The Custom Master Bedroom Walk In Closet

Custom closets have long been the foundation of our business, and for good reason – storage is more and more at a premium in every house and condo in Toronto these days. We build custom cabinets for storage in every space in the home, and closets are no exception. Even a relatively simple closet organizer will likely feature a custom cabinet of some sort, as every solution we design and install is custom-fitted for your space and your needs. The custom master bedroom walk in closet featured in this post is a great example of the various features you may employ to truly get the most out of your closet.

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Custom walk-in closet in white with shaker-style fronts

This custom walk in closet shows how to handle a narrow yet long closet space. By placing all the clothes hanging along one wall, valuable walking space down the center of the closet is maintained, making access a cinch. Shelf and drawer space doesn’t require as much depth and clothes hanging, which is why this works so well. At the entrance to this space, to the left, a shallower tower of shoe shelves was installed, both providing easy access for shoes as well as easing the entry to the closet.

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Shoe shelving on either side of drawer towers makes for an interesting use of space

An interesting detail about this walk-in closet is that its entrance isn’t closed off from the bedroom with a door – instead, the passageway, adjacent to a window, is left exposed to better light the space. At the exposed end, we designed and installed a custom wardrobe cabinet, keeping the most easily-seen parts of the closet extra neat and tidy.

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A custom wardrobe within a closet offers additional order and keeps things elegant and tidy.

Keeping the walking space down the center of the walk-in closet clear not only makes access simple, it also helps bring extra light into the space. No dark corners here! A clearance of two feet wide down the middle is a good minimum; the three feet of space achieved here is even better. And there is still ample clothes hanging space along that one long wall – 18 feet of space for shorter clothes hanging (shirts, folded pants, skirts) and another 3 feet of long hanging space (dresses, gowns, pants hung long by the cuff), plus the wardrobe space.

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While sometimes a design challenge, a window in a custom closet brings light to the space.

Accessorize! Space Solutions offers a wide range of closet accessories to truly allow you to customize your closet. From pullout racks for tie, belts and scarves, to laundry solutions and custom jewelry drawer dividers, we custom design and install every closet to meet your needs and preferences.

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Custom dividers for jewelry and more.

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Laundry solutions come in multiple sizes and configurations.

Get started on your custom closet solution today, with an in-home consultation.

Photos by Aaron Mason.


Complete Toronto Master Bedroom Project

Antique White master bedroomHere we would like to share this complete master bedroom project. This midtown Toronto home, where space as you can imagine is at a premium, needed a complete solution for living and storage space. And while often a Murphy Bed is the right solution, in this case our client desired a traditional bed, and had just enough space to make that work. By tailoring the design and application to meet their needs we were able to deliver a solution for them which could very well serve as inspiration for your complete master bedroom.

The first thing of note is that we actually built a platform for the bed itself, including integrated storage below, in the form of functional drawer space. Each side of the bed offers two deep drawers for storage including space for spare bedding. As you see in the detail images below (click to open them enlarged in a new window) the drawers may be opened without getting in the way of the bedding itself. By installing these drawers without handles – the fronts are oversized so you may easily pull them open from below – we avoid creating a hazard for tripping or snags.

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On the window side of the master bedroom, there was a radiator along the wall. To deal with that we installed a radiator cover cabinet (sometimes simply called a ‘rad cover’). We used the same antique white laminate for the structure and door frames as for the rest of the installation, and the client selected an MDF screen which we had painted to match the laminate. The radiator itself did not run the entire length of the room, but for symmetry we installed the screening panels as if they did, and behind some of the doors there is additional storage, while the remainder allow the heat to radiate, and also open for any maintenance and access. The surface below the window neatly abuts the cabinets on the right end – where we provided some wardrobe and drawer storage.

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Antique white master bedroomThe dark counter top used on either side of the bed – a popular woodgrain melamine tone called chocolate pear – creates unified night table space, and on the far side of the room, adjacent to the mirrored wardrobes, extends into a vanity area complete with its own mirrored backing. We also installed LED lights on three separate switches (which are stored inside the drawers on the relevant sides) to create display lighting for the upper glass cabinets, as well as reading lighting for either side of the bed. The LEDs blend nicely with the overhead lighting installed in the room itself. You can see detailed closeups below of the oil-rubbed bronze hardware used for the wardrobe doors (handles to match the knobs used on drawers) along with a pullout wardrobe rail used in this installation. The complete master bedroom project was designed, built and installed by Space Solution using antique white and chocolate pear finishes, with integrated mouldings, crown and other trimming details. To get started on your complete master bedroom, contact us today for a free in-home consultation.

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All photos by Aaron Mason.


Closet planning – know your terms and needs

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The Dream Closet – not every home has the space for a Dream Closet, and that’s okay.

When planning a custom closet solution, it’s helpful to think about how you use your closet space. At some point in the process, you are going to be speaking to closet storage experts such as us, so you’ll want to have a grasp on not only your closet needs, but some of the closet concepts that are likely to be at play. This knowledge, in conjunction with information about your needs and preferences will better arm closet professionals like us find the best closet solution for you and your space.

Closet types

First of all, there are different types of closet spaces. Most people are familiar of course with Walk In closets – a closet that is large enough that you can walk into it. Some walk in closets may be a small as 5 feet by 6 feet, or they may be as large an entire room – and indeed, sometimes people will convert a spare room into a walk in dressing room, if you have the space to spare. More common are closets that are too shallow to walk into, which we call reach in closets – since you reach into them. We also commonly work in spaces that aren’t already closets – we can build enclosed cabinets to serve as wardrobes, or even close off the end of a room with our custom sliding doors to create closet where none exists. For more about closet types, please see this post.

Clothes hanging

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An example of double short hanging.

The greatest need and biggest part of any closet solution is clothes hanging. Your hanging needs are typically divided by short hanging and long hanging. Short hanging is usually the majority, comprising shirts, blouses, skirts, folded pants and some jackets. Grouping all of your shorter items together can allow you to more effectively manage the required space by stacking sections, known as double hanging. Typically, a single layer of short hanging requires between 36” and 40” in height, you generally you will need 7 feet (84”) in height to achieve effective double hanging. Some items may need less height – some skirts, folded pants and children’s clothes – so you may in some cases be able to utilize lower areas for double hanging. Since we most often will provide adjustability for your closet rods in our solutions, you can often re-space your rods after the installation if the need arises.

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An example of single long clothes hanging.

Most people don’t need as much space for longer things, but there are usually a few items that are longer. This may include dresses, longer jackets or coats, robes and pants hung straight by the cuff. For this you will need long hanging – the height required for long hanging will vary, but usually we will allow anywhere from 55” to 70” in height. As such, long hanging is most often not stacked with short hanging, although you can usually combine your long items with shelf space, either above or below the closet rod. Again, you can usually adjust your hanging heights after your installation, thanks to our adjustable rod holders, which easily fit into pre-drilled holes we provide in our panels.

Shelf space

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A simple shelf tower.

The next most important aspect of your custom closet solution is how do you use shelf space? Open shelves will accommodate a wide range of things: folded clothes that don’t get hung, linens and bedding, smaller clothing items, accessories and mementos in containers, handbags, hats and shoes. Some things, like folded clothes, you may want in easy reach. Others, like seasonal and special occasion items, may be stored higher or out the way. While it is probably a given that you will have upper shelf space throughout your closet up top, above your clothes hanging areas, you may want to consider a shelf tower in your closet – a bank of shelves in their own contained vertical area. Store items you need most frequently in easy reach. A shelf tower, especially if storing commonly-needed items, will most often be placed in the most accessible part of a closet. If it’s a reach-in closet, likely in the center, and in a walk in closet, either closest to the doorway, or maybe at the end wall if you have clothes hanging down the two sides. Among other things, if you are setting up both double hanging and single long hanging on the same wall, you’ll need to have a division between these two areas at some point, and a shelf tower can serve that purpose functionally.

Shoes are something that everyone needs a place for, yet everyone has different needs and preferences for them, too. You may have 5 pairs of shoes, or you may have 50 pairs – either way, you’ll need a place for them that is efficient, and, if you have a larger collection, allows you to find what you’re looking for. Shoes are usually best starting at the lower levels within a closet – if you have enough, you may even need to devote an entire shelf tower just for shoes alone! For smaller collections, though, consider storing them below your long clothes hanging, or on the lowest levels of a tower. It’s not uncommon for people to want to show off their shoe collections by displaying them on angled shelves as a means of presenting them, or even to house their shoes in clear storage boxes on upper shelves.

Drawer space

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A simple shelf and drawer tower.

While not every closet requires drawers, if you can effectively manage the real estate in your closet solution by carefully planning your hanging and shelving needs, you can also free up space in the bedroom by eliminating the need for as much furniture. The types of smaller things that go into drawers are most often those that don’t easily exist on open shelves: socks, undergarments, workout wear, t-shirts and more. For smaller things, like socks, it may make sense to utilize more – yet smaller – drawers, in the interest of keeping it easy to locate things. Too many small things in a larger drawer, the more you need to rummage to find things. Larger items that may still get stored include sweaters and bulkier things, for which it makes sense to use fewer yet larger drawers. A proper closet solution is not just about finding room for everything, but making everything easier to find.

Accessories

There are many other things beyond simple garments that get stored in closets. Handbags, scarves, neckties, belts and jewellery all need homes. We can offer drawer inserts for organizing jewellery; racks for hanging ties, belts and scarves; hooks for grab-and-go things and even shelf dividers for sorting handbags. Think about what other things you may want to store in your closet – an ironing board? A laundry hamper? This is all important information for you to have at your fingertips when planning your custom closet with one of our designers.

Now you-re better armed to discuss your closet needs with one of our designers – contact us to set up your free in-home consultation today!


Custom Built-in Fireplaces

Antique White custom built in fireplace media wall unit angleIt’s always the right time to plan a custom built-in fireplace wall unit. Maybe you don’t need to use the fireplace itself at the moment, but a multi-purpose built-in fireplace such as this one will get used all year round. This cabinet serves multiple uses: yes it has space for a wall-mounted fireplace, but it also functions as a bedroom wardrobe – with space for clothes hanging and drawer space – and features a hidden laundry hamper, as well as functioning as a media center, with room for a television and accoutrements. We’d like to show you some of these features today.

Antique white custom wall unit laundry hamper closedThis custom wall unit is constructed using one of our most popular finishes, a colour called Antique White. It’s a fairly universal colour, in that it is readily available in the various types of laminates that we use in our construction. Flat components, in this case comprising the structural parts like the cabinet’s sides and shelves, are achieved using melamine on board. Pieces that have shape to them – in this case, the baseboard, crown and doors and drawer fronts – are shaped in MDF with thermoplastic (sometimes called thermofoil) laminate. Thermo is more flexible than melamine, and wraps in and out of the curves and wraps the edges. On some projects, we may supply a countertop or desktop using formica or arborite, in which this colour is also available. We can even have part, or all, of your built-in fireplace factory painted to match this colour. Or any other colour you wish!

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When is a bank of drawers not a bank of drawers? When it’s a door for a tilt out laundry hamper! The best place for the laundry hamper on this cabinet was right below the fireplace. To keep the overall structure symmetrical, we matched the adjacent 3 drawers with a false front composed of 3 faces pieced together. The result when closed – see the photo in the second paragraph above – is seamless and very effective.  You may be wondering why we put a laundry hamper in this built-in fireplace cabinet. Well, this wall unit is in the master bedroom, and functions as the master wardrobe.  So laundry makes a great deal of sense, and hidden this way is not obvious.

Scoop handle drawer boxWhile we’re at it, here’s another way to deal with drawers on a wall unit – we hid an additional bank behind the full height doors. These drawer boxes have simplified fronts, since they’re concealed behind the doors. We’ve employed “scoop” handles – allowing us to make the drawers full -depth behind the doors without compromising the depth with protruding handles or knobs. As you can see, the television in this wall unit is mounted relatively high – above the median point. As mentioned, we installed this built-in fireplace in a master bedroom, so that location for the television is ideal for watching in bed.  The spaces up above are intended for a DVD player, cable/satellite receiver, etc.  So this wall unit is truly a multi-purpose solution. It includes wardrobe space, drawer space, laundry hamper, media center and the built-in fireplace. All brought together in one beautiful solution.

Antique White custom builtin in fireplace media center wall unitWhen we design a built-in fireplace for you, it’s a multi-stage process, like many of our projects. You may start by coming to our showroom to see another example of a wall unit with a fireplace. You can see samples of our different finish options and talk about the process. If we build a cabinet for a built-in fireplace, you supply the fireplace unit, and whether you purchase yours at a specialty store or through an online dealer, we will build something to suit it, whether embedded or surface-mounted. We’ll arrange a site visit to take all measurements, check walls  and layouts – you can start with that site visit too, of course! You can arrange for your in-home consultation in the showroom, over the phone, or by filling out this handy appointment request form and submitting it online.  Appointments are available during the day during the week, but we can also accommodate some appointments for evenings and Saturdays with advance notice. Get on this now, and well before you need to turn it on you’ll have a built-in fireplace ready to keep you warm next winter!


The Dream Closet of Your Dreams

Painted Dream Closet TorontoA Dream Closet can mean different things to different people. It can be space for your entire shoe selection, it can be places for your jewelry, it can be enough clothes hanging for your entire wardrobe, it can a range of accessories that make your closet as beautiful as it is functional. In this case, we present a space that does all of the above! In general terms, when we talk about a “Dream Closet”, we are describing a custom closet solution that goes beyond mere functionality, and also incorporates many decorative upgrades. A solution like this will typically cover the majority of the available wall space, and utilize a series of built-in cabinets to complete your closet. A typical Dream Closet will often include:

  • raised panel drawer fronts and/or doors
  • crown mouldings
  • solid back panels throughout the closet
  • baseboard details
  • specific hole drilling

Other details that may into play in a Dream Closet arrangement can include lights, glass, accessories for ties, belts and laundry. The closet featured here is an example of a factory-painted project. With factory painting, you pick a colour from the paint deck, any colour you like. While most often of course people will select a white or an off-white, as in this scenario, you could in theory pick a bright red or a purple, anything you like!

Painted Dream Closet Toronto cutout This Dream walk in Closet features cabinets on all walls, providing ample clothes handing for both long clothes as well as double hung short clothes hanging. Drawer fronts feature a modified Shaker-style front with crystal knobs for added elegance. Adjustable shelves have an ogee edge detail and are located in groupings of holes to minimize visual distraction yet still provide flexibility, and all vertical panels are finished with decorative flutes that match the drawer fronts. With a crown up top and a decorative base, this closet is detailed from top to bottom. Shoes are stored on angled shelves using brushed chrome fences to hold shoes in place. In the picture to the left you can see we also left access to the drop down hatch that leads to the attic – you never know when you’ll need to get in there!

Painted Dream Closet Toronto Iron BoardOther features of this closet include tie and belts racks, and fabric liners for drawers which are themselves installed using automatic soft-closing hardware.To the left you will see another feature: a hidden fold-away ironing board. The upper “drawer face” in this case drops down on hinges and reveals a collapsible ironing board. The board is hinged and folded for storage behind the false drawer front – you pull it forward, unfold it and employ the support on its underside to stiffen it, and rotate it to the position that is most convenient to you. This item also employs soft-closing hardware on the mechanism, and means you can do away with your free standing ironing board and finding a way to store it.

Click the image below for closeups of some of the other details on this beautiful walk in Dream Closet!

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Want a Dream Closet of your very own? Call us today to get started, or request an appointment using this handy form.


Essential Closet Accessories

When Space Solutions designs a closet for you, we consider all the details, such as closet accessories. Yes, your first priority is clothes hanging, and you will also need storage for folded clothing – either on shelves or in drawers, or both – and, no doubt, shoes. (Don’t be embarrassed at the size of your shoe collection! You’re not alone!)  But what else goes in a typical closet, and what do you do with them?

Ties

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They say that men these days don’t wear ties nearly as much as in years past, but most men still own at least 10 to 20 ties. Space Solutions stocks a variety of tie rack options. Most have slides attached, so they may be installed against the side of a shelf and drawer tower, and may then be pulled forward for easier access. We stock them in nickel or brushed chrome, but can special order them in other finishes.

Belts

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Everyone has belts. To complement our tie racks, each series also has a corresponding belt rack. Again, they come in sliding and non-sliding models, and in various finishes. Hanging your belts by the buckle helps keep them straight and last longer!

Valets

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There are a couple of options when we talk about valets. Both are intended to hold clothes on hangers temporarily, and then retract when not needed. The Laundry Valet has a series of holes, and when extended allows to you fit the hooks of hangers inside to hold things away from the wall. They are often used in laundry rooms for temporary hanging when transferring clothes out of the dryer, hence the name. But they also are useful inside a shallow closet as well. A Closet Valet is used often against the side of a tower, or even the underside of a shelf, to provide a place to hang, say, the outfit you want to wear the next day, your dry cleaning, items you are getting ready to pack or store, etc.

Hooks

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A great way to make use of a shallow wall in a closet that does not allow for conventional clothes hanging, or even shallow storage, is to mount hooks on that wall. For example, a narrow Walkin Closet often only allows for the use of 2 walls, in an L configuration. (This is common in many condos.) You need to leave that third wall for your access. But rather than leave that wall blank, consider adding hooks for quick, easy “grab and go” items: robes, hooded sweaters, shoulder bags, etc. We stock a variety of hooks in various shapes, and again, can special order others as need be.

Here’s handy sheet that covers many of our standard stock options – you can even come into the showroom and purchase them right then and there for your existing closets. Space Solutions Tie, Belt, Valet, Hook stock options (PDF)

In a future post, we’ll tell you about some other closet accessories, such as solutions for laundry, shoes, pants and more!