No Closet, No Problem (Bedroom Makeover | ORC, Fall 2021, Week 4)

Our small-space closet solution came from the kitchen.

Design is about compromise.

When we moved from a big house to a smaller one, we embraced the many changes. One of the most significant shifts was living with less. Shedding stuff became an imperative because with five of us, there just wasn't the room for it. But even more importantly, there just wasn't the will. Our desire to accumulate the unnecessary was lost. Instead, less became luxury.

So it challenged us to make choices. Compromises. What to keep? What to give away? When designing our spaces, we had to think very carefully about priorities and make trade-offs.

This brings us to Week 4 of the #OneRoomChallenge. The week of the bedroom closet, or really, the kitchen cabinet.


The One Room Challenge™ occurs in April and October. Each round, twenty design influencers take the challenge as Featured Designers. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress over six weekly posts (bumped to eight weeks due to the pandemic). Better Homes and Gardens is the official media sponsor.


Everyone with a blog or Instagram account is welcome to join as a Guest Participant by linking their own room transformations up each Thursday, flooding the internet and social media with interior design inspiration, ideas, and encouragement. You can also visit the One Room Challenge to follow along and cheer on the hundreds of home-loving kings and queens working their magic.


This is our third #OneRoomChallenge and being involved has certainly spurred us on to keep improving and #LovingLeuty. So far, we've chronicled the transformation of our backyard into a cutting garden and flower studio (see here) and overhauled a laundry/bathroom (see here). Now, we're making over our main bedroom. Please come along.

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 (you are here) | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 |

A Temporary Closet Solution Led To A Permanent One

The main drawback to our primary bedroom is that it has no built-in closet and really no where to put one. We toyed around with multiple scenarios on how we could get a proper closet in here. We even thought about transforming the sunroom into an awesome bathroom and walk-in closet situation. In the end, it seemed unwise to take a lovely, light-filled spot and turn it into a glorified storage locker.

Soon after we moved in, as a temporary measure, we bought some IKEA closets. You can see them on the left. Let's just say they were on the cheap and cheerful side and didn't hold up well at all.

What our make-shift system showed us was that the closet area was (a) in the correct spot, and (b) could hold most of our pared-down clothing collection. Right idea. Poor execution.

Kitchen Cabinets For A Bedroom?