Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components

Are you craving a new custom closet, but trying to work within a budget? Consider combining new and existing components to get the closet of your dreams.

This post is sponsored by Wood Closet Designs, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

My daughter and son-in-law recently built an addition to their home, to make room for Baby #2 arriving soon.

Their home is a wonderful 50s ranch that they had already renovated considerably. One thing it didn’t have though, was a primary suite. Just one bathroom on the main floor for a family of four to share wasn’t ideal.

The new addition doubled the size of their kitchen and added an ensuite bathroom and a large walk-in closet.

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components
The newly added primary closet.

My son-in-law was previously keeping his clothes in the small third-bedroom closet, but with another baby about to claim that room in a few weeks, that just wasn’t going to work anymore.

Fortunately, their new custom closet is huge, with plenty of room for them both to store their clothing.

In order to customize this very large closet, they used the digital closet builder from Wood Closet Designs to create some new, made-to-order components that were crafted to fit around some of their existing pieces. This is a great way to maximize the budget and still create a gorgeous custom closet.

Custom Closet Design

Closet Builder

The back wall of the closet design includes a double hang unit and one for long hanging. It also includes a unit for each of them with drawers and shelves.

Installing modules 3 and 4 much further to the right left just enough room for the placement of their existing dressers in the gap. Bonus: Moving the dressers to the closet gave them more room in their bedroom!

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components

The opposing wall consists of more double-hang units from Wood Closet Design, plus a linen closet.

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components

Installation

The closet was shipped directly to the house in about four weeks. All of the hardware that we needed for the installation was included.

closet hardware

Hanger Cleats and Side Panels

My son-in-law owns a fancy laser level that he used to install the hanger cleat, but it’s not required. When we installed our custom closets from Wood Closet Designs, we just used a regular level and blue painter’s tape.

(My son-in-law is a pro, but this closet is easy enough to install that even novices like my husband and I handled ours with no trouble.)

The notches in the side panels are suspended on the hanger cleat.

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Next, it was time to install the tops and bottoms of the units. The included cam locks were gently tapped into the holes with a rubber mallet.

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components

Drawers and Shelves

The drawer slides easily attach to the side panels with the included screws. Detailed instructions are included so it’s easy to know exactly where to place them.

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Each time we install one of these closets, I’m impressed with the quality. The drawers come already assembled with the hardware attached. Plus, look at that dovetail construction.

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components
Recording some measurements for us. 🙂

Once the drawer slides were installed, all we had to do was slide the ready-made drawers right in!

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My daughter selected the crescent drawer pulls in satin nickel, but there are several other options to choose from as well.

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components
Our assistant had her own set of tools.

Custom Closet with New and Existing Components

My favorite tiny helper is going to give you a tour of the finished custom closet. Step right in.

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components

Wall C = New and Existing Pieces

This is “Wall C” from the diagram. It contains 4 units from Wood Closet Designs, installed on both sides of their own dressers. This is a great way to keep costs down and reuse pieces you already own.

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components
Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components

Wall E = All New Units

Below is “Wall E” from the diagrams. It contains two double-hang units and a linen closet, all from Wood Closet Designs.

Create a Custom Closet by Combining New and Existing Components

Pre-construction, there was no dedicated linen closet in their home, so sheets and towels had to be stored in the hallway coat closet. Now, the new primary bathroom has a closet for towels, so sheets and blankets can be stored in this linen closet.

linen closet

If you have a large walk-in closet like this, a linen closet module is such a great idea.

Storage is a struggle for many of us, especially families with kids. A unit like this can be used for many different storage needs; bulk items like toilet paper & paper towels, cleaning supplies, winter coats & boots, craft supplies, games and puzzles….

Wall B = Simple Wire Shoe Racks

shoe racks

This is the short wall at the end of the closet, and it has a window above. To stay within the budget, my daughter and son-in-law elected to install simple wire shoe racks here.

If your existing closet already contains this type of shelving, it can be cut down to fit as needed.

Wall A = Door & Mirror

Wall A is to the left as you enter the closet. It’s difficult to install any shelving here because of the door placement. To make the most of the space, my daughter purchased this wall mirror that serves double-duty to store jewelry! It works perfectly here.

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Easy Future Upgrades

If a completely new closet isn’t within your budget right at the moment, you can still create a beautiful custom closet and keep costs down by combining new and existing components.

Plus, since closets from Wood Closet Designs come as individual units, you can always go back and add more pieces later as your budget allows.

A custom closet that blends new and existing components is a great way to upgrade your closet without breaking the bank. 🙂

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