7 Custom Closet Door Ideas

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I’m a big believer in giving things character by customizing them with creative details. This most definitely includes giving generic closet doors a makeover.

One of the things we really wanted to do when we committed to restoring our farmhouse was to somehow keep the original charm in tact. And if there wasn’t any original charm somewhere, we would create some.

The current master bedroom used to be two bedrooms, so when a previous owner took out a wall and made one giant room it ended up boasting of THREE closets. None of them had doors when we arrived on the scene.

The first closet is being transformed into a cozy little office nook for yours truly and the other two each house my clothes and my husband’s clothes.

Custom Closet Door by sheholdsdearly.com


Custom Closet Door Bedrooms by sheholdsdearly.com

One time someone asked me to list the top three things that bugged me about my house and not having closet doors was on that list!  Seeing things that aren’t decorative feels cluttery to me and the fact that they are so close to me while I sleep is even more annoying.

The other two problem areas have since been resolved.  And truth be told, the only reason the doors aren’t done is because my husband and I can’t agree!  I even tried the “But it’s my birthday” trick a couple of years in a row!!

I really love how the closets are built into the little slanted ceilings on either side and wanted to kind of make them look like armoires somehow- with two doors each.  But, he is concerned that the doors don’t have enough room to swing open.

Custom Closet Door Built-ins by sheholdsdearly.com

I found these knobs at a garage sale and want to use them as the knobs, hopefully.

Closet Door Alternatives Antique Glass Doorknobs by sheholdsdearly.com

Anyway, I pulled some inspiration from some other blogs and would love to hear your ideas.

I do need to be careful and not get too ornate because our bed is such a statement piece.  I don’t want it to compete with the doors, so I am keeping that in mind as I search for ideas.

Custom Closet Door Ideas by sheholdsdearly.com


Inspiration 1

Simple Shaker Style

Kitchen & Beyond marie-sahlin.squarespace.com

Source: Kitchen & Beyond


Inspiration 2

Beadboard from floor to ceiling and could wrap around the wall

Janet Barbour Painted Interiors at janetbarbour-paintedinteriors.co.uk

Source: Janet Barbour Painted Interiors


Inspiration 3

Adding some ornate trim all around the doors to make them look like armoires

French Finds www.frenchfinds.co.uk

Source: French Finds



Inspiration 4

Add unique trimwork to the doors

French Finds from www.frenchfinds.co.uk

Source: French Finds



Inspiration 5

Stained wood

Farmhouse 5540 Inspiration

Source: Farmhouse 5540

Inspiration 6

Raw wood with unique hardware

cindywitmerdesigns.com, photo by @kerrykirkphoto

Source: Cindy Witmer Designs, Photographer: Kerry Kirk


Inspiration 7

Sliders with large X detail

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Thank you so much for stopping by, I’d love hear which doors are your favorite in the comments below.  We will make a decision soon, I hope and I will be sure to let you know exactly what we choose!



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  1. Dixie Morris
    July 7, 2018 / 4:56 PM

    I vote for the shaker style in a bifold type door.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2018 / 7:34 PM

      Yes, that one seems to be winning. 😀

  2. Pamela
    July 7, 2018 / 5:24 PM

    I like the shaker style is nice , but I also like the raw wood, more I think about the raw wood, with your knobs ,

  3. Brenda
    July 7, 2018 / 6:11 PM

    Simple shaker!

  4. Linda
    July 7, 2018 / 9:53 PM

    Shaker style

  5. Patricia
    July 8, 2018 / 3:26 AM

    Shaker! Either stained or Raw would be awesome depending on he other furniture in the room.

  6. Anja
    July 8, 2018 / 6:24 AM

    The large X or the French style.

  7. Pat
    July 8, 2018 / 2:28 PM

    The shaker style door style is maybe good for your space, but those beautiful knobs may not be perfect for that style.

  8. Cheryl
    July 8, 2018 / 8:41 PM

    I vote for the shaker style. Understaded, a classic and timeless.

  9. Laurie
    October 24, 2018 / 9:32 AM

    LOVE all your inspiration choices and I ADORE the glass knobs!! Excellent choices all. Here’s my 2 cents for what it’s worth.

    Since you love the statement your bed makes (I do too for that matter), I’d avoid the stained wood as it is too close to the bed and will draw eye away from the important “center piece” of the room.

    I LOVE the simplicity of the doors simplicity of the shaker door inspiration and if the rest of your room leans towards that simplicity, then that’s the way I’d go. However, if the rest of the room leans more towards the ornate, I’d lean more to the armoire styling with slightly embellished doors and leave the real embellishment for the trim work around the doors and I’d wrap the embellishments around the wall to make it part of the over all feel of an armoire.

    One thing with decorating is, that nothing is final. You can do one thing now and later if you find something that works for you better, you can always adjust or change it to fit or suit your life or life style better then. But so far, I think you are doing a lovely job in all the work you’ve done so far, so I have faith you will continue to make things beautiful. Thank you for sharing your journey.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 26, 2018 / 9:37 PM

      Wow, you are so sweet to put so much thought into helping me! I agree with you about the shaker doors and you are totally right about changing things later if all else fails.

  10. October 26, 2018 / 12:18 PM

    I really love the second idea you shared of having a custom door put in using a beadboard and having it wrap around the wall. My husband and I recently remodeled our bedroom, and it really needs a new closet door to bring everything together. I think we’ll end up taking inspiration from the photo you shared, so I appreciate the ideas!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 26, 2018 / 9:38 PM

      Oh, I’m so happy! Your closets sound lovely!

  11. Ann C
    February 26, 2019 / 6:59 PM

    It doesn’t appear that there’s room for doors, altho I liked all the options you shared. I think I would hang curtain rods and curtains over both openings. Adds some softness, takes up little space and depending on your choice of fabric could bring color and texture to the room.
    I recently used peel and stick wallpaper that looks like birch trees. I love the openness it provides the room.

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