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A craft closet. It may seem like a dream to you but it is far more attainable than you may think. I recently had the privilege of working with EasyClosets to create my ultimate craft closet! They provided me with product for this post however all opinions are my own. I want to walk you through the closet design and installation process today. Yes you get a brief peek into the “after” of my new organized closet, but just you wait…I will have a full reveal along with a tour of all the features soon.
Craft Closet Before
What is an after without a before? I started with a bit of a mess. You see I had made myself a closet for my craft supplies a few years ago. So why did it look like the below mess? There was one problem with this system. It didn’t fit my needs. It was a few wire shelves, some baskets I had collected, and nothing to really keep the space looking organized and put together.
Designing a Craft Closet
So my craft closet was a mess. What was I to do? Enter EasyClosets. I started this entire process with a design. You can actually design the closet of your dreams right on their website…for free! Just click “start designing” and you will come to this screen. I decided to design my own closet (with a little help from them). EasyClosets has professional closet designers that will actually design your space for you. And yes access to their designers is (again) free! Awesome, right?
They actually have solutions for a wide variety of spaces. We are talking all about my craft closet here but if you have other areas in your home, you can do a custom design for those as well.
The website walks you through the process of picking your closet type.
And even measuring YOUR closet so that you can see what this will look like in your space.
Once you enter all of your specifications, a sample closet will come up on your screen. Now we get to the fun part! Customization options. The possibilities are endless and I found the website super easy to use. You can pick your width, accessories, finishes, and more. The best part? That price quote in the corner is live. Every time you pick an option you can see exactly what that does to your budget. I love that!
I set to work designing what I thought was the perfect closet for my needs. Then I was assigned the fabulous Denise as my designer (a special thank you to Denise for all the help!) You see my closet had a few challenges that were really unique to my space. However, with the custom options, they were easy to design around. We went through many designs and quite a few emails and phone calls. You can see a few of our options below. However, we finally settled on the perfect design that worked in my space, gave me the storage I needed, and also was cleared through the EasyClosets designer for function.
Craft Closet Installation
The order was placed for my closet system and the DIY portion of this project began. I actually thought it would be fun for you to see the entire process in under 2 minutes. I did a really short time lapse video just so you can get from before to after quickly! Watch it below.
Now for all of the details that you just watched. I started by clearing everything out of the existing space.
I removed all of those wire shelves and supports.
Filled in all of those holes (and there were many!)
I wanted to paint the inside of the closet a dark grey to really make my gorgeous craft closet pop!
All that was left was to patiently wait for my boxes to arrive. I didn’t have to wait long however. The shipping was free and SUPER fast! EasyClosets actually makes and ships their product right from Michigan so you can feel good about supporting an American company. The UPS truck unloaded an insane amount of boxes. Where to start? Well….the EasyClosets people have thought of everything because they even tell you what to open first.
Your instructions for installation are conveniently located in the open first box.
The instructions are actually custom as well. They are literally directions for installing the system that I designed complete with illustrations. I breathed a sigh of relief. I know you have all put together IKEA furniture and know it can be a pain to follow some of these DIY kits. This one however was a breeze! There are also great videos on installation on the EasyClosets website that I highly recommend viewing. If you have trouble during the install, EasyClosets is just a phone call away and they were extremely helpful. I had a question and gave them one call during my installation.
Also in that “open first” box was all of the hardware. No hunting for screws during this process!
The first step is to take an inventory and make sure you have everything that you ordered. They make this process so super simple. Each box is labeled with the contents and these match up to a list in your instructions. Super simple. A few notes here about packaging. Everything was packaged so well. I really couldn’t believe it! The packaging is super sturdy to keep your precious components perfect until your install. I actually had a huge order and one single drawer box had a small crack. They sent a replacement immediately no questions asked. I was super impressed!
The next step is to organize all of your materials so you know where everything is. I also put together any pieces that I could, including the drawers.
Now we have a blank slate and all of the pieces ready to go in.
Start by marking your studs and vertical panel locations on the wall. I used two different colors of masking tape for this task.
Because the stud location on your wall determine rail length, the steel rail needs to be cut on site. We used a rotary cutter but a hacksaw will also work.
You then secure the rail to the wall using the instructions given in your manual. Read these carefully! This is what holds up your custom closet system and you want everything to be secure. Use the mounting hardware they give you including toggle bolts for areas where there is no stud. When complete, everything should be level and straight and ready for your craft closet.
Next the vertical panels and cam shelves are installed.
The cam shelves are not adjustable and they are what holds the entire system together. Don’t worry, EasyClosets will tell you exactly where these should go!
Because of my closet design, EasyClosets recommended a cleat to go under the entire system. I added this next by attaching to the studs. This gave extra stability in my case. See the L-bracket under that shelf? Yes, you also add those and yes, they also go into the studs. This system is not going anywhere!
You can then start adding in drawers.
And also wire baskets if you have them in your design.
It was beginning to look like a craft closet at this point! I will say that I found the installation straight forward and a perfect weekend project. I actually did almost everything myself. My husband helped with holding a few pieces when I was doing the top cam shelves, however, that was it. I am short y’all…what can I say!
So the above picture looks great but that rail is seriously breaking up my pretty painted wall. EasyClosets has a solution for that as well! They send you a rail cover that you can cut to size and even paint! I painted them to match my wall and snapped them on.
Next, I started adding in the adjustable shelves and completing the installation portion of this project.
I then started filling it up and adding on some accessories for organization.
Craft Closet After
Are you just dying? I know I am! We will look at the organization options and accessories in another post. You all are not going to believe some of the options I added. I won’t give it away but I think you will be blown away. Until then, head to EasyClosets and start designing your own craft closet — or heck any closet! It can totally just be for fun and to see virtually what it could look like. It is sometimes fun to dream. However, it is even more fun to work in an organized space like this one. I officially have the ultimate craft closet right in my own home!