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Old 11-18-2015, 09:45 PM   #1
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18" deep closet question


I'm remodeling a basement and need to fit a shower into a space that's currently a double wide closet but I need to keep a closet to maintain the legal closet.

so I have 2 sketches. The overall dimensions are 56" by 52". The outer walls on the first sheet aren't shown, but they are 4" walls. The center between the closet and shower I was thinking of turning the studs sideways to save space, will this work if I want to tile the shower or will it not be stable enough?

the second sheet shows the options for the closet space that I can come up with.

1) try to put a clothing rod in their and stick 2 bifold doors in there for a 48" opening. The hope is that the bifolds will add about an inch or 2 to the closet since they won't be 4" thick like the wall, allowing clothes to actually hang. Is this reasonable or just me dreaming?

2) put one 30" door centered with 14 inches to either side. Have clothing rods on either side running front to back. assuming they take up 22" of space on either side you'd have a 14" gap between for a quasi walk-in style closet.

If I went with option 2 I could flip the wall between the shower back to 4" thick I guess, if you guys think a 2" thick wall won't be stable enough for tile etc. Also looking for feedback on if the idea for 1 is just crazy and will or won't work. Sorry for any scale issues, I know I screwed up the scale for option 2.

Thank you for the help!!



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The front to rear rod idea would be my preference.
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I've never heard of a, "legal closet".
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Me personally..
I wouldn't go less then 24" deep with a closet intended for clothing.
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:38 AM   #5
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I've never heard of a, "legal closet".
I believe he is referring to real estate listing of the house for a future sale. An agent will not ethically list it as a bedroom if it doesn't have a closet.

As per code, it requires two means of egress, smoke alarm and AFCI outlets to be a legal bedroom. AFCI is only on new construction or renovations of course.
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