Short on Storage? Create Your Own Closet

One of our delightful new bathrooms—before we hacked it to bits.

We’re on the tail end of renovation our new-to-us house, and it’s crunch time. Our days have been spent painting walls and laying down new floor (the fun, pretty stuff, in other words!), and as soon as that’s done, we move in. Huzzah!

This is house makes better use of space than our current one in every way except one: it has no linen closet. It’s a price we’re willing to pay in order to have a dedicated office and more than one bathroom, but we’ll still need a place to store towels, medicine, and extra sheets.

Because we weren’t given a linen closet, we’re making one. I’ve been looking around on Craigslist for the perfect armoire or dresser, but nothing really seems right. They’re either too big or they’re awkwardly designed.

This piece of furniture will need to go in our master bath — we’re taking out one of the double sinks, since neither of us feel the need for our own dedicated bowl to wash our hands. But this means we need to be creative with space.

Here’s what it looked like the day we bought it:

And here’s how it looks right now:

We still have a bit of work to do, such as laying down floor, replacing the baseboards and lights, and installing the sink. And mirror. So yeah … a bit of work still. But it’s coming along!

So we picked out the sink and countertop (I’ll show you soon!), found the right mirror at Goodwill, and I think we’ve found the right lights. But the jury was still out on any sort of storage. We couldn’t find anything we liked at thrift stores or Craigslist, and our budget doesn’t allow for handcrafted custom anything.

Then one night, we were walking the aisles of our second home, Home Depot (see: renovating a house, above), and it hit me. Why not use some of those customizable closet storage solutions?

I mean, after all, they don’t need to go in a closet. And I think they’ll work just fine.

I’ve ordered four pieces from Home Decorators’ Stack and Store collection.

Two 24-inch door cabinets:

One 24-inch drawer cabinet:

And the 5-inch leg kit:

The plan is to stack these together as one piece of furniture and create our own customized linen closet. And at only 24 inches wide, we should have minimal problems fitting this in our new bathroom.

(It must be said—I’m not the greatest with the ‘perspective’ tool in Photoshop. I played around with it for hours, and realized I needed to move on with my life. But you get the idea.)

And also — we’re not going for the Raw Plywood Floor look. That’s going in next week.

We don’t need a lot of room in our linen close t— a few baskets of meds, master bathroom towels, extra toilet paper, and extra sheets are about it. As you might guess, I’m not a huge fan of storing linens that are only used a few times a year.

So I think this little customized baby will do the trick. Stay tuned for the results! Looks like the master bath may be one of our first completely finished rooms in the house. I’ll know by next week.

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