This weekend we finished one of the last “major” projects in the nursery: THE CLOSET.
For a good-sized house, our closets totally suck (except for the closets in our bedroom. Those are awesome.) The other bedroom closets are just small and inconvenient for storage. We jam-pack the closets in our spare bedrooms now, but that won’t fly once there’s a baby in the house.
We obviously weren’t going to make the nursery closet any larger, so we had to get creative to come up with extra storage space. After hours of hard work (mostly from Cory) I can say I am very pleased with the results!
In case any of you are dealing with a similar first world struggle of small closets, I wanted to share a quick tutorial on how we added more space.
Step 1: Find Your Baskets
Step 2: Gut the Closet
For us, this meant taking out the obnoxious wire shelf.
Step 3: Tape + Paint
We taped the trim molding on the floor, then used a roller to paint the walls, including the ceiling. We only needed one coat of paint, and the color we used is Creamsicle from Valspar (quart size.)
Step 4: Cut + Paint Plywood
Step 4a: The Cuts
- The cut of the bottom shelf is the full depth of the closet.
- The cuts of cubbies for the smaller baskets are obviously based on the size of the baskets you choose; but, they’re held together with wood glue and Brad nails.
- Cut 1 inch ledger boards (used to attach the top shelf to the wall) 1 inch shorter than the length of the shelf.
- The cut of the top shelf is half the depth of the closet.
Step 5: Hang the Clothing Rod
We bought our clothing rod from Lowe’s, but I don’t recall the exact type. You can buy something like this at a hardware store or Target.
Voila! There you have it: custom shelving for a pesky, small closet. We’re looking forward to filling the baskets with all things baby in just a few short weeks!!