We live in a house that was built to be a vacation home. We like it because the view is incredible and we get to see it every single day.
But people don't tend to use closets when they are on vacation -- they just live out of a suitcase.
I guess the people who built this house knew that, because they decided to make the closets teeny-tiny and very few. Add the fact that although our house looks enormous from the outside, it is actually only about 1800 sq. feet. That may be plenty of space for most people, but we are a family of six. And we home school. (Have you ever seen how many books one can accumulate after 13+ years of home schooling? I need a room dedicated just to school supplies.) And we run two separate home offices. And we keep supplies for a ton of DIY projects. And we need to store all the necessary lake toys. And we have a zoo's worth of pets. And did I mention that they didn't plan for any real storage space when they built this place? But, hey, it has four bathrooms, so you never have to go far if you need to...well.. go.
I decided that enough was enough. I was tired of tripping over storage boxes. Something had to be done.
If I was one of those really cool bloggers, (you know, the ones who moonlight as carpenters/designers/home-improvement-show-guest-hosts/computer-tech-gurus all without ever breaking a sweat or a fingernail), I would post a tutorial about how to build a high-tech walk-in closet that hydaulically rises out of the floor at the push of a button all for under $100. But I am not that really cool blogger. I'm just a mom who was desperate to stop tripping over all the things I didn't have room to store.
I didn't want to do anything permanent. At least that's what I told myself. Secretly, just between you and me, my carpentry skills are sadly lacking in the carpentry department. I can wield a saw and a drill with the best of them. It's just that you can't tell what I was trying to build when I'm done. So we will stick with the "non-permanent" story. Incidentally, this idea would work great for rental apartments and homes provided your landlord lets you poke holes in the walls. So really, I was testing a non-permanent storage solution for all my apartment friends. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
So here is the room before I added my storage area. Here's a little side note. The bedspread is a quilt topper I made before my last child was born. I wanted it to be ready for her when she came. She was born 3 years ago and that quilt still isn't finished. Sigh...
Here is the same room after I added the storage:
All I did was purchase King size flat sheets from Walmart for about $10 each. For my wall, I needed 3. Just measure your wall and add extra for the pleating. My wall was 2 king sheets wide, so I added a third for the pleating. You don't have to be exact about it. Then I grabbed a staple gun (glue guns and staple guns are about as close to power tools as I usually get. I notice they are both guns. Do you think I have a gun fetish?) I stapled the sheets to the ceiling in a straight line (make a plumb line, if necessary), folding the pleats as I went. I used the wide hem on the sheet as a guide and then just let it fold over the staples to hide them when I was done. Here is a closer look:
I treat the sheets as the new "wall". When I want to access my "closet", I just pull the sheet back and go inside. I'll let you have a peak in my storage closet, but be forewarned. It is organized, but it isn't neat. Those really cool bloggers I was talking about would have this all color coded, etc. My storage area is labeled and organized, though. That will just have to do. Besides, it even has a walk way. Surely that counts for something, right?
There you have it. Storage where there was none. :)