Sometimes having that spacious walk-in closet is not possible in your current home. It’s fine if there’s just one person, but what if it’s a shared space? Having small closets doesn’t need to limit you. Customize your closet to maximize the space you have and make it work for your style and needs.
Look for hidden storage
Sometimes storage space is hidden inside the wall. If you have an adventurous spirit, consider opening up part of a wall and incorporating the space between wall studs. Use the newly found recessed storage space to create shelving or a cabinet for anything from jewelry to shoes. Think beyond the shallow depth and extend shelves to accommodate your collection of jeans or sweaters.
Double up on hanging space
Use two hanging rods to maximize space for hanging clothes. Put both of them on a short wall with shelving, or do away with shelves and double up your hanging rods. If your space demands your shorter wall be used for all shelves or cabinets, use double rods on the longer wall and separate them with a slim cabinet or cubicle style shelves that match your personality.
Overhead shelving is a great place to store seasonal clothing, sporting gear, or even important files. Don’t let a square foot of wall go to waste by ignoring the space up high. The area most often neglected is above the door. Closets with single or double doors provide a great opportunity for a single shelf above. Sliding or folding doors might be tricky, as those are usually built for shallower closet spaces, but think creatively and you may find that the wall space there is just as usable for lighting or more recessed storage.
The back of the closet door is a prime location for hanging organizers that store shoes or other accessories. But the under-utilized space around the door is just as useful. Hang hooks or use slatwalls to design a versatile system of small shelves, hanging baskets or hooks that can be moved around according to your need.
Toss what you don’t use
More often than not, the real reason a closet is so cluttered is because there is more in it than is used. There isn’t anything wrong with having twenty pairs of shoes, unless you’re only wearing ten of them. And if red just isn’t your colour then there’s no reason to keep those six red dress shirts. Take stock of what you do use, what is damaged or too small, and what just isn’t your style. Then toss what you don’t want in a “throw” or “give away” pile and put the rest back into your newly designed closet.
Living with a small closet doesn’t have to be unbearable. With proper design and excellent organizing, even a small space can seem bigger than it is.
If you need help better utilizing your closet space, or you’re looking for new closet design, contact us or call us @ 1.800.665.1560 to have one of our knowledgeable associates help you improve your space.