OT: reach-in closets or custom wardrobe cabinets -- WWYD?

kaysdMay 31, 2013

I hope it is okay to post this question here -- it does involve cabinetry and I need to make a decision so I don’t hold up the re-model any more.

Our master bedroom does not have space for a walk-in closet. It has an 18’ long x 8’ high wall that had three 5’-8” wide reach-in closets with walls separating the 3 closets and 80” high doors, so it was hard to store anything on the top shelf. We had the GC demo the existing closets to get rid of the dividing walls and soffits. We will have doors that are almost 8’ tall to allow easy access to the top shelf. My original plan was to have our custom cabinet makers build a 4’ wide, floor-to-ceiling, center unit with drawers on the bottom and shelves behind doors on the top. (DH really likes to store a lot of his clothes folded on shelves.) On each side would be a 7’ wide regular reach-in closet with bifold doors and drywall interior. We would have long hanging clothes with a shelf above and shoe storage below in one closet, and double bar hanging space in the other closet. The center unit will have flat panel doors and drawers made of rift cut oak veneer stained grey. The bifold doors would be rift cut oak special ordered through a door company and stained by cabinet guys (cabinet guys are not used to building 1-3/8” thick doors). I am a bit nervous about coordinating the cabinet guys doing the center unit and our GC installing the bifold doors (cab guys won’t do it) and having it all fit together correctly.

I really love the doors on our pantry cabinets with the tall narrow glass windows (picture below; we plan to add textured or frosted Solyx film to obscure the contents). Each pantry door is 19” wide. I recently had the crazy thought that something similar might look good in our bedroom. Instead of having two 7’ wide reach-in closets, we could have four 42” wide x 28” deep wardrobe cabinets with cabinet doors like on our pantry instead of bifold doors. Two units would be for long hanging and 2 would have double rods. The center unit would remain the same. Adding textured or frosted glass panels would break up the 18” wall of grey wood, which could be good or bad depending on your preference. We also planned on pocket doors with glass panels for the master bathroom, which faces the closet, so we could use the same film on all the glass doors. DH worries about the loss of storage space due to all the cabinet walls (6” total width with 8 ¾” cabinet sides). I know it will cost more, but not sure how much (I don’t want to ask for a quote until I get more opinions about whether it is even a good idea).

If you were a potential buyer, which would you prefer: Option 1 - regular reach in closets with bifold doors, or Option 2 - narrower custom wardrobe cabinets.

Option 1:

Interiors of cabinets for Option 2 (there would be 2 of each of these):

Our pantry doors (picture with textured or frosted glass and 1-2” wider per door):

Cabinetry in color similar to this:

Modern Kitchen by New York Architects & Designers Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC

Option 2 doors would look similar to this, with frosted/textured glass instead of mirror:

Modern Closet by Del Mar Interior Designers & Decorators Suite 102

I want to use ROTS for shoe storage. They could attach to the cabinet walls in Option 2, or I could ask the cabinet guys to build a free-standing unit for inside the closet in Option 1.

Contemporary Closet by Oconomowoc Interior Designers & Decorators Robert J Erdmann Design, LLC

Modern Closet by Houston Closet & Home Storage Designers SpaceMan

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I just looked at these options for a room that I am converting to a walkin. I ended up using elfa because I felt it gave me more flexibility and hanging space. You should check out the Organizing your home forum. There are a lot of discussions about using cabinets.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 8:16AM
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I am not sure why my photobucket pictures disappeared overnight. They showed up when I posted yesterday. Trying again.

Option 1 exterior sketch:

Option 2 interior sketch (there would be 2 of each of these configurations):

Pantry doors that Option 2 wardrobe doors would be modeled after, with frosted or textured glass:

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 10:02AM
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Carolmka, I will try searching the Organizing forum, thanks. I considered Elfa because it is a very nice looking, flexible system. We know from experience that we want half of the hanging space to have 1 shelf and rod and half to have 2 shelves and 2 rods, and it will cost less to have our cabinet maker or GC build and install the simple elements we want.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 10:31AM
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