TRANSFORMING CLOSETS INTO USABLE SPACE

Posted by Judy Cholfe on Monday, December 1, 2014 Under: Repurposing

TRANSFORMING CLOSETS INTO USABLE SPACE

TRANSFORMING CLOSETS INTO USEABLE SPACE

Well hello everyone! I hope all of you on the American side of the border had an amazing Thanksgiving? I was fortunate enough to have a son living across the border, come home for the weekend, and we got to see the Toronto son at the same time.

I’ve had my Christmas decorations up, both inside and out, for a little while already, but at the moment, there is absolutely no snow, (unlike Buffalo)……Hopefully, there will be snow on the ground for Christmas, (then it can go away again). When you live in Canada, it’s just not the same if there is no snow!!!!

If you live in a very small space, you are well aware of the value of every inch of your living foot-print. You have to come up with very ingenious ways to multi-purpose your storage, your furniture uses, and even the vertical spaces available to you.

Think out of the box with regards to a closet that is not being used to its fullest potential, and transform it into a totally different space….be it something you really need or something that you’ve always wanted…..

MAKE A HOMEWORK SPACE
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Apply a coat of chalkboard paint to closet walls for a distraction-free space. If your child needs help with their homework, use some chalk to work out the problem.

DESIGN A KID’S HIDEOUT
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Cut a foam mattress pad to fit the size of the closet floor. Toss in some pillows, line shelves with books, and create soft lighting.

DIY CANOPY BED
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Remove closet doors and push the crib against the inside wall. Perfect for kids that share a room.

MAKE A WORKSHOP
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Find a permanent home for bulky sewing machines inside an organized closet. Stow fabrics in woven bins.

DESIGN AN INVISIBLE OFFICE 
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Interior designer Killy Scheer created a modern, out-of-the-way office that disappears when you want it to. Hang pretty curtains along the closet rod to cover up the space when you’re ready to relax.

MAKE EXTRA SEATING
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To maximize a tiny playroom, turn the closet into a couch for kids to play and read.

CREATE A CHANGING STATION
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Push bulky furniture out of the way and save space in the nursery.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BRIGHT SPACES
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If your home office is windowless and gloomy, set up shop in the sunniest room in the house. Open closet doors and find a desk that fits perfectly into the allotted space.

MAKE A DOUBLE-DUTY READING NOOK
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For a 2-second home project, place pillows and a furry rug (like this one from Ikea) on the closet floor. Pull back the curtain and invite kids to read in a space that’s the perfect size for them. Keep cloths hanging.

DISPLAY ART
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If your apartment lacks wall space, use the closet as an expressive extension. Apply a coat of paint to create an accent wall. Use the back wall to display wall decals and framed photos.

APPLY A STRIP OF WALLPAPER
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Add dimension to the room without having to wallpaper an entire wall. Find graphic removable wallpapers here

CREATE A SLEEPING NOOK.
Stephanie Strickland; Lauren Spain / Via apartmenttherapy.com
Move your bed into the closet (just make sure you measure it correctly before moving). If you have to ditch the headboard, pick up some bed legs (like these from Ikea; $20).

CRAFT YOUR OWN BAR
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Either install countertops or use a marble-topped desk in an irregularly-shaped closet for a modern wet bar. Add two stools so guests can pour, sit, and chat.

ENJOY A WINE CELLAR
stonecreekfurniture.com
Install a wine refrigerator in your closet or just stack a few wine racks (like thesefrom Walmart; $65 each) to store your precious vino.

CREATE A MINI LAUNDROMAT
paradiseclosets.com
Remove closet doors for extra space that can accommodate a washer, dryer, and shelves.

MAKE A SUPER STORAGE SYSTEM
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Keep important papers organized with a series of shelves and a rolling file cabinet. If you’re a photo junkie, create your own picture library with labeled boxes and rows of photo albums.

READ IN A LITTLE LIBRARY
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Build a simple bench, add a cushion, and arrange your child’s favorite books to create the perfect reading nook.

MAKE A FAMILY FORT
apartmenttherapy.com
Take doors off their hinges, drop in a mattress, and nail up a few blankets for a cozy space to hang.


These are all very minor changes, but give you a wealth of hidden, or un-used space…….
Make the space totally custom to you and your family’s needs….


At this time of year, everyone is so busy….I would be more than happy to decorate your home for the holidays with your own decorations, or purchase brand new. Together, we can add pieces to enhance a theme that you already have going on, or develop a totally different setting, be it “Country”, “Totally Glam”, “Traditional red and Green”, or a fabulous “Deep Purple and Silver”, or “Turquoise”. The choices are limitless!

Have fun getting ready for the Christmas season…Until next time, Judy


Contact me if you would like to set up an appointment, or have questions you need answered, at (705)727-6282 or jcredesigns@gmail.com….I can assist you with a Redesign Consult, a full Redesign or Staging, Down-Sizing/Transitioning to a smaller house or apartment, 
De-Cluttering, Proper Furniture Placement, Colour Consult, or be your Personal Shopper for that perfect accessory to complete your redesign.

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Judy Cholfe Hi, thanks for stopping by! I am Judy Cholfe, IRP...(Interior Redesign Professional), owner/operator of JC Redesigns, Interior Redesign/Staging-- Servicing Simcoe County and GTA. (705)727-6282 jcredesigns@gmail.com Decorating is my passion and I want to share that passion with you, the client..... I want to energize, motivate, and inspire people to do something fun and creative in their own homes. I also totally love anything DIY.

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