Don’t dig through piles of clothes anymore, install a closet system
Find a Closet System
Search the Internet for closet organization ideas. Many web sites will help you design a system to fit your needs.
Purchase system components
You can find closet organizer components at local home improvement stores and online.*
Assemble the cabinets
Cabinet parts are held together with screws driven into predrilled holes. Cabinets can have doors that pivot on plastic pins. They can also be fitted with drawers or dividers.
Prep the closet
Remove everything from the closet, including the old organizer system.
If necessary, fill holes left in the closet walls from old anchors, nails or screws. Then roll on a fresh coat of paint.
Install hanger bar
Many closet systems are designed to hang from a metal hanger bar. Screw the hanger bar directly into the top plate, which is a horizontal two-by-four at the top of every standard wall. Install the hanger bar along the entire length of the closet. The hanger bar allows your to rearrange shelves as your needs change.
Attach shelf standards
The standards can be placed anywhere along the rail and everything else in the system attaches to these standards.
You will need to attach the standards to the wall to prevent them from swinging.
Use a level to make sure the standard runs straight up and down. Drill through the hole in the standard and into the wall behind it. Tap a wall anchor into the hole and then install a single screw near the center of the standard.
Install shelves and cabinets
Cabinets have clips on the back that hook into the slots on the standards. Put in shelving after the cabinets are installed. After measuring, use bolt cutters to cut each shelf to the necessary length. Then slip small rubber caps over the cut ends.
Shelves are supported by brackets that hook into the shelf standards. The shelves sit on top of the brackets. To install hanging rods, fasten special brackets onto the shelves. The rods clip into the brackets.
Pat yourself on the back
Arrange your things in your new closet system and enjoy your newly organized space.
* The system chosen for this example includes cabinets with doors, drawer units, open cubbies, wire racks and shelves.
Change the flooring Update the master bedroom’s look by replacing the carpet with one of these flooring ideas: Bamboo, laminate, ceramic, marble, hardwood
Create a headboard Give the master bedroom a customized look with a headboard you create. Use fabric as a clever wall decoration that also serves as a headboard substitute. Screens can also double as headboards. Purchase a plain panel screen and paint it yourself with stencils. Other ideas include tiered shelves, a mural or an ethnic wall hanging.
Painting Try an accent wall or stenciling to liven up a master bedroom. Paint doors and molding with a color that contrasts with the walls for an exciting look. Add color to a neutral bedroom by painting headboards and other furnishings.
Dimmer switch Control the mood of the master bedroom with lighting. Install a dimmer switch so the light in the bedroom is perfect whether you are enjoying a book in bed or relaxing with soothing music after a long day.
Window seat Make space for reflection and relaxation by adding a window seat in the master bedroom. Build a simple bench out of wooden planks and legs purchased from a home improvement store. Stain or paint the bench and add a cushion and throw pillows to create an inviting place.