Just about any homeowner would love to have a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, however many older homes were not designed with one. So when the bedroom is really large, and the closet is really small, you have the perfect opportunity to add a walk-in closet. If you’re skilled at construction, this is a great DIY project; if not, you can hire a professional contractor to do the job.
Step 1: Mapping Out a Plan Before doing anything else, carefully measure the area that is to become the closet. There is no set size for a closet, so use the available space to its best advantage. Measure all three dimensions of the space, keeping in mind that doors need clearance to open. Consider the room's floor plan, and remember that no furniture should obscure the closet door. Decide if the closet door will open to the inside or outside of the closet, and keep that fact in mind while designing the functionality of the space.
Step 2: Tools and Material Basic tools for the job include a saw, hammer, and a putty knife, protective eyewear, nails, 2 x 4's, drywall tape and mud, drywall, paint, primer and sandpaper. Before beginning each step, consider what tools and materials are required.
Step 3: Basic Structure Once tools and materials are assembled, it is time to begin framing the closet space. Measure out the space and mark the floor. Remove any carpeting that may be in the way on the floor, and do it carefully if the piece is to be reused. With the 2x4's, begin to frame out the doorway and walls of the closet. Use a plumb line and level to make sure that construction is square. In an older home shims may be required if the house has done much settling.
Step 4: Filling in the Gaps When framing is complete, install drywall on the wall's frames. Drywall will be hung on both sides of the wall so that the closet is finished both inside and out. Use drywall tape and mud to finish off the surface of the wall. Keep transitions between each piece of drywall smooth so that the wall has a professionally built appearance.
Step 5: Finish the Walls Once the drywall is hung, prime and paint the walls. Now it is time to install trim, baseboard and molding. Finish off the door jamb to prepare for the door's installation. Painting the trim before hanging it will cut down substantially on painting time.
Step 6: Finish Up Hang a traditional, hinged door, and use a level to make sure that it is straight. This is probably the easiest and most cost effective choice for a closet door.
Now it is time for finishing touches, so reposition the carpet inside the closet and install hanging rods and shelving. Take some time to design the inside of the closet to use every available square inch of space.
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