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Ultimate Man Closet

Before the holidays, I wrote a post about my friend Ryan's closet.  He recently moved and I told him I would help him get set-up in his new house.  It is the second year I have done this, with my first being my friend  Randi's closet which was done last December

Thanks to everyone who provided tips for the makeover.  There were two in particular that I modeled the closet after:  

The first came from Taulpaul who said…I
typically hang everything but sweaters and t-shirts. If I were to redo
my closet, I would find a way to bring the shoes to a middle tier in
the closet. They are hard to get to through the heavy coats and pants
when they are on the floor.

tonya said…I
think especially for men it's beneficial to have the most you can
hanging so it's easy to flip through without creating a mess and easily
encourages them to hang stuff back up. I prefer a pants on the bottom
and shirts on top 2 rows of hanging space to maximize space.

Set-up was a breeze.  As much as I like re-organizing things, it is nice to start from scratch!  Also, Ryan had used a dresser for most of his tee shirts and jeans, so we really only had to organize the work attire.

We used a Homefree Closet System as the base for the project.    This system is flexible, so we were able to modify and change things around as we were installing to be able to set the closet up exactly how we wanted it.  We used a Deluxe, because it includes 2 extender brackets that allow you to go down further in the closet to hang more shelving which we knew was important with the shoes.

In the end, this was the final design:


Although I am hesitant to admit this (Betty and our closet product engineer might tease me), the biggest lesson I learned was to follow the installation directions.   The instructions indicate how high to start the top horizontal rail (which is the basis for the system), but we hung it a little bit lower to make more room at the top of the closet.   I have done this before and it worked out fine.  However, I am 5 ' 2", and my clothes are a just a wee bit shorter than Ryan's who is probably over 6' tall.  Luckily, it ended up working out just perfectly, but if I were to do it again, I would start at the exact point the directions told us to avoid a little bit of the stress. 

Thanks all for your help and I can't wait to see what next year's New Years Eve makeover will be!

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    Thanks! I’ll be saving these ideas for when I build my new closet in the spring. Dane

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    Thanks so much!

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