Day 23: November 21, 2012
Then the mudding and sanding process started.
In between the cycles of mudding, dry time and sanding, we were in our master bedroom installing a new closet system. In our first home, we installed custom closets in all three bedrooms and the foyer closet. They were amazing and made our lives (and clothes) much more organized. I used to work at an organizational retail store where we designed custom closets, so I already had the closet design in mind. However, we did not know which closet system to purchase. Since my days of working in the retail world, that company moved out of the Midwest. 🙁 I was really perplexed at going away from the track and rail system I was very familiar with. I also really wanted to support the company I used to work for. But, shipping from the West Coast really did not make sense.
So, we decided to search for a new track and rail closet system that was available locally. After visiting and researching multiple closet options, we ended up going with a Closet Maid system from Home Depot. This was a very difficult decision for me. You might call me a “closet-snob” or scared to go out of unknown-closet-territory. I really wanted to make sure we loved this closet just as much as the closets in our town home. If any of my previous coworkers are reading this, please know that I still feel guilty about purchasing this closet system. Be proud that I did NOT buy from our main competitor. 😉
Design and install wise the system is very similar to what we installed in our first home. Paul installed the rail (top horizontal piece which the tracks hang from) for me and left me to finish the rest of the install.
I laid out all of the accessories to install and gathered my screw gun, level and rubber mallet.
Tracks, closets and brackets laid out on the floor.
After Paul hung the rail at the top, I hung the tracks. After these were in place, I worked from the top to the bottom to install the brackets, wire shelving and finished up by hanging the rod brackets and hanging rods. This closet is really hard to photography so photos are not the best- apologies.
There were a few frustrating moments (honestly, I think that happens with any closet install- some experiences being far worse than others). When I think back to the time, I was actually recovering from having the flu for a week straight. It was horrible. So, not feeling 100% at the time may have triggered some of my frustrations. I did have to return to the Home Depot three additional times during the process. I switched up the design mid-install so I had to return and purchase different product. The photo below is a shot of the right side, which is Paul’s side of the closet. It first looked like this, before I switched up the design. He decided he wanted drawers for socks and undies. So I had to return one shelf, brackets and purchase two single drawers.
The left side of the closet is my side. Very simple layout- two shelves, with double hanging and a slanted shoe shelf on the bottom. The middle section has five mini shelves which are great for folded jeans, sweaters and baskets to hold tank tops.
Again, on Paul’s side, after switching up the design. He now has two single drawers with one shelf and hanging above. It’s not pictured here, but we moved the bottom shoe shelf to the middle of the two drawers and added an additional hanging. Since he keeps most of his shoes in the entry way closet, he didn’t feel there was a need for the shoe shelf.
The original closet was much simpler. It included one very long particle board shelf and a wooden dowel for hanging. The whole thing was about ready to rip out of the wall due to it’s age, poor design and install. It was time for an upgrade.
The upgrade offers a better use of space, more storage and should never fall off the wall (hopefully).
After using the system for a year now, my only complaint is the small diameter of the hanging rods. My hangers get caught up the rod brackets when sliding clothes back and forth because of it. In the end, the new closet was successfully installed and still hangs on the wall today. Have you ever used Closet Maid systems before? What was your experience? We are looking to start upgrading another closet in the house and debating about using the same system again.