Closet organization has become a small industry. Multiple-shelf systems make far better use of closet space than the traditional one-shelf-and-a-rod configuration.
The calculator and tips below will help you determine how much hanging space you need for the amount of clothing you want to store.
Please note: For your convenience, this calculation has been rounded up slightly.
Important reminder: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculation. But before purchasing materials for any project, please check amounts with your suppliers or contractors.
- Make a drawing of your existing closet, with exact dimensions, and take it to a home center, where you will probably find several companies offering different ways to get your clothing (and closet) in order.
- Choose shelves made of laminated wood or coated wire, or mix and match. If you have a standard 6-foot-wide closet, you can save money by buying a kit that includes shelves, hanging rods (usually incorporated into the shelves), and perhaps a shoe rack. Or, design your own system with a salesperson's help. Many home centers will cut the shelves for you.
- If you have a small dresser that fits into the closet, you may choose to build around it.
- To maximize closet efficiency, organize your clothing by size, and install shelves to accommodate your wardrobe. Allow 42 inches of vertical space for suits; 60 inches for dresses, and 36 inches for skirts, shirts, blouses, and slacks that are folded over hangers. Of course, allow extra space for future purchases.