Home Improvement #1

Problem: Master bedroom clothes storage

Description: This room, prior to a previous set of remodels, likely was the entry to one of the duplex units of this house. Then with aforementioned remodels, the back of the house was added onto and the size of this room increased. When we moved in, there were four doors- one to the main part of the house, one to the outside (used to be the front door), one to another bedroom (now the kid’s room) and one to the attic. We got rid of two- the exterior door and attic door, but in the process, lost ‘closet’ space, as the landing to the attic stairway was used as a closet (ie. it had a wooden bar to hang clothes). The above picture and a series of laundry baskets has served as our clothes storage for the 5 months we’ve lived here (pretty sad, huh?)

Solution: Rig some Ikea Stolmen units into a sleek minimalist floating dresser by mounting them to the wall, inspired from this Ikea Hacker project.

Description: We liked the idea of a dresser, but couldn’t find one we both like that served as enough storage for anything less than buying a car. Putting our design snobbery aside, we decided on modifying these Ikea units to make a minimalist linear dresser of sorts. Each unit is 43″ long and 22″ deep, with nice 9″ high drawers. Perfect solution for holding our usual everyday arsenal of clothes- jeans and t-shirts. We have a closet in the Office for items requiring hanging and a closet in the entry for coats, so things like rain jackets and my, um, prom dress have homes there. This was a pretty cheap and easy modification, each unit is hung from the wall by two 6″ angle brackets picked up at Home Depot (aka. Home Desperate) for about $2. Each Stolmen unit was $100 at Ikea in Renton. So for roughly $230 (including tax and meatballs) we have sleek bedroom storage. Pics of the process:

Use a stud finder to locate studs:
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Lay out location of brackets on wall and Stolmen units, ensuring the brackets are level and screws will hit the center of the studs:
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Prepare brackets for installation:
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Mount brackets to wall using 3″ sturdy steel screws, checking and rechecking they are level:
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Use a utility knife to cut an opening for the bracket to slip into through the particle backing board of the unit. Attach angle bracket from inside using 3/4″ screws up into the top horizontal piece of the unit. Install drawers, step back and enjoy your handiwork:
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On a side note, in the above pic, you can kinda see where the exterior door used to be since the baseboard is missing from that area. The only lightswitch to the room was to the left of the door, so one would have to walk all the way across the room to turn the lights on. We have filled in the door and electrical box, pulled wires for a new switch by the main door, but the room still has no electricity (hence the outlet hanging out of the wall below the dresser units) and no new lights.

More pics:
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The one downside is these units are made to attach to a pole system, so they have pre-drilled holes on the surface. Not too noticeable from far away, but up close make it look a little messy and unfinished. The top surface can easily be covered with another material, I think we will get a Chilewich runner to lay over the top surface:
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~ by gdesign on October 3, 2007.

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