As many of you already know, one of our first items that we wanted to have done before moving in was expanding the size of our closet. Not because it was the highest priority, but because it involved breaking down walls which would affect our hardwood floors. Since we were redoing the hardwood floors along with the kitchen, we figured it would be best to do the closet too otherwise you would see the funky line in the closet where the wall used to be and that just wouldn’t be acceptable. So, we proceeded to have it expanded to take over half of the guest closet and now it’s L-shaped.
We had NO idea how to organize a funky shaped closet so we decided to research companies that did free designs. The first company, EasyClosets.com designs beautiful (and very expensive) closets and will do it for free. So, we measured the closet, submitted our dimensions along with our “wish list” (aka we want X inches of space for long hang, we have X amount of shoes, etc.) and they got back to us with a design the following day. It wasn’t that impressive and was way too expensive so we looked at a few more options.
Since I’ve always loved The Container Store, we decided to stop by there and see what they had to offer. After wandering the store a bit, a lady approached us and offered a tour of their example closets and then a free design. She said that at the end of the tour, the attendees of the tour would be thrown into a raffle to win a $25 gift card and, turns out, we were the only 2 attendees so we automatically won! Yay for us!
She did the free design and we loved what she came up with, not to mention it was 1/2 the price of EasyClosets so that was also a plus. We ordered the supplies from them, picked it up (which saved us the delivery fee), and then scheduled a time for them to install it. If you have a standard closet size, it’s fairly easy to install it yourself but since our closet is a funky shape and size, they recommended we have the professionals handle it because the materials needed to be custom cut.
Here’s what the closet looked like before the sliding doors were added and the Elfa closet. Notice the beautiful white walls that Lauren and I painted.
On Monday afternoon, the closet installation guy came over and transformed our closet. It looks sooo amazing and is SO functional. We absolutely love it. There are 3 shoe racks, one of which can fit 9 pairs of heels that pull out like drawers. I’m obsessed! All of our hanging clothes fit in there perfectly so now we just need to figure out what to do with all of our folded clothes. 🙂
|View with the right sliding door open|
|View with the left sliding door open|
|Of course, my heels had to go in first 🙂
These open up like drawers and the top shelf can hold 9 heels, the lower shelves can hold 4-6 pairs.