How to convert a spare bedroom into a walk-in closet

Phantom Screens / August 3, 2016

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There are numerous reasons to renovate your home, from installing energy-efficient appliances and upgrading outdoor living spaces to adding luxurious features to the house. You may also decide to embark on a remodeling project to make better use of a neglected space. It just so happens that all of your reasons for renovating can come into play in a single room. If you’re unsure of what to do with a spare bedroom, why not convert it into a walk-in closet? Here’s how…

Protect privacy

Privacy should be your first consideration when you create a walk-in closet. There is bound to be a window because the space used to be a bedroom. Unfortunately, windows are just as good for seeing in as they are seeing out. Since you’ll be changing in the room, it’s important that you design protection against peering eyes. Retractable screens are the perfect method for concealing your converted walk-in closet space. Select the privacy or block out mesh option to cater to your specific needs. You can deploy the screens whenever you enter the room to select an outfit.

Install storage units

The appeal of walk-in closets resides in the fact that they keep all of your garments and accessories in one place. A traditional closet may be too small to hold everything, forcing you to place your clothing in dressers. Install storage in your spare bedroom that will allow you to see all of your belongings at once. You’ll need spots for hanging and folding clothes, displaying shoes and showing off jewelry. You are more likely to wear the pieces you can see, so it’s important to optimize the space to fit the most items possible.

Getting custom storage is likely to ensure that the shelves and racks fit into the bedroom well, appearing as though they were always meant to be there. Of course, you may also choose more varied pieces that break up the space. Wall-mounted and floor-mounted are the two most common types of closet fixtures. The former is either drilled directly into the wall or the shelves are hung on tracks. Floor-mounted storage looks more like a built-in unit than a new feature. The look you want for your walk-in closet will determine which style you purchase.

Create flattering lighting

Install light fixtures that create a welcoming atmosphere. This room will become a space where you try on clothes and look in the mirror. You’re more likely to enjoy an outfit if the light flatters you. Avoid cold or harsh light as much as possible. Compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs’) are great because they consume less energy and last longer than incandescent bulbs, but their light is often uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can combat this problem without reverting to incandescent light by choosing fixtures that have warm-colored shades. For example, a hanging lamp that has an amber shade will warm the room’s atmosphere better than one with a white shade.

Consider adding track lighting to the actual storage units so that your clothing and accessories will be easy to see. These LED strips can be hung beneath a shelf, making them invisible. You can also buy colored lights for a bit of flare if you so desire.

Natural light is also inviting. Roll up your retractable screens while you’re in the room so that the sun lights your walk-in closet. Do note that ultraviolet rays from the sun can deteriorate the color of your clothing. Retractable screens help to block ultraviolet light from entering the house, so if your walk-in closet gets a lot of light, the screens are a necessity. Choose a mesh that will filter out those harmful rays.