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San Francisco Home near Presidio gets a Wall Bed and Closet Makeover

Posted by Ward Wildanger on Aug 31, 2018 1:16:33 PM
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In San Francisco, space is at a premium. One way to take advantage of every inch is with a built-in wall bed and external wardrobe unit from Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets. I was able to create just such a space-saving solution for some homeowners near the Presidio.

One of the great things about this house was the 10-foot ceilings. It got my imagination going, knowing we could give these homeowners a beautiful storage and guest room layout, while still keeping the open, airy feel of their tall-ceilinged home.

We wanted to use two walls of the room, one primarily for the wall bed, and the other for storage and closets. Some limiting factors were the heat register and electrical sockets, neither of which could be covered by cabinets.

For the wall bed, they decided on a queen-size mattress for the best ratio of guest comfort and use of space. By putting drawers and cubbies on either side of the bed, I allowed for guests to get in and out of bed on either side, while also giving them side tables to stash items like a cell phone and wallet. Hidden electrical strips on each side of the bed meant no crawling around on the floor looking for an outlet to plug in your electronics.

Custom Wall Bed by Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets

On the closet wall, I had to fit everything the homeowners needed between the wall and the heat register. Since Valet creates each and every closet custom, I did not have to worry about fitting pre-fabricated units into an awkward space. I was able to design exactly what we needed, using every possible inch for maximum storage.

Custom Wardrobe by Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets

The main part of the closet was designed for hanging clothes. Standard height for suits, shirts and skirts worked well with the tall ceilings, since I could do a double hang system. They also wanted some drawers. In order to keep the look of the closet streamlined, I used roll-out trays inside the closet doors. The advantage to these is that you can see what’s in each drawer simply by opening the closet.

Custom Wardrobe by Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets

But what about that often-wasted space in the corner? Not to worry. Here, I designed a clever corner closet to utilize the area, while still keeping it easy-to-reach. I simply placed adjustable shelving adjacent to a taller hanging area with a mirror on the door. And to transition from the deeper closet to the room’s double glass doors, I added a wedge cabinet. The homeowner’s current plan is to use this for shoes, but the adjustable shelving makes it easy to change their storage solutions if they change their minds.

Custom Wardrobe by Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets Custom Wardrobe by Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets

Above-the-bed cabinets are hard to reach, so these are ideal for storing off-season items like heavier bedding or holiday decorations. And with those fabulous 10-foot ceilings, I was able to install accent lighting above the cabinets which brightens the room when used along with the chandelier, or it creates a cozy mood on dark winter nights when used by itself.

Although the wall bed and closet take up a significant amount of the room’s walls, the visual effect is one of brightness with an open feel. The choice for White Laminate and clear pulls creates a simple and elegant multi-use space. And by using every inch for the most impact, these homeowners have a storage solution that will work for them years into the future.

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Valet Custom Cabinets & Closets designs, manufactures and installs custom organizational solutions that enhance the functionality of your living space while complementing the décor of your home.

Our talented design team creates unique solutions tailored to your specific needs, style, and budget. We are independently owned and a direct manufacturer.

Our areas of specialty include Home Offices, Wall Beds, Media Centers, Closets, Pantries, Garage Cabinetry, and much more.

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Ward Wildanger, Senior Designer at Valet Custom Cabinets & ClosetsWard Wildanger

Ward entered the custom cabinet business in 1984 when he joined his father at Eurodesign. After selling Eurodesign to Valet in 2005, Ward joined the Valet team as Manager of Engineering and Product Development. Today, he continues to provide support in these areas while also contributing as a valuable member of our design team. Ward and his wife Nancy are longtime residents of Los Altos. Ward enjoys meeting with customers bringing 25 + years of design and engineering expertise to his work.


Topics: San Francisco, Custom Closets, murphy beds, Guest Rooms, External Wardrobe, Custom Wall Beds


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