*This post is sponsored by EasyClosets…and by that I mean that I received the closet system for free in exchange for blog posts about the closet and my experience. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.*
When we bought our last house, the master closet had a single rod and shelf around the whole thing. From day one we planned to rip out that rod and build an actual closet system that utilized the space and gave us the storage we needed. A couple of months ago we sold our house after owning and working on it for eight years, and guess what the closet had in it? Yup, that exact same rod and shelf…because that’s the way life works.
Enter the new house. We designed it, built it, and moved in while it was still very unfinished. We’ve been in it about two months and while the house is amazing (or at least will be) the fact that there is no storage in our closets or cabinets or anyplace to put anything is starting to drive me crazy. With baby number four due tomorrow I may be freaking out a little, because the house is a hot mess and there isn’t much I can do about it.
(master bathroom/master closet floor plan in the new house.)
Enter evil nesting wife and (almost) mother of four…
Me: “Adam, I need a closet. I need a place to put things before this baby gets here. Everything is a disaster and it’s stressing me the heck out.”
Sweet helpful husband: “I can build a closet, just design what you want.”
Super pregnant wife: “Noooo no no no, that will take forever…I want something NOW.”
Slightly scared but supportive husband: “Okaaaaay… I can put a rod up in it tomorrow.”
Impossible to please wife: “Heck no…if we put a rod in it will never leave. We can’t do that either.”
Enter EasyClosets. EASY Closets…man that name appealed to me. It’s a custom closet system that you design online and it’s shipped to you ready to assemble. It’s not just a rod and it’s not something that will take months to build… it sounded like heaven. So I went online and designed a closet.
The design process was simple, even fun, and I created a closet that 100% fit our needs. We don’t plan on having our stuff anywhere else (no dressers in the bedroom or whatnot), so this closet had to fit everything. After I finished I had one of their designers look it over (which was super helpful), and I made a few changes based on her suggestions and then put that sucker on order.
A week or so later I had a closet system sitting in my bedroom. (Future bedroom…we were still sleeping in the kid’s bedroom until last week. We hoped to finish the ceiling in our bedroom before moving furniture in, but that didn’t happen.)
It was a ton of boxes (28, as pointed out by my friendly neighborhood UPS man) and each one was labeled with a very specific list of the contents. There were even two boxes that said “OPEN FIRST” and contained the instructions and important pieces so we could start without digging through each box.
So how easy is it to install an EasyCloset? Well, pretty easy. The system goes on a rail and once you have that in place it’s smooth sailing.
That being said, it’s an easy closet…not a magic closet. Even though putting it together is simple, it’s still work and takes time. For example, the drawers came assembled…but the knobs, drawer fronts, and drawer slides had to be installed separately.
It took us about three days of working on it in bits and pieces to get the closet put together. Although, it would have been quicker if it wasn’t for my big, stupid mistake.
So when you design the closet online the first step is to enter the measurements of your space. So I measured our closet (multiple times!), plugged them into the computer, and got to designing. Come to find out, I measured wrong. I put in that the back wall was 127 inches when it was really it’s only 126 and change. I don’t know if maybe the wall is slightly crooked, or if I have a faulty tape measure, or if I’m just terrible at measuring (it’s the last one), but the closet system was too long and didn’t fit.
So instead of everything clipping together in a few short minutes, I stuck Adam with re-measuring everything, cutting down shelves and rods, and jury-rigging it in a few places. I’m sure EasyClosets would have been happy to help in this situation (we didn’t ask), but neither one of us wanted to wait…so we made it work.
Moral of the story is make sure you don’t have a faulty tape measure when you are figuring out the exact dimensions of your space. Faulty tape measures are everywhere y’all, and you don’t want to end up as one of their unsuspecting victims.
ANYWAY, you want to see it all put together? Do you want to see the first finished space in the whole house?!
I can’t even tell you how excited my super pregnant, nesting self is about having a finished space in this house. I can’t wait to get all our clothes out of the garbage bags and piles they have been in for months and organized into a real closet. As soon as that is finished (hopefully before the baby comes) I’ll give you a tour and show you some of the cool details (like a jewelry tray and hidden hamper!).
I’ll leave you with a real life shot of the master bathroom, which you have to walk through to get to the closet. Baby step y’all, baby steps.
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