Our apartment has no bedroom closet space. There are two coat closets and a linen closet all clustered in the same wall between the living room and office and near the bathroom, but there is no storage in the bedroom. So a while back, we bought three large Ikea wardrobes that fit nicely next to each other down one of the walls of our bedroom. This particular wardrobe model was one of Ikea's budget options (i.e., it was not one of their crazy customizable types; it basically came as a complete unit). The closet bar (shown here without the shelf that is usually above it) should attach to the closet using a plastic insert like this (click on the image for a larger and clearer version):Meijer instead (it was too late to go to a hardware store to find real closet accessories) to look for a way to hack together a good pre-fabricated furniture fix.
Just before we were about to give up, we found these corner braces that looked like the perfect size and shape for our problem. They were about $2.50 for a pack of 2 (in case any of the other supports ever break later).binder rings that we had stowed away in our office supplies. The binder rings actually provided a much tighter fit so that the bar didn't wiggle at all; however, as strange as it sounds, the zip ties were a little more discrete as they hugged the corner brace snugly.
[ I should note that I took off the shelf to get easier access to the closet. That meant pulling out the three small brads/nails attaching the masonite-ish backing. Because the area moment of inertia of that backing is very high, I think it provides significant support to the closet structure as a whole. So afterward, I pulled the closet out and put the nails back in a different spot. I probably could have left the shelf in through the whole fix. ]
I almost like the look of our fix better than the Ikea insert (which looks like it has a tenuous hold on the bar anyway).
[ You can also find this post at Ted's personal blog. ]
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Well, we've obviously failed at blogging as a couple...at least so far. Hopefully we'll do better in the future. We've definitely done some interesting things since 2009. To name a few:
- We went to Panama together (I was very excited about all of the vaccines I had to get)
- We got engaged
- Our dog went through some crazy medical stuff
- Jessie got accepted to ASU to work with some really neat people (and ants!)
- ...and more...