Ever since we moved into our 1970s-era home, I've been cursing the folding track doors on our closets, but I wasn't quite sure what to do about their stubborn presence. Not only are they ugly, but because they never fully open, its hard to reach contents pushed into the back and the darkness prevents any real discovery of the closet's contents without a flashlight. Furthermore, the outdated organizing principle of the single clothes bar wastes valuable space and just isn't cutting it. Like a ray of sunshine, however, I have found a solution to my closet woes at a fabulous new blog, AestheticNest.com.
Even if you don't have space for a walk-in closet, AestheticNest.com shows us that you do not have to settle for anything less than true love for your closet. According to Anneliese, the fabulously creative mother of three and creator of AestheticNest.com, the secret is in utilizing ready-made kitchen components and framing them out to look like built-ins. By boldly tearing out her old closets and their menacing folding doors, Anneliese reclaimed valuable real estate for building a new and ingenious storage system.
In order to design a configuration that would accommodate her children's needs as they grew, Anneliese reimagined the storage friendly options found in her kitchen. For hanging clothes she chose tall kitchen cabinets. By adding double clothes rods she created easily accessible hanging space for little ones and, as they grow, she plans to remove the lower rod for longer clothes. As a base, she utilized 36" deep drawers designed for pots & pans, but equally wonderful for sweaters, toys, blankets, or shoes. Up top, the high shelves are great for displaying treasured and decorative items, but could also be outfitted with storage baskets. Although Anneliese chose classic white, any number cabinet finishes could be chosen to match your bedroom décor. (Closet Blog)
As far as the construction process goes, Anneliese hired a handyman to demolish the area around the folding doors (which hid lots of wasted space), install the kitchen components, and frame them out with trim. If you are handy and have the time, you could do the same with ready-to-assemble components from your local home store or IKEA. Thanks for the tips Anneliese! My husband now has his marching orders.
For more inspiration visit the gorgeous blog, AestheticNest.com, and stay tuned for an interview with Anneliese next month.
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