The Client Needs
The clients for whom I designed this closet came to me for help during the construction of their new home. They were requesting that I outfit the empty space adjacent to their master suite with the walk-in closet of their dreams. The couple was clearly excited about the potential of this project from the beginning, a clear sign of the importance this held for them. The house was their new beginning, and this closet was going to be the dressing room through which they would greet each new day.
Hopes and expectations are frequently more grandiose than what space and budget will allow. My role was to find a way to honor their grand desires while respecting the practical limitations. This being a shared closet, it was also important to establish functional zones for each user. These zones needed to efficiently support their individual storage needs while maintaining a comforting overall consistency.
Closets are intense little puzzles where a great deal of function and circulation need to be supported in a relatively small space. This particular walk-in closet was a great example of such density. The clients were hoping to integrate:
- 234 linear inches of short item hanging
- Pull-out trouser storage for 30 linear inches of the short item hanging
- 36 linear inches of long item hanging
- Full length mirror
- Pressing board
- Accent and task oriented lighting
- Display cabinets
- A horizontal zone for jewelry boxes, knick-knacks and device charging
- Flexible storage
Maximizing the storage space involved taking advantage of the vertical space afforded by high ceilings and fully utilizing corners via a unique L-shaped “wrapping” technique. Budgetary tradeoffs of floor-length panels and kick-box bottom shelves made feature lighting and crown moulding possible. Eventually, the pressing board was removed from the final design but a size of drawer opening that would accommodate one later was included. All other request were met.
This design was executed using Shaker-style rigid thermofoil (RTF) door and drawer fronts in Roseburg’s Antique White thermally fused laminate (TFL) finish. Metallic elements were universally oil-rubbed bronze, and the integrated LED lighting was a lower Kelvin to provide greater warmth. The pièce de résistance were faceted Swarovski crystal knobs, delicately dotting the lit accessory display cases crowning the closet’s focal wall.