Every home owner gets the closet blues now and then. Unfortunately for many, the problem is a chronic one. Large or small, closets are always an afterthought when it comes to home design. In fact, more thought is usually given to plumbing and duct placement than to closets.
A small closet is annoying, but even people with walk-in closets get frustrated. This is because closets (large or small) are never designed for the people who actually use them. This is one of the main reasons that custom closet design is a fast-growing niche industry. A custom closet designer can take any hole in the wall, big or small, and turn it into an efficient storage space that will accommodate all of the things that are important to a homeowner. You don’t necessarily need to have a bigger closet, you just need to make your existing one work harder, and these 20 modifications are some of the home owners favourites:
1) Drawers: Drawers in a closet? Why not? Built-in drawers can help free up some of the floor space that’s presently dedicated to bulky dressers.
2) Drawer dividers: Custom drawer dividers can be made to fit inside your drawers. They can be configured into compartments that you can use to keep smaller items like socks separated from other small items, like underwear. If you’re ultra-organized you can even divide your socks by color.
3) Jewellery drawer/organizer: A compartmented drawer insert can be fitted to a drawer and used to store and organize jewellery items.
4) Shelves and shelving units: Real shelving that’s designed specifically for your closet can help you organize all of those small items that tend to get jumbled up on your closet floor. Shelves are ideal for shoes, hats, purses, sweaters and even non-clothing items (books, magazines, tools, hobby items, toys).
5) Baskets: Whether they’re made of a wood material or metal wire, baskets are great for storing all kinds of different items. Baskets can rest free-standing on shelves or they can be installed on sliding runner like a drawer. Baskets give a different aesthetic look that many homeowners like and provide quick and easy access for stored items.
6) Built-in ironing: You probably already keep your ironing board in a closet. Why not make it part of your closet design? You can create a built-in ironing center with a board that slides in and out and is hidden away when not in use.
7) Built-in laundry storage: Incorporating a laundry basket into a custom closet design makes efficient use of floor/wall space and keeps dirty laundry hidden away for improved aesthetics.
8) Pull-out belt rack: How can something so small be so annoying to store? Fret no more; a pull-out belt rack designed specifically for hanging belts keeps them centralized and organized. Mounted on a wall or shelf, slide it out when you need a belt and push it back in for convenient and space-saving storage.
9) Sliding pants rack: Double or even triple the number of slacks you can hang with one of these. Like a pull-out belt rack, a pants rack mounted on sliders keeps pants organized, easy to find, and hidden away efficiently when you don’t need them.
10) Pull out pants rack: This device is similar to a pull-out belt rack but features multiple rods over which slacks can be draped and stored.
11) Pull-out tie rack: It’s also just like a belt rack, but for ties instead.
12) Pull-out Valet rod: This little gizmo is perhaps one of the best innovations in closet design. Think of a horizontal closet rod, except this one pulls straight out. Hang tomorrow’s business suit on this convenient device for quick access in the morning. Simply push the rod back in when not in use, and no one even knows it’s there.
13) Valet rack: The function of this device is similar to the pull-out valet rod but the design is slightly different. It’s a great way to organize several outfits for the upcoming week.
14) Pull-down closet rod: Makes use of every bit of space, even the space up high. Pull it down to get what you need, put it back when you’re done. It’s a great idea for storing out-of-season clothing.
15) Pull-out mirror: It’s there when you need it and tucks away when you don’t.
16) Closet shelving dividers: This is a simple and inexpensive way to make dedicated space for shoes and other smaller items.
17) Spiral shoe rack: Even awkward and otherwise unusable corners can be maximized with this handy gadget that stores shoes and holds their shape too.
18) Spiral clothing rack: This is another great way to make use of awkward corners.
19) Belt hooks: This is yet another way to store and organize belts, keeping them easily accessible, visible and yet out of the way.
20) Shoe fence: Herd them up and corral them together on a closet shelf. The fence keeps them from sliding off and acts as a means of display so you can see them easily. This is an easy and economical closet modification.