Take 3: Closet Case

Always ready to serve, the humble closet has so much potential as a design element. Ready to ditch those drab “builder’s special” closet doors? Dabble has three stylishly innovative solutions to give your entrance closet the welcome attention it deserves.

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Photography by Simon Burn

ONE:

Bold Barn
Who knew anything labelled “barn” could be so sleek and modern? This industrial stainless steel barn door provides simple sliding closet access. Backpainted glass offers a gentle glow from reflecting sunlight and sultry sparkle at night.

Dabble Savvy: Tempered glass is heavy. To accommodate the weight load, it’s critical to provide appropriate blocking (support) inside walls.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

TWO:

Ditch the Doors
Who says there has to be a closet in the foyer? This quick and easy update takes the entry from blah to BLAM. Remove the original doors and add a bench, providing a soft landing for changing shoes. We’ve added hooks on either side of the alcove to flaunt seasonal necessities.

Dabble Savvy: If you require storage, swap out the bench for a 3-drawer chest or even an armoire.

Design Tip: Choose a highly patterned rug for an entry to hide everyday dirt.Instead of art, try a large floor mirror behind the bench to give the illusion of more space.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

THREE:

Perfect Portrait
Create an elegant entrance by backing tempered glass doors with a black and white image on vinyl film. The high contrast between black walls and photographic doors puts this focal point in sharp focus.

Dabble Savvy: For traditional spaces, search architectural salvage shops for interesting and original doors as an alternative to glass.

 

Reality Check: Custom Closet

Step 1: Assess Your Needs
Personal clothing preferences and knowledge of the precise way you love to get dressed —socks and pants first, top last —paves the way to successful closet design. A passion for wool sweaters requires abundant shelving space while an obsession with dress shirts signals a need for additional double height hanging.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 2: Aim High
Take advantage of every square inch of available closet space and build floor to ceiling cabinetry. Labelling boxes or bins with content details makes the hunt for that once-a-year Derby hat a breeze, even if it’s on a top shelf.

Step 3: Deep and Wide
Varying shelving depths maximizes space and function. Hanging storage requires 26″ of depth while shelves for folded items are best when limited to 16″. If you are updating or changing closets, it’s a good idea to measure the existing linear footage of hanging space and adjust accordingly. If possible, allow an additional 12″ for anticipated shopping sprees and door crasher sales.

Step 4: Beware—Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Misplaced workout gear? No more excuses. If you can’t see it, you won’t wear it, so position popular items at eye level for easy access and store offseason pieces up high. Open storage is essential for keeping tabs on a frequently changing wardrobe.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 5: Light it Up
Natural light in a closet is ideal, allowing you to distinguish between black and blue socks before heading out the door. When a window or skylight is not an option, invest in a quality lighting plan to eliminate the dreaded ‘dressed in the dark’ look.

Step 6: Measure Up
Put that tape measure to work and note lengths and depths of items to store. For example, men’s dress shirts require a minimum height of 40″ and long dresses generally need 70″-72″. Shoe sizes vary, but a minimum depth of 11″ is ideal.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 7: Adjust as Needed
Seasons change, and so does fashion. Thank goodness for adjustable shelves that offer the flexibility to store boots and flip-flops without wasting space.

Step 8: Take Stock
Purge seasonally to weed out clothing not worn during the past year. Donate gently used items, and consign finer pieces, to gain closet space and peace of mind.

Photography by Lori Andrews

Photography by Lori Andrews

 

Step 9: Group Like Items
Relieve early morning frustration by stacking and hanging like items together. Colour coordinating facilitates quick location of favourite items and keeps the closet neat and stylish looking. Remember, an organized closet means easier outfit planning.

Step 10: Hang It Up
Prolong the life of garments by using appropriate hangers. Use padded ones for delicate items, plastic for dress shirts, and sturdy wooden hangers for jackets and blazers.

A Tailor-Made Closet

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Suit up for a tailor-made closet, says interior designer Nyla Free. A customized wardrobe offers pride of place to your favourite little black dress and all those shoes your husbbie says you don’t need.

Read the entire article ‘Reality Check – Custom Closet’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.