Even though closets are getting bigger and more opulent, a lot of closets are standard reach-in closets.
So, for those of us who dream about a huge walk-in master closet but have to deal with a standard reach-in closet there is hope. With the proper layout and organization, even a small closet can work very well. Here are some tips on how to maximize your closet space on a relatively small budget, as can be seen in the two closets above that we recently installed.
- Consider a mix of hanging and non-hanging. Usually a ratio of 70% hanging to 30% shelving seems to be the norm.
- Having a double hanging section will accommodate twice the amount of clothes and is perfect for slacks, blouses,T-shirts, etc. In order to use standard 17” clothes hangers the shelving should be 14” deep.
- Add one smaller section for longer hanging clothes such as dresses, long skirts and suits.
- Usually, the easily accessible center part is used for shelving, drawers or hampers. If space or cost is an issue consider having your accessories and underwear in a separate armoire or cabinet. Drawers not only add considerably to the price, but they also use up space that may be needed for sweaters or shirts.
- Using adjustable shelving will allow you to conveniently modify your closet to suit your changing requirements. Especially helpful with growing children in the home. The industry standard nowadays is based on the 32mm system, which means that you will be able to adjust your shelving and rods within 32mm or 1.25”. However, be aware that usually the top and bottom shelf (sometimes a middle shelf as well) are fixed for stability.
- Wall hung units, attached to a horizontal rail, are easily installed and cost effective. For an explanation of different closet systems, check out our article about Built in Closet Systems.
Regardless what you decide and end up doing, enjoy your closet!