Odd Angles & A Slanted Ceiling: Designing A Custom Closet For An Old Home

Ronda, a busy, working mom, recently won a prize package from California Closets through Portland Monthly Magazine‘s “Dream Bedroom Makeover Giveaway.” The value of the prize was large enough that Ronda could dream big. She had lots of professional clothing that required proper storage and handling if it was to last a long time.

The challenge was the house itself. For starters, it had a slanted ceiling with a very narrow bedroom closet. To make things more interesting, the house was very old. After years of settling, many corners were woefully out of square.

Closet Makeover - Before

Ronda’s Closet – Before California Closets

From the start and throughout the process, Ronda really looked toward her Design Consultant to come up with a plan that was best going to suit her needs. She was unsure about what design options would be available to her with her funky angles and corners. She definitely needed more space for hanging clothes, but the existing unit was built across the short end of the wall, which severely limited the usable space.

Closet Makeover - Before

Ronda’s Hanging Space – Before

By tearing out existing cabinetry and moving the focal point to a different wall, the Design Consultant expanded usable space by over three feet. She also designed a drawer stack along with some closed storage behind elegant acrylic doors.

Closet Makeover - After

Ronda’s Closet – After California Closets

Once the major pieces were in place, the Design Consultant was able to add more hanging space, additional space for shoes, shelves for handbags, and a built-in mirror. Ronda and the Design Consultant selected the Milano Grey finish from California Closet’s exclusive Lago line of wood grain finishes. They both agreed that it fit well with the style of the old home. Oil-rubbed bronze hardware and accessories completed the look to perfection.

Closet Makeover - After

Ronda’s Closet – After California Closets

After installation, Ronda immediately fell in love with her new system. She appreciates the functionality and the additional space.

Closet Makeover - After

Ronda’s Handbag Storage – After

Ronda was so pleased with her new storage system that she’s excited to bringing California Closets and her Design Consultant back for more custom closets and storage solutions.


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Mindy O’Brien is a Design Consultant at California Closets Portland. She earned a degree in Interior Design and has been working in the home improvement and design fields for over ten years.

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