I am so excited to share today’s post with you all! I am talking all about my closet design process. I’m sharing where in our home we decided my closet should go and am taking you through the whole process for how we came up with my closet design. I’m also sharing what’s to come for the rest of the space!
In our house we have four bedrooms. The smallest of the rooms is just off the kitchen and while it’s technically a bedroom because it has a closet, it was used before as an office and that is what we knew we wanted to use it for, also. We have pretty good closet space in our home, especially considering it’s a 1950’s home, but I would have to split my clothes between several different closets to make it work. We decided we’d use our fourth bedroom as not only my office, but also my closet.
My Cloffice (Closet + Office) was the room I wanted to focus on finishing first. I know, priorities. Any time I’ve moved, which has almost been every year for the past 12+ years, I always like to get my closet organized first. It helps me feel like things are more in order. Plus, it’s what I’m using from the get go every day. As I mentioned in my first A Lo Abode post, I like to approach the decorating process with bigger items and then start tackling the details in (generally) one room at a time. Otherwise, I get distracted and have a hard time focusing in on all the details.
I’ve gone so long without a true work space for my blog, that I wanted to get my Cloffice in order first so that I felt more organized and like I was making progress with overall decor. I also was just so excited to finally have a creative and dedicated space for my business!
WORKING WITH IKEA
As long as I’ve been dreaming of a big closet space, I’ve had my eye on the IKEA PAX wardrobe system. If it doesn’t ring a bell, I’m sure you’ve seen images of it before and maybe just didn’t know where it was from or what it is called. I wanted to be able to customize a closet system to meet my needs with shelving, hanging space, and drawers. The PAX was the perfect solution, so I reached out to my local IKEA– IKEA Frisco about working together on my Cloffice.
I set up an appointment in the IKEA Frisco Design Center to work with an expert to design my closet. For a small fee, you can set up an hour long meeting where someone will help you design the perfect system for your needs. They do this with the PAX wardrobe, but it’s available for anything you may need help with. The Design Center is beautiful and the team working there is not only so knowledgeable, but also friend and patient.
First, I found some online inspiration and measured my space. Then, I went into my meeting and we started by first selecting the size combinations of the frames. They come in several size and height options, so we worked through the best way to maximize the wall in my Cloffice that I wanted to use for the wardrobe. Next, we went through each frame and decided what they would be best used for. I love for things to align and be symmetrical when possible, so lining up some of my drawers and shelves in the center was important to me. We decided where my hanging clothes would go first, then designed around those spaces.
You can decide everything from the color, door style, shelving, and style of your wardrobe system. With so many small decisions to be made, it’s so amazing to have someone to bounce ideas off of and help you come up with the best solution! We made tweaks and adjustments to the shelving and drawers and then went into the details. We determined what each of the drawers or pull out trays would be used for and then went into choosing accessories such as dividers and liners.
When you set up a design meeting, they are actually creating your design on a computer in front of you so you can see a virtual design of it. This helps you really see how it will all look in the space! I left with all the details about my design and the info I would need for it to be correctly installed. We all decided I would utilize two white BILLY bookcases for all of my shoes so that my PAX could strictly be clothing and other accessories!
I paid to have IKEA deliver and install my PAX closet system and my BILLY bookcases the day before we moved into our house. I honestly was shocked at how easy they made it all looked! I met a team of two to let them in and they set everything up in a few hours. While it’s definitely something we could have done ourselves, we knew with everything else we had going on between home updates and moving that it would be so helpful. I am so glad that we decided on this because it made everything so much easier and stress free!
I’m still working on a few details for my Cloffice space like curtains, art, and a few decorative accents, but I should have it all finished to share in the next few weeks! I cannot wait to show you all my entire Cloffice reveal and share all of the details with you. It has already made life and working on my blog from home so much easier. It is so much more meaningful to have this space after going so long trying to do everything from a one bedroom apartment. I am so grateful for it and absolutely love how it is turning out! It will probably be the space you all see the most of on my Instagram and stories. I’ll be sharing try on sessions, mirror selfies, and day to day interactions from my Cloffice regularly!
Photos by Vanessa Christina Photography
Thank you so much to IKEA Frisco for collaborating on designing the custom closet space of my dreams. IKEA Frisco provided me with my PAX furniture and I paid for my BILLY bookcases and the installation on my own. As always, all opinions are my own.
Ugh, I love Ikea so much! I’m all for affordable furniture. When I get my own place I’m definitely shopping there, haha! 😀
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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