Unhinging the Closet Doors

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 20 Jan, 2016
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What do you think of your closet doors? Nowadays we see closets with a wide variety of door options. There are reach-in closets with folding doors and accordion panels, sliding doors, pocket doors, French doors, barn doors, and single swing-out doors that take a lot of room space to open. Because of the space that is lost to […] 
What do you think of your closet doors? Nowadays we see closets with a wide variety of door options. There are reach-in closets with folding doors and accordion panels, sliding doors, pocket doors, French doors, barn doors, and single swing-out doors that take a lot of room space to open.
Because of the space that is lost to accommodate a door, it can sometimes make sense to have a closet or pantry that is doorless.
Does the thought of that make you cringe? Well, here are some scenarios in which losing the door makes sense.
  1. Your closet has mostly shelves or cubbies. In general, it is not attractive to display hanging items. For a doorless closet to be attractive, we want our items to fit into attractive containers and cubby spaces that will flatter the room’s décor.
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  3. You have contents that display well without containers. For example, a pantry may have a collection of lovely vintage bowls and a stand mixer that look great all on their own-or-you may have a closet that stores vases and other home décor items that happen to look great
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  5. Your closet doors encroach on a walk-thru area or other entryway. For example, a hallway closet that runs into the door space of the coat closet-or-a basement door that can’t be opened until the garage door is closed.
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  7. You can decorate the closet back wall to compliment the main room it is in. This could include painting, hanging wall paper, or having a mirror-backed wall–just to name a few ideas. It may also mean using shelving that matches the woodwork in the parent room.
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  9. You have internal closet walls that can be used better if the door didn’t cover this space when opened. For example, you may wish to have a closet wall full of hooks or a wall with a full-length mirror but the door makes this wall space difficult to reach when opened.
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