Children love to play dress-up. What better way to use their imagination than to pretend to be a princess or superhero?
However, all those costumes and accessories can pile up quickly. My kids were little once, and I often thought toys and playthings multiplied when I wasn’t looking!
Storage cubes are the perfect solution to corralling costumes and get-ups. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials.
Covered bins and totes keep everything in the right place and out of sight, while open cubes allow for easy access. They’re also great for stacking and building larger units.
But with a little out-of-the-box thinking, you can transform two plain storage cubes into an adorable closet.
I made this costume closet for a little girl, but the same idea can apply for boys and their toys, too.
Read on to find out how to make your own.
Step One: Assemble Your Storage Cubes
First, purchase your storage cubes. The size you buy depends on how big you want the closet to be. Make sure they both have the same depth so that they are stackable.
I bought a 30-inch open cube and a 15-inch shelf cube in white. Both were 15 inches deep.
To attach your cubes, drill four holes near each corner on the bottom of the long cube and top of the square cube.
Screw them together to make your closet. Mine ended up being 45 inches tall.
Step Two: Add a Tension Rod and Additional Storage
Add a drapery tension rod or two to make a place for hanging dresses and costumes.
Use the narrow bottom shelves to house decorative baskets or boxes full of shoes and accessories.
Step Three: Create the Closet Door
To make a fabric “door,” shirr a drapery panel on a second tension rod.
Not only does the drapery hide what’s inside, but it creates a cute stage backdrop when closed.
Let your little princess have fun decorating her new closet. She can add her own stickers or posters to the outside, or you can help her use paint and wallpaper to transform the interior.
But most importantly, don’t forget to add a mirror. She couldn’t be Snow White without one!
Merri Cvetan is a Wisconsin interior designer who heads MEC Design Studio. Merri is a DIY-er as well, and writes about both her DIY projects and interior design work for The Home Depot. You can visit Home Depot’s storage bin selection online to find styles like those discussed by Merri.