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DESIGN | By Denise Butchko
Closet design challenge: his and hers
So you’ve got two people sharing
one closet. It could be a traditional his
and hers scenario, or a more progressive
his/his or hers/hers. Bottom line is that
doesn’t really matters.
What matters is:
• Who’s the “clothes horse” in the
• How each of them feel about how
the other uses the space.
• How each of them feel about the
allocation of space, as in, who gets
This really fun closet project was a
large space (yippee!). It’s a traditional
his/her closet. And he was ;ne with her
having most of the space. However, he
didn’t want to see her mess (in other
words, he’s not a fan of her “closet behavior”). He’s a neat freak. She’s not.
So in our ;rst rendition of the design,
we divided the space with a ;oor-to-ceiling peninsula so he would not have
to see what was going on in her side of
And we were putting a bench and full
mirror facing the entrance so it didn’t
feel too crowded.
But once we detailed all the design
elements out, he decided that his side of
the closet would be too dark and
So, back to the drawing board. We
ended up with a large island in the center. His space is on the right. Her space
is on the left.
He’s still going to be able to see what’s
going on her side of the closet. They
negotiated this solution for the division
of space and I actually feel better about
the second design more than I do about
From there we ;gured out where
speci;c things for each of them needed
to go. We had angled shoe shelves for
him and an area where he could just
“dump” things so they would have
For her we’ve got a pull-out for purses
and places for both long and medium
hang. We also have a somewhat crazy
number of drawers. Fifty-six in total,
including two jewelry drawers that are
lighted and have glass tops.
A long, but successful design negotiation process netted a really beautiful
result. And if you’d like some insights
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