On May 19, 11:10 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Ok, I'm not the OP, but...
Huh? My husband shaves IN the shower, because he likes it. What
kind of shaving can be done in the absence of water? Oh, all right,
using an electric razor, obviously, but not everyone uses one.
I shave in the shower, too.
I'm with you. DH shaves over the bathroom sink and I shave in the shower.
Even with an electric razor, aren't bits of hair and skin dropping all over?
Gross. Just what I want on my closet floor. We cut each other's hair (blunt
cut, just below the waist, every 8 weeks) in the bathroom, too. Like I said,
we're both very low maintenance.
First, the basics...
Hanging clothes need at least 2' of depth, and the walkway should be 3'
wide to avoid feeling cramped. So, minimum width would be 5' if you have
hanging clothes on one side, or 7' if you have hanging clothes on both
sides. The length can be whatever you have space for (as small as 2' or as
long as the house).
We designed and built our own house, and our master "suite" is roughly
23'x16', about the same as your proposed space. Our suite includes a
12'x15' bedroom, a 10'x10' master bath, and our 5'x10' master closet
(inside room dimensions). We installed 3' doors in case we ever need to use
a wheelchair, and the closet door opens into the bedroom, so it doesn't
take space away from the closet.
We have have hanging rods on the LEFT side of the closet only. The first
third of the 10' length has double hanging rods (one above the other) for
my wife's shirts, skirts, and pants. The middle third has a higher single
rod for hanging longer items like dresses, robes, etc. And the last third
is the double hanging rods for my shirts and pants. There is a shelf above
the middle section where we keep extra pillows and whatnot.
I built a wall mounted shelf (12" deep, and about 6' high) at the back end
of the closet where we store shoes, hats, boxes of old cards/letters, etc.
It's mounted high enough off the floor that we can slide our laundry basket
under the shelf.
We have a small niche on the RIGHT side of our closet (about 4' wide x 16"
deep that bumps into the bathroom area), where I built a set of 12 built-in
drawers. That's where we keep our socks, underwear, lingerie, shorts,
gloves, sheets for the bed, etc. My wife keeps her jewelry boxes and other
do-dads on top of the built-in dresser.
The rest of the RIGHT side of our closet has hooks for belts and whatnot,
and a full height mirror.
While the McMansion folks would probably find it unacceptable, we are more
than happy with our "little" 5'x10' closet. We have plenty of room for
clothes, and my wife uses it as her changing room since there's plenty of
room to move around. We've lived here over five years and have never filled
up the closet rods.
I would be happy to send you some pictures if you want. Just email me from
the link on my web site at www.mountain-software.com.
We are just now finishing a house and we did most of the finish work.
We too have two bedrooms on the main floor including a good sized
master bedroom (15 x 17.5). Our walk-in has its own door which
parallels the bath and it is 10' deep by 6-1/2' wide with the door in
the end. We built two tall shoe and sweater shelving units that are
about 20" wide that also serve as one end attachment for single or two
level hanging rods. Above the hanging rods are shelve that are at
"tipy-toe height (or step stool). There is also a separate partition
in the middle on one side that allowed us to convert from double level
rods to single level dress rod. We are completely satisfied and we
have had good comments from others about its utility.
As a side-note the second bedroom has a fairly good size closet with
standard bi-folds. It shares a wall with the hallway leading to the
bedroom so it is about 4' deep and 7' wide. It is a little larger
than many second bedroom closets but provides good storage for our
"empty-nester" stuff. We configured the inside with shelving that is
great for a bedroom, but it could also he easily converted to a sewing
nook if my wife ever wants to move the sewing center upstairs.
My master closet is rather large, but the width is only 5 feet'. It
has a heat/AC vent in it which proved to be very helpful. I started
working 3rd shift and could not get a good sleep due to all the
daytime noise (barking dogs, basketball, doorbell, lawn mowers, etc).
I found sleeping in the walk-in closet floor was the perfect quiet
place to get undisturbed sleep. For large closets I would guess you
could add some furniture, perhaps a dressing area or hobby desk.
In our previous residence, I added a walk-in closet. I think it was 4x5'.
Open door, take one step, turn on light, all clothes are within reach yet
far more convenient than a conventional closet and less % corridor than a
larger walk-in. OK, so this was in a singlewide. Build to fit your needs
and your house.
We are now in a 1953 "real house" and I wish I had that closet here. We've
bought six wardrobes to augment the closets.
I agree with the comment about ventilation -- at least make sure the closet
has good air flow. Especially A/C to avoid mold and mildew on the clothes.
I think the bedroom I grew up in was 10x12'. My sisters shared the smaller
bedroom. This was in a very large 1300 sq ft house. It was large because
the available area was used for real living space and the bedrooms were
sized for sleeping only. Fifty-four years after my parents built it, they
are dead but one of my sisters is living in the house, and my other sister
would retire there if it were available.
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