1.10.2010

Doors, anyone?~

Apparently, when our house was remodelled, the owners didn't feel the need to put doors on any of the bedroom closets. And that's not all bad.

In fact, in our old house, I simply put a curtain up over the closet door in the boys' room.
Of course, this closet is a walk-in closet. And I created a little "retreat" for the kiddos within the closet. (See that cute little desk in my boys' closet? They just loved sitting there and playing school...or using it as a counter for the general store...etc.)

Here is my little boys' closet in this house.

As you can see, it isn't a walk in closet, and the opening is double wide. So here is my dilemma. I love the idea of placing a curtain pulled to the side over the door to camouflage the interior a bit. But I'm not sure if two curtains (one on each side) might be overkill.

I'm using my repurposed drawer and it's sister (which hasn't been redone yet) to hide unsightly storage on the shelf, but I'd really like to not have to see the clothes.

This is where you come in, my clever readers. All three closets on the main floor are in the same condition. They look great. Their interiors have been painted. The Princess' closet even has an organizer. But I'd like to camouflage them a bit. (Especially the one in the Master bedroom because it has sooooo much stuff in it, and it's just not restful to have to look at the clutter.)

What do you all think I should do? Does anyone have any clever (and not permanent) solutions? I will probably go with the pulled back curtains...at least in the kids' rooms...but the Master kind of has me stumped. And no, there are no closet doors hiding out in the basement...and I'd rather not invest in any.

So that's my dilemma for the day...any suggestions would be appreciated. Greatly appreciated.

Have a great day~

37 comments:

The Little Red Shop said...

Hmmm...I'm not sure...but that was one of my all-time favorite Divine Design episodes!

: )

Julie M.

ps Unless you want to cut a giant tree out of wood or mdf...paint it like a mural...and put it in front of part of the door.

Happymom4 aka Hope Anne said...

I've seen cute camoflauge made out of ribbons of varying widths . . . you could pick a color/colors to complement the room . . . Get them on sale of course. ;-)

The other idea might be a guazy type curtain that you could hang loose. Light and airy, but still helping to hide the closet somewhat.

Mamas said...

I did this in our house. The kids have long curtains, fabulous (choose something lighter as to not overwhelm, or something w/ a picture, etc, as it can be a focal point).
The master still stumps me and I'm not happy with the result as it's also a master bath. Personally, I prefer the curtains open, makes the room feel bigger, so keep your closet organized:).

Ria said...

For the master bedroom how about an attractive room divider set a little in front of the closet so you can walk behind it to get in?
I did that in a rental that had mirrored closets that opened to the bathroom. You could stand in the hall and see the toilet in the reflection of the mirrors. (who thought that one through?) the room divider blocked the undesirable view and added interest to the room as well.

Sue said...

For the kids room...their clothes are so short (cute) could you put the hangers on the sides so they are hanging behind the entrance?(90 degrees to what they are now..does that make sense?)You could even tier them into two layers if one dept of the closet is not enough? Maybe put the drawers in to the left side too if it fit? Then you could give them their little nook again?

Then curtains like in the last home.
JMHO ;-)

Little Lizard King said...

Are they always this clean? Seriously, my closets aren't even fit for family to see. Wow!!

Deb said...

Use a heavy duty spring-type shower curtain (no holes in the wall for a rod)and use one panel leaving one side open, or two panels that can be pulled across to cover. Could also sew pockets on the panels to hold small toys/animals.

Cindy said...

Wish I could help...I'm facing the same dilemma in my master, except I have TWO closets side by side and they take up a whole wall.

I'm thinking of actually doing a full on curtain treatment....hanging a rod all the way across at ceiling level and adding shirred lightweight drapes. Either in white or in a color that matches my wall color.

Laura said...

The only thing I can thinnk of is the curtain idea on a tension rod. Maybe some sort of folding screen for the master bedroom?

Summer said...

I did this in my daughters room but I used 2 sheer curtains and tied them back with some pretty ribbon. They could be let down but we keep them back. Youcan check it out here...

http://tinyurl.com/ybvtapr

julie said...

i am in the process of redoing my daughter closet into a play space and thinking of taking the doors off and adding the curtain look! so, i am not much help! the master is tricking! you want something nice and something "grown-up". how about an old door that you can safely prop up to cover half of the closet but still be able to walk in! good luck!

Jen R. said...

I have two very light fabric curtain over mine and it works great. We had those 1960's side slide doors and could only get into one side of the closet at a time. It drove me mad. The curtains made it so much easier to g t in and out of. I actually hung my rod way wider than the door frame so when they are open, they aren't in the way. Doors are so over rated ;) My SIL bought these sliding panels from I think it's solutions catalog made of natural looking fiber for her closets.

jmberrygirl said...

I once visited a girl's room with beading hung as a door at the closet. It was cute, without being too fru-fru and it sureved as a divider/camo for the missing closet door. You might try splitting one curtain panel into two if the two seem to overpower the space when used together. Another semi-possible idea would be some type of draw-up shade or curtain that went up and down instead of side to side? Don't know how that would actually work, but it sounds doable.

Paul and Kari McMullin said...

I don't think 2 panels would be a problem.

I love the idea of a screen mentioned earlier. We built a couple several years ago in our rental house, and they've been useful in multiple ways in our new house. Ours we built with copper pipe and I sewed some muslin for the panels.

Patti said...

Have you considered pocket doors? Perhaps rigged up on the inside of the closet rather than installed in the wall? I'm not into the "curtain" look because it screams "I have no closet door and this is all I could think of". If you live near an IKEA, they have some interesting sliding window treatments that are long flat panels and they slide.. that might work..Good Luck

Mandi said...

Ooh if I didn't like my closet doors so much I'd do the curtain thing, too! How about a japanese like closet/shade thingy (that's the technical term. I'm sorry I can't think of the right word!). You know, those cool things that fold that you stick in front of place's? Like an old fashioned movie where they stand behind the "thingy" and change their clothes? There's soooo many possibilities for style there. . . they even have ones that are photo frames.

Julie said...

I have four girls in one bedroom...can you imagine the premium for closet space???? The smaller girls don't have clothes that are very long & it seems such a waste of space to hang them on the rod...plus I like for her to take care of her own clothes and dress herself & she can't reach the high rod. I bought small tension curtain rods and put them in the sides of the closets...perpendicular to the normal rods and at whatever level works for their clothes. Does that make sense?? Think of stepping into your non-walk-in closet and turning sideways...they are hidden behind the opening of the closet.

elisabeth (bovagoods) said...

i love no doors on closets! it makes the room seem so much bigger and if you paint the closet the same color as the room it looks even better. i LOVE the idea of the tension rods hung perpendicularly to hide the clothes.

12 Ivy Lane said...

OMG- I suddenly feel like my kids have way tooooooo many clothes!!

I agree with Deb in a way. Use a heavy duty rod that you could mount in the doorway itself, outside like a regular curtain to make it seem bigger or inside the closet which will keep it out of the walking way when closed and hide the hardware allowing you to still see the trim-this would be my choice, don't hide the nice woodwork!

Then I would use two panels or even four smaller ones, which you can either keep open together, only open some, or close all. This will keep it uniform and if you only used one and closed it all the way you would run the risk of having your little one pulling on it-trust me I have these and I have kids too, experience I tell you. I would keep it only to the floor too, not longer, it will look cleaner.

You could also choose to look for a shower curtain type that comes in clear and has built in pockets to put behind one of the panels for extra storage if needed.

If I were you I would move the clothes and dresser over to the side and allow room for a bean bag chair or something like that for a reading nook or if you want only clothes add a drop down rod and move all the clothes to one side allowing your son to be able to reach too.

Also I would spray paint the tub blue to tie in the colors and maybe stencil in "shoes" with white, the red seems out of place.

Miss Obara said...

I see what you mean. 1 is fun, but more than 1...you've got to be creative. The obvious is to use curtains, but may be it's how you use them that changes it up. Like hanging from the industrial wire look for the boys room and maybe a frilly theater look for the girls. Recently saw on HGTV's Color w/David Bromsted...he used blankets as room dividers.
For the master though...shutters or old doors on rollers would be cute or a large canvas/print that rolls in front of the closet for art work and then slides away for use.
Can't wait to see what you find. I'm sure it'll be great. Totally understand the move to a new house thing...that's where I'm at!

Marcee said...

I have this same dilema!! I have 2boy rooms with out closet doors. I have 5 kids and WAY too much stuff! I don't want to see into the closets, so I bought curtains to put over them... now I can't seem to rig it how I want it. I can't wait to see what you do!

randomcathy.com said...

What about off-white sheers on a tension rod lit from behind? The diffuse light would create a restful and different look. It might be a fun short-term thing to play with while you are in temporary space (especially if you wind up playing with gobos.)

Tiffany said...

Check this out:http://resolved2worship.xanga.com/692263506/a-tiny-little-room/. I love it!

Dolce Baci said...

I LOVE Candice Olsen...she never stops amazing me! We don't have doors on my boys closet either...went for the curtain look too and love it! I love the dresser you did...the number idea is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

I don't think two curtains is overkill by any means. You can even make your own and just use thinner panels.

In a master bedroom I would love to see an old rustic ivory folding screen of some sort. (Like an old European boudoir.:):)

Marfa said...

The idea of a spring type rod mounted inside the doorway sounds good, but it won't work. I did the same thing for my large window and the rod kept falling down because of the weight of the curtains. Honestly, if you're going to put up curtains in the master bedroom closet (which I'm in favor of doing), you're better off using a nice, heavy duty rod and a couple of good brackets. When you're ready to take them off a little compound and a little paint will fix the holes. Believe me, you don't want to be awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of your curtains dropping to the floor.

Carmen said...

I like the idea of the curtain pulled to the side. Actually, I might need to use this in my kids' rooms because closet doors just seem to get in the way.

Jessica Denny said...

I'd treat the closet opening just like a window. Mount a curtain rod above the casing and hang panels on it that would cover the left- and right-hand sides of the closet. You could mount the closet curtain rod the same height as your window treatments for visual height continuity.

Wendy said...

We have the same issue. No closet doors. We hung a metal rod inside the closet and I used the clip rings to hang "curtains". I used a black sheet in my sons room because I couldnt find a pattern I liked. THe plan was to SEW them, but I wanted something to cover them fast.

MamaBug said...

We are closet doorless for a number of reasons. You've gotten a bunch of great ideas. Have you thought to call the landlords and see if they still have the door somewhere? Or would be willing to spring for some? :D

Pamela said...

I think you could do one panel but cut it in half with one on each side. I think that would work. I actually had The Hubster remove the door on the boys closet. There was just too much door action in that one area since their closet is not in their bedroom but sink area.

Shari said...

Your going to think me nuts-but I like the sliding barn door look. It is becoming all the rage. You can buy the hardware and paint an inexpensive piece of stock wood to hang from it. They also have bookcase slider doors available, but I'm sure they are expensive.
Here is a link to give you an idea of what I mean:
http://www.barndoorhardware.com/standard-flattrack.html

Rebecca D said...

I too like curtians in kids rooms. How about mounting the rod inside the frame. That way you still get the look without them taking over the space, since it is such a large space visually.

LuLu said...

I need to post the whole closet of my girls room. I added 2 panels in the ruffle dot from the shabby chic line at Target and the both can be pulled to the side. For their rooms it's not too much.
can't wait to see what you decide,
xo,
LuLu

Thelittlebrownhouse.us said...

What about one of those roll up bamboo like blinds? You know what I'm talking about? Kind of like a roman shade but made out of bamboo?

I also think two curtains would look good!

Srushti said...

You could put in two curtains, with one word emblazoned on them.. half on each curtain- well, that way you get to have two curtains, without the overkill bit !

Kelly@imperfect homemaking said...

Your boys' closet is adorable. I've featured it today as part of my blog series, 31 Days to an Organized Home.
http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/2011/10/organizedhome-day-13-kids-closet.html