Out of the Closet!
Closet built-ins: the next best thing to your bedroom
Less is more
A closet renovation is part of a bigger renovation. You can be quite creative with closet built-ins when you’re dealing with a framed closet. You’ve got a bit of space inside that framed space; you’re limited as to what you can create inside a framed area.
When you’re dealing with closet built-ins, built-in cabinetry, you can create whatever you want…a hamper and pull-out drawers and roll out shelves and shoe shelves and jewellery drawers; there’s a lot of things you can do when you’re creating them in the actual space where the framing used to be. Whereas when you’re dealing with a framed-out room, you’re limited to the amount of space you can use.
If you’ve got a wall of cabinetry that’s 50cm (20in) deep, but 3m (10ft) wide, you utilise that space more than if you had a walk-in closet where you can walk into it, because you’re so limited with a walk-in closet, with which walls you can build your cabinetry on.
In a bedroom, you can use up this one wall of cabinetry and it could be everything from drawers to pull-outs, and I do a lot of these exteriors inside the cabinet; I do a lot of these hooks, where you can hang your next day’s clothing on the outside of the unit and people like that because they wear suits or they’re used to dressing up everyday; they like to prepare the night before.
[Closet built-ins] add to the value of the home because they’re aesthetically pleasing. They’re like furniture in terms of the quality and the finish but also because of functionality. It makes more sense. You’re able to do a lot more. I’m doing a unit right now, a cabinetry unit, that is an electric fireplace with a TV above it surrounded by pantry-style cabinets for clothing and a make-up area and a desk area in one bedroom, so there’s lots of different concepts.
Maximise the model
If the house is small, when you have two bedrooms back-to-back, I’ve taken out the wall in-between the two bedrooms and the closets and put in built-in cabinetry, so the built-in cabinetry ends up being double-sided. The space gets engineered much better when it’s created by cabinetry, as opposed to being a space that you gotta walk into, [so both bedrooms] have their own wall of cabinetry on either side.
Money & Materials
[My clients] tend to use either an MDF cabinet material or solid wood, depending on the look they’re after. [With] built-in cabinetry, it’s endless. You can run from a minimum practical system to something that’s very extensive, it really depends on personal preference. Sometimes, it’s cost-prohibitive, depending on what the budget is.
Space is a premium. I have taken houses in the area [Midtown] and they’re very small homes, and sometimes they’re semis and they’re very limited, and I’ve taken out all the closets and put in the front entry closet, and I’ve created a cabinet with a little bench, for putting on your shoes, wrapped around it.
Generally, clients find the benefit of saving space in
a lot of smaller homes these days.