Many older homes, especially those built in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s unfortunately have minimal storage options, with small closets and few cupboards. This is a problem for most people, which lead to disorganization, clutter, and chaos. One solution for a space which is lacking in storage is to install your own.
Cabinets, Closets, Wardrobes, and More
There are many options for creating esthetically pleasing storage within spaces that do not have built-in cupboards or closets. For those who may not be well versed in tools or how to use them, one of the easiest options is to opt for self-standing or pre-built storage units.
Using free-standing or pre-fabricated units provides you with a lot of options, including antique furniture, multi-functional armoires, modern accessory options such as revolving shelf space, and uniquely shaped furniture pieces. Choosing to expand your home’s storage using independent units is also a way to customize the kind of storage you have without having to do a lot of demolition and construction work.
Build your Own Closets
For the do-it-yourselfer building your own closets is a great remodeling project to start out with. Closets for the most part are one of the easier construction projects that can be done to a home, and in addition to adding storage to your home, they also increase your equity. One of the first things that homebuyers look at after the size of the bathroom and kitchen are the closets; how many are there, how big they are, etc. making adding closets to your home an investment in your property.
There are some great how-to instructional videos such as the series listed above that will not only walk you step-by-step through the construction process, they will also provide you with a list of tools and materials that you will need, as well as important safety gear and precautions that should be used.
Define your Needs
Closets come with an assortment of features such as drawers, hanging rods, built-in shoe racks, tie racks, and the list goes on. Each of these closet accessories comes with its own installation and space requirements that will directly affect the size, design process, and construction of your new closet. That is why it is best to spend some time evaluating your closet needs before you begin the construction process. Doing so will save you time, money, and frustration in the long run.
Once you know your needs it is time to research your options, by looking online for instructional videos that include your choices, or taking installation classes at the local home center, and shopping for materials if you are planning to build your closet yourself.
When shopping for materials don’t forget to explore the assemble-it-yourself products available. Many of these products come with a wide assortment of variations and are as simple to install as 1-2-3; cutting your work in half and minimizing the number of tools needed to complete the job. The down side to the assemble-it-yourself products is that they are not as versatile as designing your own closet when it comes to size, shape, and space requirements.
Adding closets and cabinetry you your home whether you use freestanding, assemble-it-yourself products, or completely build it yourself is a great way to increase the value of your home, while expanding the amount of storage space you have for your own personal use.