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Copy_2_of_DSCF4102.JPGWhich would you rather have to store your wardrobe: A really big hole to throw your stuff into, or a wall lined with neat adjustable shelves and closet rods all within arms reach. It's surprising to me how many builders and homeowners choose the "big hole" closet system. The most common place to find the "big hole" closet is on a second floor buried under a sloped ceiling. You've probably seen one---seven or so feet high in front with a sloped ceiling that fades into the floor six or seven feet back. Once you shove a bunch of your stuff in there, you need to crawl in on all fours to find what you need. The rationale used by builders when creating such an area is that it would be a shame to lose all that useful storage space by blocking it off with a wall.

Really? Good thing I stayed awake during math class. Lets look at two examples:

  1. If a five foot wide sloped closet is five feet deep you have 25 square feet of floor space to use for storage and 5 feet of width to hang a closet rod.
  2. A closet two feet deep with a six to seven-foot high back wall will accommodate four or five 14" wide shelves that equal  23 to 29 square feet of  neat adjustable storage space plus five feet of rod.

What! The shelves in a standard two-foot deep closet can add up to more square footage than all that floor space? Yup.

And I still get a closet rod? Sure thing.

Now, I repeat, which would you rather have to store your wardrobe: a five foot deep hole or twenty feet of neat, adjustable shelves?

Tell your builder to smarten up.