I have a closet near my front door. The closet is over a staircase and
therefore has use of only the top two thirds. The bottom third is boxed in
with drywall. I'd like to put drawers or some sort of storage there. I am
not too good at thinking this up myself and am a visual learner. Can anyone
direct me to some books or websites that show how to utilize that space?
Actually, it's simple enough to plan out yourself. Figure out what kind
of stuff you want to store in the top 2/3rd and whether that kind of
stuff is more suited for open storage (shelves, racks, wire baskets,
etc.) or closed storage (drawers, or a weird angular armoire of sorts
custom-built for that odd little spot). Just get yourself a mess of
blank paper, sketch out the spot, and divide it up but being sure you
give ample space for everything so you're not temped to cram a lot of
stuff in there and make it all tough to manage.
Personally, I'd opt for wood or wire shelves and wire baskets running up
along the end(s) instead of drawers or things with open-out doors. That
space is within what basically amounts a big door/drawer already, and
having to open doors and drawers within that confined space may get to
be a bit too pain in the assy after awhile, especially if you have to
fight a narrow hallway or a closet door as it is just to get to the
closet when it's empty.
I'd also prefer shelves, baskets and racks because unlike drawers and
doored things, you don't have to build any kind of framing, and you can
usually find a lot of adequate Rubbermaid et al wire-rack stuff right in
the storage system department at Home Depot or Menard's, and even clear
pine boards are pretty cheap if you like wood instead of wire. Shelves
and racks only require the proper mollys or toggle bolt thingamajigs
that grip the backside of the drywall between the walls. Wire baskets
stand on their own.
Just one guy's opinion.
Since I don't know the measurements (height, width, and depth) of your
closet and how you're using the closet now, it's kinda hard to offer
maybe a helpful suggestion or two. Could you post that info in response?
It'd give a clearer picture.
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