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3 Makeover Tips for Bedroom Closet Organizers

Easy ways to improve your closet design and style.

Posted December 21st, 2010   |   Tags: Closet Design, Bedroom Closet Organizers, Closet Organizers
Bedroom Closet Organizers Makeover Tips

When most people I know think of bedroom closets, they often think of planning closet organizer systems, calculating measurements or building a custom closet from scratch.  While this can be true, there are many other aspects of design that are not as involved, which is great news for those who either already have bedroom closet organizers or don't want a complete closet remodel.

Updating bedroom closets can be as simple as adding new hardware or decorative accents... in other words, simple changes that can add plenty of pop to your bedroom closet.

Shelves to the Rescue!

RubberMaid Closet Shelving Kit 26 InchTripping over shoes, purses or boxes in your closet space?  To give your closet more function and a great open, uncluttered look, just add some shelves.  Adding shelving above a hanging closet rod or bare walls in a closet and giving items a home off the floor are great ideas for bedroom closet organizers.  Yes, it's functional, but it does add a great closet design element as well: the illusion of more space.  If the floor is cluttered, the closet can appear smaller and closed-in.

Makeover Tips
  • Ready-to-assemble RubberMaid Closet Shelving Kits can be purchased online at or retail home improvement stores.
  • You can also cut plywood sheets, add a bit of paint and a few wall brackets for homemade shelves.
  • If you are making the shelving, you can even measure your shoes or closet storage items and cut the shelves only as deep as needed to save even more space.

Add Some Color!

Bedroom Closet Organizers Makeover Tips Paint BrushRoses are Red, Violets are Blue... but wait.  What color is your closet? Whether your current closet wall color is primer white or an outdated avocado green, there's no reason why you can't spruce it up and add a splash (or many splashes) of color!  This is a personal favorite design idea for bedroom closet organizers... it's so simple.  Painting a small space such as a bedroom closet doesn't have to take long and it looks great after.

If you currently don't have shelving or fixtures on your closet wall, well... lucky you!  Painting will be a breeze.  But if you have installed bedroom closet organizers or other fixtures are in place, then it's best to purchase some painter's tape and tarps to protect any non-wall obstacle from the new paint.

Makeover Tips
  • Lighter paint colors work great with any color bedroom closet organizers or systems.
  • Darker colors absorb light and can make a space seem small. 
  • Leave the ceiling and trim white if possible.  This will help reflect light and add a great decorative touch.

Don't want to paint the wall, but still want some bright closet organization colors?  If your bedroom closet organizers are wood or another paintable surface, you can paint them as well or instead of painting the walls!

Give Fixtures and Hardware a Quick Makeover

Bedroom Closet Organizers Makeover Tips HardwareStill have the original light fixtures in your closet or the same door and drawer pulls on your bedroom closet organizers or systems?  A great way to add some zing to your bedroom closet organizers is to simply replace the hardware.  Online retailers, hardware stores, large mega-stores and local shops carry all types of hardware to choose from.

Makeover Tips
  • A simple light bulb with a dusty glass globe cover can be upgraded to something more modern. 
  • Change out standard hardware on your closet doors with something more to your liking and style.
  • Many modular or custom bedroom closet organizers have cabinet doors or drawers incorporated.  It's very simple to replace old drawer knobs with new ones.
  • This is also a great idea for kids bedroom closet organizers.  Door knobs and drawer pulls can be replaced with colorful hardware that is appealing to children.

Some home improvement projects can take weeks, but adding shelving, color and hardware to a closet can take less than a weekend and can be fun. Taking before and after photos can also help you see what a difference little changes can make.

What Do You Think?

These quick makeover tips are just a few quick projects to liven-up a closet space.  If you've got some quick tips, let us know!  Drop your favorite simple closet ideas in the comments section; we'd love to hear what others have done.

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Some other thoughts

Paint, Lighting, and Hardware

Paint will have the biggest impact on the room, if you are having a new system installed, make sure you choose a paint color that will go with the color of cabinets you will be getting. Standard white goes with anything, but cherry does not.

When it comes to lighting and you want a real dramatic effect, think about track lighting. It allows you to highlight areas of the closet where you want to be able to see the best, ie. drawers. This also allows you to highlight the best features of the closet.

Hardware is like the jewelry of a closet system. Moving away from the saggy wood bars to a metal bar in a color such as brushed nickel will have a dramatic effect on the appearance of the closet. The old plastic knobs can be changed out to a nice metal knob or something fun and whimsical. If you are the type of person that gets bored easily, make sure you go with a knob and not a handle (two holes). Handle widths come in a large range of sizes and once the drawers are drilled for a certain size of handle you will be stuck with that size of handle. The two most common sizes of handles in today's market are 96 and 128 mm. Take the old handle with you to the hardware store to make sure you have the right size and the right length and thread cut for the handles you are installing. Don't assume that everything in the package is going to work for you. Quite often the bolts are too long or short, and if you get new ones to replace the ones that came in the handle package, make sure they have the correct thread and screw in the handle with ease.

Posted by Steven Kerwick on Jan 16th, 2011

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