Combination Closet

Let’s see. How do I put this gently? The couple for whom I did this closet remodel were self-confessed clothes horses (okay, the husband more than the wife). They had long since outgrown the traditional side-by-side his-and-hers closets common in the 50’s, but their condo didn’t have enough room for them to expand. The trick was to figure out how to increase their overall storage space, without actually expanding the space occupied by the closet.


First, I ripped both closets down to the studs and removed the framing separating the two. That gave me a generous 11 feet wide, 9 feet tall, and just over 3 feet deep. Not a bad start, but could this extra deep closet space be better utilized by hanging the clothes from front-to-back, rather than side-to-side? It was a nice idea, but four front-to-back clothing rods would be awfully tight. If there were just some other way—like, if they pulled out.    

Slide-Out Hanging Drawers

Wait a minute! Pantry cabinets have hardware that pulls out! After some figuring, I created six pull-out sections – five for clothes, and one for shoes.  Many drawers and a central shelved cabinet completed the unit, resulting in far more hanging space than a traditional configuration would have provided, together with additional drawer storage. The closet also featured sliding acrylic doors at the top, to store luggage and other seldom-used items.

Did I mention that the husband was a clothes horse? He had (at the time I built this project) over 300 ties! He was so thrilled with his new closet that he had me build this mirror-door cabinet just for his ties!

Birch veneer plywood, white P-95 acrylic, MDF panels painted, faux wenge, aluminum edging, and stainless steel pulls.

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