If your current home lacks adequate closet space, then you probably know how it feels when you want to just store a few things, but you have nowhere to put them. On the other hand, it seems that the lack of storage area may also have a negative impact on your property’s desirability and that is why it’s worth making sure that sooner or later you’re going to consider investing in additional closets.
This is especially the case if you want to sell your home for a good price and have the peace of mind that you’re going to find a buyer fast. Most of the times, it seems that building a walk-in closet in a master bedroom can easily fix the storage space issue, but how can you go about building it?
Well, there a few basic steps you should follow when building one, but in case you’d be in any doubt that building a closet is within your abilities, take a look at this funny video and continue reading.
Where to find an appropriate closet space?
One of the first things you should consider when it comes to adding a closet to your home is checking to see whether you have an extra bedroom that can be converted to a walk-in closet or not. If you don’t, then don’t worry about it, since you can also consider turning an neighboring room or alcove into a walk-in closet. How can you do that? Well, all you need to consider is framing walls to border it and lastly, all you have to do is add a door.
However, if you have a bedroom that features an open door plan, creating the space for your closet means you’ll have to consider framing bigger walls. Depending on several details, such as the projected size of your walk-in closet and the size of the master bedroom, it’s possible that you need to consider borrowing space from an adjacent room.
If this is the case, then you need to get in touch with a well reputed and experienced contractor to help you out with completing the project. For those who want to create a completely new area for their closet, they should give some thought to the kind of doors they’d like to get. To give the walk-in closet a luxurious feel, you can go for French doors, but solid doors are also a good idea.
What are your storage choices?
After you’ve framed out or chose the area for your closet, you’ll need to give some thought to the kind of storage you’d like constructed into your room. For storing clothing with hangers for instance, it’s recommended that you add 2-3 areas with rods at different heights, but you should also not limit yourself to this specific type of storage.
You can consider making some shelves that will be built into the walls and be used for storing jeans, sweaters and other similar items. On top of that, you should also include a section of drawers which is certainly going to be useful for storing small items like socks and underwear. Lastly, it’s recommended that you also add storage for shoes, like a series of slanted shelves or cubbies.
What type of flooring should you consider?
Closets are generally utilitarian spaces, but this doesn’t mean that you cannot turn them into luxurious spaces. The overall feel and look of the closet is directly influenced by the type of flooring you choose and if you want to give the area an elegant and warm feel, then a hardwood floor is perfect for this purpose.
And while dark wood such as cherry and mahogany provides a masculine and sophisticated feel, you can also use oak and maple in order to brighten the walk-in closet.
Recommended ventilation and light fixtures
To protect your wardrobe and make sure that the walk-in locker is comfortable, proper ventilation and lighting are essential. Therefore, you should carefully choose the fixtures you want to use in it and make sure to hire a contractor or electrician to wire the walk-in for lighting.
For a luxurious look, you can go with a statement fixture, such as a pendant light or a chandelier for the middle of the closet. However, you have to make sure that your closet lighting type complies with local building code requirements.
In case you’re using a converted bedroom with a window, you can make use of sunlight. Just make sure to use blinds or curtains though, since natural light can and will damage and fade your clothing. In terms of proper ventilation, a window will help, yet dedicated heating or cooling vents are a lot better for circulating air.