It’s usually not the most exciting feature in the room, but a bedroom closet is definitely one of the most important. If you’ve ever cursed yours for not having adequate storage, having an ugly door or just not performing as well as it could, it may be time to remodel your closet. You can choose from a variety of projects that improve the form or function of your closet — and best of all, many closet remodeling ideas won’t cost too much, so you can tackle them even if you’re on a budget.
If the main goal of your remodeling project is making your closet look more attractive, the door is a good place to start. A plain hollow-core door certainly gets the job done on a closet, but it doesn’t add any character or visual interest to your bedroom. To give your closet a more decorative look, consider replacing your basic door with a striking French door. Because the door features glass panes, though, you may want to pair it with a colorful shade or curtain panel so you don’t have to worry about staring at your shirts and shoes all day. If you have a small bedroom, replacing your closet door can also help open up space in the room. Replacing a traditional swinging door with a sliding door means that you don’t have to worry about clearance for your closet door, which may allow you to lay your bedroom furniture out more effectively.
Add Custom Storage
Bedroom closet remodeling projects are usually aimed at improving the storage options. While a simple rod works well for jackets, dresses and other items that you hang, you probably have plenty of items in your wardrobe that you prefer to fold. Remodeling your closet so it has customized storage options that fit your wardrobe and habits is the best way to ensure that you don’t wind up with a messy, overstuffed closet. Adding a couple of simple shelves above the rod is an easy remodeling project that won’t cost much money. You can use the shelves for folded items like sweaters or jeans or even line up shoes so they don’t wind up in a heap on the floor. In a small bedroom, however, you may want all of your clothing storage in the closet so you don’t lose valuable floor space to a dresser. Consider adding several drawers to the closet where you can store socks, underwear and other small clothing items like scarves. If you want built-in drawers, you may be better off hiring a closet specialist to handle the project. You can also add a shoe rack to organize your footwear or hooks on the door for organizing jewelry.
Improving the ventilation in your bedroom closet is a remodeling project that can help keep your clothing in better condition. Because a closet’s door is closed most of the time, air becomes trapped inside and has no way to circulate. If your closet isn’t properly ventilated, moisture can build up, and you may encounter problems with mold, mildew and insects. Installing a simple bathroom fan is an easy way to make sure that your closet has adequate ventilation. Look for a model that has a timer so that it will turn on and off periodically to move the air.
If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive project that will make hunting around in your bedroom closet for your favorite shirt a little more pleasant, consider painting the interior. Most closets are painted white or another neutral shade, which is a safe choice but isn’t particularly decorative. Because the door will closed most of the time, consider choosing a bold shade that you love but is too much for your bedroom walls. A rich red or cobalt closet interior can make your closet feel a little more luxurious and special. For a unified look, though, you should use a shade that complements your bedroom wall color. If you choose to use a darker shade like navy or eggplant, make sure that there is adequate lighting in the closet since the dark color won’t reflect as much light as a pale shade.
Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.