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Master Closet: Sketch of New Shelving Layout

Small Space Organization {Master Closet}

January 11, 2008 Sarah Coggins
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When Trent & I purchased our home almost 5 years ago, we were both more than excited. I came across a book advertised in a magazine I was reading called Our House Journal. Basically, it’s a scrapbook for the homeowner with pages set up with prompts, pockets to hold ideas, and a few sketch sheets. This book has been great for keeping up with the little details around our house from paint and fabric colors to ideas on how we’ll remodel a space. One of those spaces is our Master Closet.

The Master Closet is 7′-0″ wide by 3′-6″ deep. Not overly large. When we bought the house, the closet had metal wire shelving – a single shelf on each side high enough to hang dresses and two 3′-0″ wide shelves in the middle spaced to hold shirts or slacks. Sadly, I never took a photo of this setup. But, trust me when I say it barely held my clothes which meant Trent’s were in the guest room closet.

Reworking the Master Closet layout was our first big project inside the house. In January 2004, we went to Lowes with the intention of purchasing additional wire shelving pieces to improve the space. As we were looking at the options, I realized none would work. They wouldn’t fit within the size and current arrangement. Being the professional designer I am – I dug in my purse for some scrap paper & a pencil and began sketching a new option. Below is the much nicer sketch I created later for our journal which illustrates the before and after:

Master Closet: Sketch of New Shelving Layout

We ended up buying multiple wood veneer closet pieces by ClosetMaid. It took about 2 days because we had to remove the old shelving and patch & paint the walls. Then construct and install the new pieces.

We did reuse the 2 wire shelves that were originally on the side walls. They are both on the right side wall now and stacked so Trent & I can both hang shirts & slacks.

I have a few photos on the pages below of our progress. Of course, the cats were both very curious and kept an eye on things – note Cali yawning and Chester found the shelves to make a great napping spot.

Master Closet: Updated Layout Photos

We spent about $300 on the wood veneer pieces. For a more functional space, it was worth it. We’ve easily shared the closet for the last 4 years and still have enough room.


  • Ter January 11, 2008 at 5:04 am
    GREAT! You're hired!! I expect you here in 24 hrs to set up my closets. ;)
  • jill January 11, 2008 at 12:42 pm
    Looks great! I love decorating and remodeling projects :)
  • Darcey January 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm
    Good Post! What a great book to have and keep track of your home info.
  • toners January 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm
    Great post! It's amazing what can be done with a closet to make the space more usable :) Have a fun weekend!
  • Sherry January 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm
    I love that book... thanks for sharing!! Good job on all your hard work!!
  • Jen Sue Wild January 11, 2008 at 6:41 pm
    What a cool idea.. I know you will be glad that you did it later..
  • Linda January 11, 2008 at 7:02 pm
    Looks great! Love your book!
  • kimmithylaine January 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm
    love how organized you are! All of your sketches and plans and photos! What a great way to keep track and remember all of those little renovations!
  • jp January 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm
    I love to read about your organization projects! The closet looks great. Good thing you had such helpful supervisors! :-) Have a great weekend! Janet
  • Aimeslee January 13, 2008 at 8:08 am
    Wowzers, Sarah. Love that book, your layout and your closet re-do. Thanks for sharing!
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