So, you want to build a closet with a sloped ceiling, right? It’s a great way to make use of that space, and it’s definitely doable. The first thing you need to do is measure the space.
You have to be really thorough and make sure to take note of the highest and lowest points of the slope.
Once you have your measurements, you can start to design your closet. The highest part can be used to hang clothes, while the lowest part can be great for shelves or drawers. Try sketching out your ideas to help visualize them.
Now comes the fun part: gathering your materials. You’re going to need some plywood or MDF, screws, a saw, and a level. If you want to paint or stain the closet to match your room, you’ll need that too.
And if you’re planning on adding a door, you’ll need hinges and a door.
Next up is cutting the material. You’ll need to cut your plywood or MDF based on your measurements. Remember that one of your panels will need to match the slope of the ceiling.
Keep in mind that when cutting the pieces for the closet frame, knowing the angle that the ceiling forms with the supporting wall, the piece must follow the same cutting angle as the wall as seen in the image above.
This might be a little tricky, but take your time and double-check your measurements.
With everything cut, you can start building the frame of the closet. You’ll want to start with the back wall, then add the sides. Make sure everything is level as you go along. Once your frame is up, you can attach the ceiling panel.
After your frame is sturdy and secure, you can start adding in the interior structures. Depending on your design, this might be shelves, hanging rods, or even drawers. Just like before, make sure everything is level.
If your design includes a door, you’ll add this last. You could use a regular door, bi-fold doors, or even a curtain if you’re short on space.
Lastly, you’ll want to add some finishing touches. Sand any rough edges and then paint or stain your closet.
What type of material and thickness is used to create the closet frame?
Typically, when building a closet or any similar structure, you would use a kind of sheet material like plywood or Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF). Both have their pros and cons.
Plywood is strong, less susceptible to water damage, and has a pleasing grain that can be brought out with a finish, but it can be a bit more expensive.
MDF, on the other hand, is often cheaper, it’s smooth and easy to work with, making it great if you’re planning on painting your closet. But it’s more prone to damage if it gets wet.
As for the thickness, it really depends on what you’re planning to store in the closet and how big it is. Generally, you’ll see 3/4 inch thickness used a lot for these types of projects.
It provides a good balance between strength and weight and can support the weight of your clothes, shoes, or whatever else you’re planning to put in there.
Just remember, the thicker the material, the more weight it can hold, but it also becomes harder to work with and heavier to move. So, unless you’re storing something particularly heavy, or your closet is quite large, 3/4 inch should work fine.
What wardrobes are best for sloping ceilings?
One common and really effective option is to go for a built-in wardrobe. These are designed specifically for your room and can fit the exact shape of your sloping ceiling.
It’s like a bespoke suit but for your room! With this kind of wardrobe, you’re making the most out of the available space, as it can be built to extend up to the highest point of the slope and designed with varying depths to match the slope of the ceiling.
But if you prefer something more flexible, modular wardrobes might be your thing. They’re essentially units of standard sizes that you can mix and match to fit your room.
Some brands even offer specific pieces designed for rooms with sloping ceilings. It’s kind of like building with blocks; you can arrange and rearrange as you see fit.
Another option, particularly if your ceiling slopes quite dramatically, is to opt for a lower wardrobe or chest of drawers.
The space above the wardrobe can then be used for additional storage or maybe even a decorative element.
There are also wardrobes with custom angled doors designed for sloping ceilings. They’re standard wardrobes, but the doors are angled to match the slope of your ceiling.
It’s a neat compromise if you don’t want to go fully built-in.
If you’re into a more modern, minimalist aesthetic, an open shelving system might be just right. Open shelves and hanging rods can be adapted to fit under a sloping ceiling. This tends to be less expensive and also gives you a lot of flexibility.
Last but not least, there are fitted sliding door wardrobes. These run along the length of your wall, and the sliding doors are great for saving space. Plus, they give your room a sleek, streamlined look.
How to install a closet rod in a sloped ceiling?
First things first, you need to measure. Start by figuring out how high you want the rod at the highest point. The standard height is around 66 inches off the ground, but you can adjust this according to your needs.
Then, you want to measure how high the rod would be at the lowest point. Make sure it’s high enough off the ground so your clothes won’t touch the floor.
Now, you want to find the studs in your closet walls. You’ll be attaching the brackets for your rod here, so you want to make sure they’re secure. If your studs don’t line up with where you want your brackets, you might need to install a ledger board.
Next up is attaching your brackets to the wall. You’ll want to use a level to make sure they’re straight. This is really important because if they’re not level, your rod might not stay in place.
Once your brackets are installed and level, you can place your rod. You might need to cut it to the right length, depending on your closet. Then you just place the rod in the brackets, and voila! You’ve got yourself a closet rod.
Just one thing to keep in mind, if the slope of your ceiling is really steep, you might want to consider installing two rods, one at the highest part of the slope and one at the lowest.
That way, you can hang shorter items like shirts on the lower rod, and longer items like dresses or coats on the higher rod.