And for our next trick, we’ll put a tree house in your closet!
The Dream Closet Project is a collaborative online experiment we started to have fun talking about and working on giving closet makeover! We will publish a new post with a podcast and other goodies every Monday. Join us on our little adventure to turn a mild manner typical New York City closet into the ultimate dream closet!
In this week’s episode; Hsiang and Guido design the ultimate Dream Closet for children!
So what do children look for when it comes to their dream closet? Efficiencies, accessibility or organization? No! It has to be FUN! We first got the idea of designing the ultimate dream closet for children from a friend who was a mom. We of course promptly consulted the experts on the matter, her kids! And boy were they full of ideas! A spaceship? A fish tank? We finally settle on the idea of building a tree house right into the closet! ‘A lot easier than a spaceship that’s for sure’ we thought to our self, but wait, a tree house?
But let’s back track a little.. When we first start brain storming on the idea of children’s closet, we look into what typical designers do.
A closet design that will really get the kids excited!
As if they needed the help! But we weren’t really satisfied by design that simply stick to bright kids friendly colors and motifs, we really wanted something that will engage a child and allow them to utilize the closet as an activity space. So the question is: ‘if I was a kid what would I want?’ A tree house obviously!
If a tree grows in a closet, would it make a sound?
To start we’ll need a tree in our closet, since we’re a bit too impatient to grow one we figure we can do a decent job painting it on the wall. Similar to the one here:
On to the “House of Tree”!
Next, we’ll remove the doors on our closet so as to make room for the tree house. We’ll build a platform inside the closet about 4′ above the ground, give it some extra support by adding some horizontal support beneath the platform. We’ll also install the hang bar and some additional shelving beneath the platform.
Building the tree house would be the fun part! We’ll make the house itself out of old recycled furniture, this will both keep the cost down as well as add some interesting character to the tree house. We found an indoor tree house by Kidtropolis very similar to the idea we had in mind.
We also got the idea of adding some ceiling mounted netting in front of our tree house for some high flying action!
Finally, to finish the look. We found these great felt pillows, design to look like giant stone pebbles from Smarin. We will pile them around the base of the tree house both for look as well as to give the kids some additional bouncing opportunities, as if they needed the help.
That should keep the kids busy for a little while!
We give you our thanks Oh Great Design Totem!
Remember what we had mentioned in an earlier post regarding using a Design Totem to help inspire you and keep your theme consistent? For our project we end up using the photograph at the top of this post as our Design Totem. During our search for the various components for this design we constantly refer back to this particular photo to make sure that the components we are adding will work with the overall look.
Of course you can go with a completely different theme for your Dream Children’s Closet. Here’s one we found using the sky as a theme:
Your Dream Closet assignment this week- What would be your Dream Closet if you were a kid?
Will it contain a gate way to a far away land? What about a secret tunnel to a super hero/ villain’s lair? How about pull off the spaceship design that we didn’t get a chance to do? We want to hear some idea from you as well so let us know!