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teamaltese
Jene Klopp, if I had your situation, and were younger than I am now, I’d do the following. I’d remove the doors and frame. I’d remove the wall board to the height of the closet. Now one large open space, I’d put in a center cabinet of drawers and shelves to the top of the space, with rods on either side, their spacing depending on the type of clothing to be stored, but also reaching up to the top of the space. On the outside, I’d attach a rail and ladder system, so that the ladder could be pushed to the side of the opening for easy access, and rolled over for access to the top cabinet and rods. I’d leave the doors off. My age, weight and knees say nope to ladders, but I would do this in a heartbeat! I’ll try to find a HOUZZ photo.
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asouchet

Jene Klopp, I remodeled the closets in my townhouse - I took one 12 foot wall of closets, 2 ft deep and put in two sets of doors to "separate his and hers" closets. then I went to home depot and bought some of their closet organizers - I added 2 40" double hanging sections to the outside ends, put shelves in the middle - the upper half of the shelves were shelves and the bottom half are drawers. I added a tall hanging section for long coats/dresses in between the two shelves where the closets met. You can definitely make a small normal sized closet work fine with a little thought and some easy to install closet systems from the big box stores. And you don't have to spend a fortune. We have since moved and i'm doing the same thing to my 8' x 20' closet. Using the same systems from my town house. I would make one suggestion - use the shelf track stuff like closetmaid - you can flex your closet anyway you need to based on how you live your life over time. If you wear more dresses now, you can have a larger long hanging section, if you wear more sweaters, you can add extra shelves with minimal cost. If you are a "work separates" person, you might need more double hanging space. I will post a picture if I can find one of my townhouse closet - definitely "normal scaled" in size. I also agree with comments about opening up the top and putting in closed storage for off-season items like jackets, comforters etc and then you bring the step ladder out 2x a year to swap out the seasonal stuff. I do wish I had done that in our townhouse closets.

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Jene Klopp

Thanks to both of you ladies for your excellent suggestions! I like the idea of a rolling rail and the high closets. I love Home Depot but never thought about using their products. Going to measure this week and visit HD! Thank you again!

jene klopp

   

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