Master Closet Plans & Linen Niche

October 14th, 2013

Because the house is moving forward so quickly, I’ve been working feverishly to design all the closets, built-ins, and storage niches. One of the best parts of being married to a carpenter is having awesome custom closets. The layout in our master closet is kind of tricky. At the last minute we decided to add a washer/dryer hook up, so that makes for some odd spaces. I spent some time the other night figuring out how to maximize the space, and here’s my semi-final master closet layout:

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I wanted to go with an “executive depth” for the clothes hanging cabinets. So that they hold the full depth of the clothes providing more of a built-in look. I looked at about a million closets online, but my favorite were by Sawdust Girl. Her master closet is a sight to behold, and exactly the kind of ambiance I’d like to have in my closet. Here’s her pretty closet:

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Following her general direction/style, I designed this side of the closet with 1 cabinet for long coats/dresses, 3 cabinets for shirts/pants, and 1 cabinet for shoes/baskets/sweaters. To leave some room to access the washer/dryer, and accompanying laundry cabinet, I put hooks on the wall for hoodies, purses, and anything else we’d like to quickly hang.

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On the opposite side of the closet there is the doorway to the bathroom so there is only room for 4 cabinets. I designed it the same as the other side but with one less shirt hanging cabinet.

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Then finally, the side of the closet where the washer/dryer is in a recessed part of the wall. Mr. Project will build a cabinet that will house laundry supplies and most likely cleaning supplies for the bathroom, and things like toilet paper etc. It will be the “utility” part of the closet.
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So thats the general idea for our master closet. I know things will change up a bit when building the final product, and working through layout issues etc. But for now it’s an awesome start, and i just can’t wait to actually use the space!!

On to the linen niche! When we were designing the house, our drafter kept throwing in linen closets. But I didn’t want just a little closet with a door or two that would inevitably hide a bunch of junk just shoved in there. I wanted a beautiful built-in cabinet with glass doors.

Below you can see the linen niche in the hallway (you can also see the master closet layout below that).

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And here is my design for the space:

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 11.50.59 PMPlenty of cupboard and drawer space on the bottom, and then above, open cabinets for decorations and folded towels flanked on each side by a counter-to-ceiling cabinet with 2 small drawers and a glass door where there will be more folded linens and probably patterned baskets.

The countertop will be a solid walnut slab of wood, and the cabinets will be painted white. I’m really excited for the idea of having a beautiful built-in cabinet in the in the hallway to house linens and accessories.

6 Responses to “Master Closet Plans & Linen Niche”

  1. Sheri says:

    Looks great! You will LOVE having a W/D in your closet! We built our house last year and had one added even though our laundry room is already upstairs. We get really strange reactions from people though about it, like we’re crazy or something. We absolutely love it though:)

  2. Yolanda says:

    Washer & dryer in the master closet? Genius!

  3. Jen Allyson says:

    We’ve had a few people think we’re crazy too! I think it’s the best idea ever. With little kids EVERYONE’s laundry ends up in our master bathroom/closet area. This way I can just shove it all in the washer and be done with it!

  4. SondaT says:

    Looks amazing! Only suggestion i have is to make sure you have a vent fan in that closet since you will have a w/d so you dont get mold.

  5. Jen says:

    I want a W/D too and my hubby thought I was crazy. I hope I can convince the plumber to do it anyway. haha. What is with designers and linen closets? We had that too I pulled them out and designed a hutch also! Love yours so much! Does Mr. Project ship?

  6. jenallyson says:

    The W/D in the master closet is going to be my favorite. Mr. Project doesn’t do laundry so he said whatever… he pretty much says whatever to all of my choices :D I’m so glad you decided to do a hutch too! Its obviously the BEST choice. I wish Mr. Project shipped – or drove stuff out to California personally so we could see all our old friends, but he’s too busy doing all my projects!!

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