Mod + Masculine Closet Makeover

Brian Patrick Flynn makes room for a TV by relocating an entryway in his bedroom but not at the expense of his walk-in closet.
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Before

Before

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After

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In 2009, I bought a split-level midcentury modern house in Atlanta. The 1955 three-story was my very first home and I loved everything about it, including its spatially challenged master bedroom — with the exception of its awkwardly placed closet.

The 5’ x 6’ closet was fine in regard to fitting all of my clothes. However, it sat in the only spot that could accommodate a low dresser and flat panel TV. The solution? Relocating the walk-in closet's entry to the en suite bathroom and updating the components.

Handsome Walk-In Closet

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Organized Design

To make the most of his walk-in closet, Brian Patrick Flynn created three zones: a floor-to-ceiling cubby for neck ties, vertical space with drawers for accessories and open storage, and an entire wall dedicated to double hanging rods.

Envisioning the Remodel

Prior to the remodel, there was no place within the master bedroom to house a dresser and a TV. Flynn decided to close off the existing closet door and create an opening between the master bathroom and the walk-in closet.

Finished Result

Now a low-profile dresser and flat screen TV sit in front of the old closet entrance.

Compartmentalized Storage

An architectural cubby that runs the height of the closet was built to organize neck ties.

Sliding Shoe Rack

To keep shoes easily accessible yet neatly tucked away, a pull-out shoe rack was installed directly into the baseboards with drywall screws and L-brackets.

Shirts on Display

Flynn suggests using a combination of open and closed shelving to add visual interest and easy storage.

Hats Off

To keep hats neat and within arm’s reach, they're stored on clear glass shelves.

A Place for Everything

To make room for the small things while eliminating clutter, Flynn added drawer organizers with compartments for watches, cuff links, sunglasses and jewelry.

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Designer Brian Patrick Flynn stands beside the relocated closet doorway in his master bedroom.

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn stands beside the relocated closet doorway in his master bedroom.

Scope of the Project

With a budget of $3,500 and a timeline of two weeks, I set out to:

  • Create an opening between the closet and the master bathroom
  • Close off existing doorway to closet
  • Add wiring for electric and cable
  • Reinfornce new wall with extra studs to support wall-mounted TV bracket
  • Use ready-made audio/visual components for closet storage
  • Install double hang closet rods
  • Create a custom cubby system for neck ties
  • Integrate a shoe rack

After reframing the new opening in the en suite bathroom, I closed off the original opening and rewired and reinforced the wall for the flat screen TV. With the TV in place, it was time to work on the configuration of the closet.

To house watches, socks, jewelry, wallets and hats, I used free-standing, stackable drawers originally meant for housing media components. The 16 x 6 drawers allowed one wall to be used vertically for clutter and another to be dedicated to double hang closet rods. A custom cubby system spanning the height of the closet was made to organize my collection of neck ties.

Now that the project is over, I would make a minor change. The open shelving used to house hats could have been better utilized as extra drawer space. Instead, the hats could simply have been hung on wall pegs.

Aside from that, I’m as happy as can be because I’ve not only got a chic, sophisticated space for my wardrobe, but I’m also able to spend Sunday mornings glued to the TV while enjoying breakfast in bed.

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