With limited space and resources, you can still create your own closet in your room. Even when it seems impossible, there’s always a way.
Here are three ways to get you started on optimizing your place.
Target the right location
It’s up to you to take advantage of the available space by optimizing it.
In a bedroom, you can create a linear closet over the entire length of a wall, providing good visibility to the contents. You can also use doors with mirrors, giving the illusion of a larger space.
If you go for a corner closet, it’ll be more discreet, and offers a greater space gain.
You can also try your luck with a hallway, assuming it leaves at least 2.5 feet of passageway. Under stairs or in the attic are also good locations, even if it limits the storage possibilities.
Try layouts that follow the shape of your room.
In terms of doors, you can try foldable ones, with reduced clearance. Perfect for smaller rooms.
If you can, try to go for sliding doors, which combine many advantages like aestheticism and minimalist size. They are recommended if the total length is greater than 4 feet.
To meet your needs, a closet should be well thought-out.
If anything, it should fit your style of wardrobe. Count your sweaters, pants, pair of shoes, etc.
Give them tailored storage:
- To use hangers, the ideal depth is 2 feet.
- Dresses and coats need a wardrobe with a height of at least 5 feet.
- For jackets and pants, expect one between 3 to 5 feet, which can be installed in two, superimposed parts.
- Sweaters and shirts require shelves of 15 to 20 inches wide.
Also consider the use of added storage locations, useful to squeeze in linens, suitcases, ironing board, etc. Everything will depend on the space you have in your place.
Pre-made or custom
If custom-made works for a very personalized design and optimization, down to the inch, you may not have the budget for it.
Fortunately, standardized modular elements can be combined or scaled, with shelves or rods to be cut, or stretched to perfection. They’ll be able to match your needs at much more reasonable price.
It’ll be up to you to design this project based on what you have, and check that everything fits neatly.
Baskets, bins and other boxes can compensate for the lack of individual lockers or specific shelves.
- Lighting – It’ll facilitate access to your clothes. Think of halogen or LED spotlights integrated into corners or overhead. You can even automate them to trigger when you open the door(s).
- Height – We’ve already said that correct height is a key component of a good closet, but it’s worth repeating. Good height can allow you to combine wardrobes, and top them off onto others. If you have the space, you could potentially have an elevator system that facilitates access to high-up clothes.
- Drawers – Multiply drawers, and go for ones with dividers to store small objects. See-through drawers also work well.
- Accessories – Having the perfect accessories to your closet will be of great use. Specific hangers for clothes, ones dedicated to your daily outfit, or a removable, swiveling mirror are all great options.