When you are looking for longer term storage for items such as furs, formal wear and out of season clothes, you may look at your attic space as a place to put a closet. In that case, think of adding a cedar lining to your closet. A cedar closet is an excellent way to protect your clothes from moths and humidity, instead of those smelly old mothballs. Cedar has a fresh, inviting aroma that won’t make you smell like you personally have been in storage. In the project pictured above, we were consulted to install a cedar closet under the rafters of the home, to utilize every inch of usable space.

Cedar lining comes in planks that can be stapled and or glued to the drywall or directly to the joists. In this case, there was no drywall (it was previously an unused attic space), so we glued and stapled the cedar planks to the joists to hide the insulation and serve as a backing for the closet shelving. For the closet itself, we started by identifying an area to hang formal gowns, which we decided should be installed on the back wall under the roof peak, and utilize the shorter walls under the eaves for single hanging, as well as shelving for folded items, shoe storage, purses and jewelry storage. It was definitely a challenge, but with a little bit of “outside the box” thinking, we managed to find accessible storage space for all of the client’s beautiful clothes and personal effects.

Every custom designed closet has its own challenge, in terms of the available space, amount and type of clothing to be stored, and the preferred layout. We have found that in designing efficient closet storage, it usually makes sense to start with the longest wall and design from the ceiling to the floor, but in a slanted ceiling as was the case here, it made more sense to look for space to store the longest items and take it from there. However your custom closet is designed, it always feels great to get organized and be the master of your space!