Is your closet suffering from overstuffed shelves and wrinkled, disorganized clothing carelessly crammed onto a single hanging rod? Remodeling your home to add additional closet space is the ideal solution for solving the problem of a small closet, but this somewhat impractical solution is not an option for everyone. For most homeowners, closet organization systems are the most effective way to increase small closet space.
At Organizers Direct, our custom closet consultants have years of experience optimizing space in small closets. We find that most of the issues caused by a small closet can be alleviated with efficient designs that allow you to make the most of the area you have. Here are some of the most common ways we organize small closets.
Evaluate the Space
Our custom closet designers evaluate the total area of the closet, as well as its current configuration during a free in-home consultation. We will begin to plan the layout according to your specific needs assuming you have already purged your closet of any items you do not intend to keep. Whether we are installing an organization system for a walk-in closet or a reach-in, we will need to know how you intend to use the space. For example, slatwall can be installed in a utility room closet to hang mops, brooms and baskets for cleaning supplies. A master bedroom walk-in closet will need room to hang an entire wardrobe, store luggage, and organize your shoes and other accessories.
Plan the Layout
Our custom closet design experts create a digital 3D blueprint to show exactly how the closet will look when the organizational system is installed. Our 3D rendering is far more precise than rough hand-drawn sketches, allowing you to work with your designer to create the perfect, functional space. This process avoids errors and reduces the time it takes to install the organization system.
Use Vertical Space
When we plan the configuration of your closet, we consider all of your closet space from the ground up. Many homeowners keep the majority of their items at eye level or slightly higher. By making use of vertical space, you can greatly increase the area of the closet and easily improve the overall functionality of the room. Simply installing shelving closer to the ceiling can be a major space-saver, as it keeps seasonal items or garments you do not use often out of the way. We suggest using double closet rods to hang clothing more efficiently. This design concept essentially doubles the closet’s storage capacity by allowing two rows of clothing to hang on one wall. Drawers and pullout baskets are helpful to use near the floor of the closet while shelves should be at waist level or above when possible to increase visibility of contents.
Redesign Common Amenities
One of the easiest ways to extend the functionality of your closet is to choose roll-out options for storage. Sliding baskets, pull-out tie, belt and scarf racks and other accessories not only save shelf and drawer space but make accessing items easier. Hooks are another simple but often overlooked closet aid. Hooks can be used to hold anything from purses to bathrobes to hats.
Store Seasonal Items
Put away the sweaters, coats and jackets you know you will not need during the summer months. Storage bins or drawers keep such items out of sight and out of mind until you need them next season. These containers can be placed on a high shelf or in a separate location. Be sure to label the bins adequately before storing.
Keep the Floor Clear
No matter the size of your closet, an uncluttered floor will make the space look much larger than it actually is. Shoes and laundry become jumbled when kept on the ground and inhibit your organizational efforts. Use cubbies, shelves, or hooks to keep items off the floor and out of the way.
Custom closet organization can be a daunting task best left to the professionals. Not only do they have the tools and hardware necessary to complete a closet organization system installation, but their vast experience and 3D design software allows them to work with you to create the perfect tailor-made space to meet your particular storage needs.
Even the smallest closet can offer functional organization when designed thoughtfully and properly. If you are looking for a custom home organization solution, use our Locate a Dealertool. We have more than 250 dealers in the U.S., Canada and the Cayman Islands. Get a free in-home estimate and experience why so many homeowners choose our dealers for their home organization projects.