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I Graph Your Custom Design

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oW that you have surveyed your closet space and
your clothing inventory, it's time to design your
closets. Use graph paper with a scale of your choosing
(e. g., one box on the graph will represent 2") to create
two plans for each closet. The first is a floor plan.
The floor plan is a bird's-eye view of the closet. It lays
out the overall dimensions of the space and exhibits the
depths of the closet components.
The second is an elevation plan. This is the place to
add custom features to the design. For example, wall A
may consist of single and double hanging, while wall B
may include drawers, shoe shelves, and a space for long
hanging. In the elevation plan, the detail of each wall
FLOOR PLAN
 
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Use scaled graph paper to create a basi c floor plan. Be sure
to leave space for obstacles, according to local codes.
ELEVATION PLAN
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is laid out. In each elevation plan, identify wall heights
and widths as well as detail all the closet components
and accessories-including the height and width of the
entire closet system.
Be sure to include the thickness of all vertical
panels in your overall dimensions. A typical vertical
panel is %" thick. This amount must be accounted for
when determining the lengths of the shelves. If you are
using four vertical panels in your design, make sure to
account for those 3" in your overall scheme.
Measuring Tip
These tips will help you design a closet in a way that
makes the most of your space.
• Divide hanging spaces into two sections to
maximize hanging space and free up wall space for
drawers and shelves.
• In reach-in closets, it's best to place drawers or
baskets in the middle of the closet, so return walls
won't prevent drawers from opening.
• In narrow walk-in closets, it's best to have shelving
sections on the left and right walls placed near the
door opening and your hanging sections closer to
the back wall. Hangers usually stick out 22" from the
wall, so having shelving (instead of hangers) near the
door opening will prevent you from bumping into the
hangers as you enter your closet.
Using the same
CW 1 0
type of graph
30"

36"
3{411 paper, add the
custom features in
an elevation plan.
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