It’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge from Linda at Calling It Home. Normally this would be the week where I share the big reveal, but Linda decided that due to numerous natural disasters affecting participants’ plans, the challenge would be extended by one week. So next week I’ll be showing pictures of my daughter’s bedroom update. This week is all about our EasyClosets installation.
Closet Design plan
In my week four post, I shared the before pictures of my daughter’s under-utilized bedroom closet. We were debating between some DIY closet system options, as well as professional installation. After some deliberation, my husband and I decided that EasyClosets.com would be the best route. I read about several other blogger’s experiences with installation and decided it was doable for us.
In week four, I showed my initial closet plans (see above) that I created using the EasyClosets design tool. Once we decided to go with an EasyClosets system, I tweaked the design a bit and added some extra shelves for shoes.
It was really exciting (and just a little overwhelming) when the shipment arrived and we took inventory of all the materials. I’ll be honest that this is one of the most complicated DIY projects that my husband and I have done together. I’d done my research and felt fairly confident we could handle it, but there were a lot of pieces on our living room floor. The closet was emptied, all the holes were patched, and we were ready for installation.
The key to the stability and security of the EasyClosets system is properly installing the steel rail on which the rest of the pieces hang. This was basically the hardest part of the whole project. We double and triple-checked all of our measurements and the location of the wall studs. Unlike the helpful installation video on the EasyClosets site, our studs were not all 16″ apart. Nevertheless, we managed to get the rail in place.
Once the steel rail was securely in place, the installation moved a lot faster. The vertical pieces hang from the steel bar and lock together using shelves with special cam screws. As soon as all the cam shelves were in place, we started to see the closet come together.
After the vertical panels and cam shelves were secured, we assembled the drawers. The drawer boxes are pre-built, so we only needed to screw on the drawer pulls and attach the drawer face to the box. I have to say that the EasyClosets instruction manual is incredibly thorough and easy to understand. We had no trouble following the directions to put the drawers together and install the drawer glides.
After we installed all the drawers, we cut the rail cover to size to hide the steel rail. This is our least favorite part of the system. The plastic cover feels a little flimsy and tacky, but it does the job of disguising the steel rail, and will be mostly unnoticeable once the closet is filled.
When it was all said and done, the EasyClosets installation probably took about 4-5 hours. The instruction manual was detailed and easy to read, but I highly recommend watching the installation videos on the EasyClosets site. Sometimes having a visual demonstration was very helpful.
I’m so happy with the end result. This underused closet is now chock full of storage options. Our experience with the EasyClosets installation process was really positive. As one blogger put it, it’s an easy closet, not a magic closet. It does take more skill than just pulling it out of the box, but it was a simple enough process that we would definitely use EasyClosets again. *Also I just want to note that this is not a sponsored post. No product was provided, and obviously all opinions are my own.
I’m excited to add the finishing touches to my daughter’s room this week and share the big reveal! Don’t forget to take a look at some of the other guest participants in the ORC here! There are some really talented people sharing some amazing transformations.
Check out all the progress of my daughter’s bedroom update in these past posts: