It was one coat too many, and my closet rack finally gave way under the weight. I needed to find a better way to organize my coat closet. Here’s what we did and another recommendation for lighting up this (likely) dark space in your home.
Yes, this light-obsessed decorator has another light suggestion for you. 😉
In October I tried to stuff one more coat into our coat closet and it finally broke. I’m just happy it didn’t all come down on top of me.
I immediately called a local closet company and was told the earliest I’d have a new closet system was approximately two months.
Then I called my good friend Jan Romanuk.
She told me her contractor Kelyn Archer (who also renovated my studio this past summer) was on his way to a job site that wasn’t quite ready for him yet, and as luck would have it, she called him and told him to drive right out to my house instead.
Kelyn arrived at 11:00 am.
He took some measurements, drove out to our local hardware store, where he assessed the DIY closet systems available for purchase and found them wimpy and inadequate.
He quickly whipped up a drawing, took a photo and asked me if I liked it.
He bought the materials, set up his equipment right outside our front door and by 5:30 pm, I had a new coat closet with maximum coat storage. And shelves for shoes, scarves, hats and gloves!
I was thrilled!
I would have preferred to have the short coats on the top and longer coats on the bottom.
But since Terreeia wears mostly short coats and she’s short, she asked if the they could be installed on the lower rod.
So that’s what we did (below).
Now obviously this photo does not represent all the coats that hang in this closet. But, I wanted to keep the photo presentable for you. ha!
Anyway, because we only have one entry light closer to the door, which makes this closet really dark, we installed wireless (battery-operated) motion sensor sconce lights on each side of the closet.
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The battery operated motion sensor lights work like a charm and after we bought the basic one I have from our local hardware store, I found much prettier ones online (above).
It’s wonderful to be able to see inside the closet!
PS. You’ll notice my closet is painted the same colour as my hallway. Do you paint your closet to match the room or do you keep it neutral?
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