by LoopyLoom posted 05-01-2013 09:35 AM 1656 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the walk-in closet in my condo. Started with the standard closet design installed by the builder. The shelves began to fall in the corner so I knew I needed to stabilize them. Instead of a quick fix I oped to install more shelving and hanging room. I did not want to spend a small fortune building a floor to ceiling walk-in closet design, so I tried to make it simple and functional. In total cost I spent only $300. (shelves, paint, hanging rods, and new light fixture) I am considering putting in a barn door entrance and a modified shoe rack wall. I am very happy how it turned out but not more than my girlfriend. Now if I could only get a little more room for my clothes!

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 01:06 PM

Looks good! I like that you extended the top shelf in to the corner.

Something to think about – the barn door sticks out 2 or 3” from the wall which can make a small bedroom feel smaller, plus it it takes up 3 ft. of wall space on the side and it doesn’t seal well so dust is more likely to settle on your clothes.

I’m not sure what track you are looking at but, a client bought one that I installed, had crude hardware designed for a barn and was noisy. The wheels had oil on them too. Hopefully there is better hardware for you to choose.

The lady saw it in a magazine and fell in love with the idea, made me tear out the jam and a beautiful, matching, solid pine, six panel, pocket door and build a rustic barn wood door. Total cost -1800.00 – L + M.

It looked cool in her big bedroom but she ended up leaving it open because it was too awkward to use everyday. We stored the original door in the basement in case someone wants to change it back.

I’m not knocking your idea, just sharing an experience I had to give a little insight. It is a cool look though.

you do know… if you build a lady a shoe rack wall, she will fill it! Ha!

A big hearty welcome to lumberjocks! Your gonna like it here!

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 02:52 PM

My wife has been bugging me for something like this. I better not show her this. Very nice. Thanks for sharing…

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 08:47 PM

Nice closet setup. I am curious what paint-grade material you used.

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#4 posted 05-03-2013 03:38 PM

Great work on that pretty closet. Like the use of the corner space, you really maximize it.

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#5 posted 05-04-2013 07:06 AM

Thanks everyone! It was a fun project. Thanks for the advice on the barn door idea. The closet is in a hallway leading to the bathroom so I will not loose out on any bedroom space. The door would slide open to the right side of the closet entrance, where there is a 6’ wall to hold the track. Currently that wall is unoccupied, so a barn door would dress it up nice. I would love to put in a pocket door, but I do not want to tear open the wall. I used 15” bull nosed particle board for the shelves and mdf for the cleats.

I primed first, then painted with SW Pro Classic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel (Semi-Gloss). The paint was awesome; covered very well, no odor, and dried quickly with adequate working time.

I designed the closet on Google Sketchup. It allowed me to look at the design in 3D beforehand and made cutting everything very quick and easy. It is very easy to use and I would highly recommend it for any project.

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