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Closet Meets Bookshelf Meets Murphy Bed


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For some time now I've wanted to build a modular system in my office closet to gain more storage space. My wife and I also have an abundance of books which have long needed permanent shelving. In addition, I watch our three-year old grandson several days a week and will soon be adding another grandchild to the roster--along with all their associated "stuff." Space is getting increasingly difficult to come by! Fortunately the office closet has become the means for addressing all three issues. It's situated between my office and the spare room/nursery and, as shown in the diagram, was built deeper than standard depth. By moving in the back wall of the closet (which I insulated) and placing the studs sideways, as shown in the other diagram, I was able to gain enough space for a set of built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The bookshelves, in turn, house a crib mattress-sized Murphy bed for the grandson. (I drilled shelf-pin holes in the sides of that unit in order to accommodate adjustable shelves, for when the bed is no longer needed.) And the new closet depth of 23-1/4" is sufficient for the modular system I built, which increased hanging space by 40% over the original closet design.

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  • Wow, that's an impressive build! You accomplished a lot here. Are you finding it has met your needs, and how much does your grandson love having his own special bed? Thank you for sharing!
    By RYOBI Nation, on January 20, 2019
    • My grandson does, indeed, love his new bed and enjoys climbing in for nap time.  The extra storage space in the closet has been very helpful and has provided much more storage space than before, when boxes, bins, etc. had to go either on the floor or on the overhead shelf.  As for the bookshelf, it works great.  Problem is, it's full but we have more books that still need shelving.  I think it's time for a book sale!
      By chromepaul, on January 22, 2019

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Closet Meets Bookshelf Meets Murphy Bed

by chromepaul
Dec 28, 2018
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For some time now I've wanted to build a modular system in my office closet to gain more storage space. My wife and I also have an abundance of books which have long needed permanent shelving. In addition, I watch our three-year old grandson several days a week and will soon be adding another grandchild to the roster--along with all their associated "stuff." Space is getting increasingly difficult to come by! Fortunately the office closet has become the means for addressing all three issues. It's situated between my office and the spare room/nursery and, as shown in the diagram, was built deeper than standard depth. By moving in the back wall of the closet (which I insulated) and placing the studs sideways, as shown in the other diagram, I was able to gain enough space for a set of built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The bookshelves, in turn, house a crib mattress-sized Murphy bed for the grandson. (I drilled shelf-pin holes in the sides of that unit in order to accommodate adjustable shelves, for when the bed is no longer needed.) And the new closet depth of 23-1/4" is sufficient for the modular system I built, which increased hanging space by 40% over the original closet design.