Here’s a good example of how we contributed custom built-in storage for one family’s son and daughter. Solving storage needs for kids can be a challenge – children can be notoriously picky, and as children grow their needs can change. Finding a custom solution that endures and appeals is essential, and this project does that.
Our client had two adjacent bedrooms for the children, and in typical Toronto style each bedroom’s closet was nestled against each other. This limited the storage space available in each bedroom, as the other bedroom’s closet essentially backed into the room. The client had their contractor remove the defined closet spaces by taking out their walls, and this freed up more space for functional storage in each room, and by installing built-ins for each child we were able to not only make more efficient use of the space, the staggered depths of the built-in cabinets help prevent the space from being taken over by custom cabinets.
There’s a number of little details applied here that make these custom cabinets great built-ins. For the bases, the toekicks – and the side of the drawer pedestal under the desk – are recessed. This helps keep people from stubbing toes and also adds interest. As with many older houses in Toronto, walls and ceilings are out a bit, and while our custom cabinets are square and have right angles, maybe your room doesn’t. The cap shelf applied above the wardrobe cabinet helps minimize the fact that the ceiling slopes upwards towards the right hand wall. The exposed wall area behind the desk was painted out by the client to complement the walls adjacent to the custom cabinetry, adding additional visual interest, and a glass desktop allows for their daughter to display some of her favourite things on her desk while she does her homework.
In the other bedroom, we mostly replicated the design with a mirror image of the layout, and installed another custom built-in wardrobe with desk. The most obvious difference is the colour palette; for the son’s room, a different colour scheme was selected, and as with the daughter’s room, the exposed wall area behind the desk was painted out a complementary colour. The built-ins for both kids feature factory-painted exteriors, and factory-painting is a great choice for any built-in. Pick a colour and our paint shop will do it – and not only do you get a gorgeous finish, factory painted cabinets can offer more flexibility in decorative details including trims and mouldings, which once painted all match perfectly. The daughter’s cabinets were painted Chantilly Lace as a softer contrast to the bright hues in that room, while the son’s cabinets were painted Chelsea Gray as a bolder contrast to his wall colour.
Aside from the exterior colour, the other main difference between these two kids’ custom built-ins is what happens inside. As with any factory-painted built-in, you paint the exteriors mostly, the things you see all the time: doors, sides, trims, drawer fronts and any exposed shelves or surfaces. For the interiors, we usually will use a standard melamine finish – in this case white – as that keeps costs down and as the interior surfaces will get more contact the melamine wears better. As you can see in the photo above, we did still paint out the leading edges of the shelves and side panels, as small aspects of them are visible around the doors and would otherwise stand out. For the son’s and daughter’s wardrobes we installed slightly different interior configurations, tailored to the kids’ needs. Alternate views of both cabinets may be seen below.
We have full-size examples of custom built-ins on display in our showroom, both painted and otherwise. If you are interested in getting a quote on your next custom storage project, we start with free in-consultation, and will come to your home to measure, present samples and portfolio examples and discuss options with you. To get started, call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!
Photos by Aaron Mason.