There is such a feeling of accomplishment right now in writing this. Having a contractor and someone I trust as much as Rick has been amazing - but it's also letting me be lazy, waiting for his direction or input.
Rick is semi-retired - and not really a contractor anymore - so this has been a favor and a labor of love. And as other projects of his are keeping him busy, there has been a stall in things.
And it has been G R E A T. It has forced me back to what I love doing - getting it done myself. One of my biggest challenges in life is thinking I have to do it all - and that is not how life works. I know I need a team of people to help me, and I am working on that daily. So what I'm saying here is NOT I can build a closet on my own. I'm just saying I can start researching it. And designing it. And then get help.
Which is what I did pretty much all weekend. Staring at our master closet (another project) and knowing the general idea of Captain's room when we decided to take the built in for the bathroom, I had a start.
The closets will go on either side of the window on the back wall of his room - where his bed is now - putting a desk in between the closet underneath his window for a place to study, draw, write, and create.
This will give his bed two options of moving around - the first will be against the "new" wall (AKA where his closet used to be) or on the side wall where his dresser is. The closets coming out instead of receding in will be a space taker, so the hope is that the storage provided with the closet design (and under bed storage) will eliminate the vintage military chest and the dresser.
Onto the closet design. I was searching around Container Store and the Elfa and fancier TCS closet design ideas and ended up wandering over to IKEA. IKEA's planning tool is SO GOOD. I got stuck on it. Instead of having to call a consultant, I was playing around with the system in a very user friendly planning tool. I played around with it yesterday, and started wondering if IKEA was the right idea for his room - was there something better? Was I making the call without looking around more?
So I looked at wardrobes on West Elm, CB2, and Restoration Hardware - everyone I liked kinda reminded me of the IKEA one I was working on without being customizable. I kept going back to IKEA and the planning tool, ultimately pulling the trigger.
Here's what I did:
The basics: Measured the ceiling height and measured the length between the window and the walls on each side. The 39 and change length was PERFECT to mirror on each side of the window and I ended up going the 79 in height as opposed to the 92 - the 92 may have been able to sneak by but it was VERY close and I felt at that tightness they would look imposing on the room. The 79 almost goes to the height of the window, so there will still be space on the top of the closet that could be used for trophies, stuffed animals, or just open air.
Inside interior was tricky AND super fun. He's growing, so I wanted to make sure the length and amount of what I was adding would be able to grow with him at least for the next 5 years. I left enough room on the hang bars for jeans and tees getting longer :( - and made sure to have storage for shoes, socks, underwear, board shorts, etc.
There's a place for a laundry hamper (should be in ALL closets) and a mix of shelving, drawers, and metal pull out baskets. The shelves for now will be storage for games, legos, art, etc - I wasn't really thinking books.
I have an idea of using the standing bookshelves in his room once I get the other furniture out - however, games can easily be stored under the bed to make room for books depending on how it comes together.