How to Design an Open-Concept Closet

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

Make your bedroom feel bigger and create more closet space by converting a standard side by side double closet into an open concept design!

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

If you are following along with our French Country Cottage fixer upper (if you missed the before tour then check it out here), then you remember the master bedroom was small with old purple carpet and side by side double closets with bi-fold doors from the sixties.

How to Create an Open Concept Closet

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

The first thing we did was to remove the carpet and the bi-fold doors.  We quickly discovered there was beautifully preserved red oak hardwood flooring underneath all of that carpet!  By the way, if you missed my post on Choosing the Best Farmhouse Style Floor stain, then read it here!!

 

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

Deconstruction

How to Create an Open Concept Closet

Let the deconstruction begin!  My plan was to open the closets from floor to ceiling into the rest of the bedroom and frame it out with old barn beams to help define the space.

How to Create an Open Concept Closet

What a difference taking it up to the ceiling makes.

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Primer is on!  This picture looks like a creepy isolation room in a hospital ward or something.  Nope.  Just our bedroom.

 

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

Barn Beams

How to Create an Open Concept Closet

I found these 150 year old barn beams for sale on Facebook marketplace.

How to Create an Open Concept Closet

Zach and I – correction – Zach cut them down to size and loaded our treasures into our amazing mini-van turned work truck (checkout my review on our Chrysler Pacifica here)!

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

Installing authentic barn beams on the ceiling is not a DIY project for a beginner, but for a tutorial on how to install barn beams on a ceiling click here!

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How to Design an Open Concept Closet

 

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

Closet Organization System

Once we framed out the closet space the next step was to install the closet system.  We bought the Closet Maid Suite Symphony 25-Inch Closet Organizer with Shelves, 2 Doors and 4 Drawers in Pure White for Zach’s side.

How to Design an Open-Concept Closet

For my side we bought the Closet Maid Suite Symphony 25-Inch Closet Organizer with Shelves in Pure White.

How to Design an Open-Concept Closet

The shelves can be customized with these doors, various size drawers, or in my case, these shoe shelves!

How to Design an Open-Concept Closet

The shelf unit fit 9 of these shoe shelves.  Each shelf fits approximately 3 pairs of shoes facing inward.

As per the usual putting these shelving units together was a dusty and messy family affair.

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

It’s ok Lily.  This is how I frequently feel when looking at instruction manuals too.

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Gracie helped put in all the nails!

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Caleb helped destroy all the boxes!

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Lily helped with the cuteness factor.

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And Mommy put in lots and lots of screws.  But in the end . . . worth it!!  Before and afters below!

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

Closet – Before

How to Create an Open Concept Closet

Closet – After

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

 

Her Side – Before

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

Her Side – After

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His Side – Before

How to Design an Open Concept Closet

His Side – After

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