Reader Project: Bedroom Closet to Cabinet Transformation

Three big drawers in this bedroom closet take the place of a dresser, and there’s a slide out laundry hamper. Big doors conceal a changing table.

Before his son arrived, Brett Gardner transformed this bedroom from floor to ceiling. He didn’t want to crowd the small room with furniture, so he converted the closet into space-efficient, multipurpose, built-in cabinetry. Three big drawers take the place of a dresser, and there’s a slide out laundry hamper. Big doors conceal a changing table. When diapering days are over, Brett will install a closet rod for hanging clothes in that space. The coat hooks and shelves to the left are recessed into the wall between studs.

“I declared the room off-limits to my wife, worked like mad for two months and unveiled the finished project on Mother’s Day.” — Brett Gardner

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