Operation Functional Closet Space

6 Materials
6 Hours

We all have that one child who refuses to use their hangers leaving the floor covered or the closet a mess. Turn that wasted closet space into something more useful

Step 1 the before

Start by removing all items from the closet including these existing shelf and hanger rod. In my case this was as simple as removing 3 screws on each side.

Step 2 build new shelf

In this step I cut 3 pieces of 1x4 pine board to line the upper portion this will hold a new shelf as well as hooks to use instead of hangers

Step 3 painted walls

Painted walls of closet using some left over paint from another project. This is a Sherwin Williams peppercorn. Also added to supports in this step these will support the hanging desk 1/2 black pipe and fittings sizing is specific to each project.

Step 4 desk build

Using a piece a 1x18 glued pine I cut to size needed in my case this was 4ft. leaving enough to support the side. This was the secured with screws to the supports added in the previous step. The 2 smaller shelves were added for decoration purposes

Step 5 stain

After adding some LED lights to make this space a little more bright and exciting I lightly ran a palm sander over everything as most of the wood was already smooth. Using a sponge brush I stained all wood using a min wax early American stain

Step 6 storage doors

In the final step I assembled some custom cabinet doors Using some left over materials to hide the items placed on the shelves added above. followed by moving all gaming equipment and decor into the space.

Finishing touch

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Quick view of every boys dream gaming area equipped with game chair and color changing lights

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  • Linda Brezovsky Hickson
    on Apr 21, 2020

    Where did you put his other stuff? Couldn’t all fit in storage above could it? Fantastic job

    • Mike
      on Apr 21, 2020

      i did put two additional shelves above behind the doors for all of his misc things books games stuffed animals and toys. Sports equipment was moved to the garage and I added some hooks behind his bedroom door to hang coats and sweatshirts shoes stay downstairs in the mud room

  • Lorinda Wente
    on Apr 21, 2020

    you haven't seen him since, have you!?

    • Gennel
      on Apr 28, 2020

      Hahaha...that's how it would be for my boys. They'd only come out to get something to eat, that they'd carry back into their room.

  • Cheryl Zeis
    on Apr 22, 2020

    I LOVE what you did, but most closets don't have electrical outlets, so how did you handle that?

    • Mike
      on Apr 22, 2020

      This one didn’t either however there is a plug right outside. I simply peeled back the carpet a little and ran a surge protector into the closet and covered the cord with the carpet to hide it. Awesome observation I didn’t think to mention that.

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  • Thea
    on Jun 8, 2020

    If you left the doors on you could have locked the teenager inside too!😂Just joking!

  • Lisa West
    on Jun 9, 2020

    Great job. O love when a slave can be turned into some thing fabulous and useful.

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