How to create tons of storage for bulky items in the closet! These cubby units hold a TON and look great.
I’ve been planning my closet makeover for some time now…and my plans for the space have changed more times than I can count!
They have continued to change in real time as I’ve been working on it, but that’s part of the fun for me.
Planning the organization, in your main closet especially, is something you really don’t want to mess up. It’s a lot more detailed and expensive than a smaller closet.
We didn’t pay extra for melamine or custom shelving when we built our house four years ago — as much as I HATE wire shelving, I knew it would take me awhile to figure out the layout I wanted.
Paying for anything more felt like a waste of money at the time. I’m REALLY glad we waited…because now it’s coming together just as I had hoped. I’ll have a spot for EVERYTHING.
I started off my closet redo with this corner. It was the biggest thorn in my side, just because it was so cluttered:
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As you can see, I had a lot of tall hanging storage available. Problem is, I don’t need that much for dresses and long items.
Instead I used it for the much needed dresser instead — that part was very functional.
I had an idea to create a home base for most of my folded clothes and it’s working beautifully!
First up, I needed to remove all of the wire shelving in that corner.
FUN TIMES. You’ll need a flat edged tool like a flat screwdriver, as well as something to pry the hardware off the wall, like a hammer or crow bar:
You’ll need to take those metal pins out first — don’t try to attempt removing the shelving with that still intact! You’ll end up with giant holes in your walls.
Once you get them pulled out a bit they come out very easily. You can pull them out by hand sometimes as well.
Once the pin is out, you can remove the plastic brackets that hold the wire shelving up:
Repeat this 485 times.
You’ll be left with Swiss cheese walls full of holes:
By the way, I don’t fill every hole. If it will be covered permanently then I don’t fill them. (Unless it’s abnormally large.)
Next up, I had to ensure my new closet units would fit right up against the walls. This is key to getting a more custom, built in look…no matter what room you’re working in.
I used my reciprocating saw to cut into the baseboards where the storage units would end:
I knew I wanted some bling in here…that back wall isn’t huge so I could do something fun. Enter my easy go-to for accent walls…wallpaper of course!
When you purchase wallpaper, make sure you grab more than enough of what you’ll need, and look to confirm that they are the same lot number:
Like tile and flooring, different lot numbers can have slight differences that you may notice right up against each other.
I was so excited to get these put together…
I was so excited, I didn’t even take a picture of the progress, but I hung two of these bins on the wall. I say hung, because you need to make sure and secure them to the walls with the brackets they provide.
I grabbed some pretty rattan baskets from IKEA for the cubbies, but quickly realized they would be awful…at least with clothes. I love the look, but little bits of the wicker would get into and caught on the clothes.
They slide so much easier and are much cleaner for the clothes.
Most I placed in the bins, but some I have folded and stacked on the shelves as well.
I utilized all of this new storage space to organize my less used clothing like seasonal items — things like themed Halloween, fall and Christmas clothes. Since I don’t have many and don’t wear those often, they went to the top of the unit.
I also have some Disney shirts and sweaters I only wear on our trips, so those went into the top bins as well.
I can’t even tell you how nice it was to get all of this sorted!:
They are perfect for little things like socks or jewelry:
I love that I have a few empty spots to work with. The organizing part is my favorite!
But where was all of that bulky clothing before it went into the bins you ask?
Well…nicely folded and placed on the wire shelves of course:
Actually, I snapped this photo after I took the hoodies and sweatshirts off the shelf, so it looked way worse before.
This was how most of my folded clothes were “organized” for the past four years. It obviously wasn’t working!
Now it’s all perfectly sorted, organized and easily accessible:
I always strive to incorporate both form and function when working on a space. This little nook is the perfect example of both!
I hope to make one more tweak to this spot, but IKEA is out of one of the items I’d like to use. I may have to DIY a solution instead.
Here’s the before of this corner again to remind you of where I started:
Say it with me…no. more. wire. shelves! What a glorious day. 😁
Of course that corner was just the beginning…this redo got way bigger than I planned. But it’s turning out SO GOOD and I can’t wait to show you more progress soon!
So far I’ve spent $240 for the Kallax units on this side of the room. The two cubby units were $80 each and the drawer inserts were $20.
Have you used these Kallax units anywhere in your home? They would also work great inside a standard bedroom closet, with hanging rods attached on either side.