Bedroom Storage & Organizers Buying Guide
A charming personal butler could hardly do a better job keeping your clothes sorted and dust-free than the many nifty options available for bedroom storage needs. Here are some options to consider -- and none require wages like a butler.
Types of Bedroom Storage & Organizers
Storage is like the fingerprint of your home -- its unique to you. After all, no two people store the same items in the same way. To organize your bedroom closet precisely for you, spend time preparing, measuring, and listing the items you need to stow; estimate how often you access each item; and categorize items (daily workout outfits and winter wear, for example). Finally, evaluate these organizational helpers.
Closet organizers are temporary storage tools you can add to any basic closet. These include shoe bags you hang on the door, sweater bags and tie racks that suspend from the closet bar, or shoeboxes and handbag bins that stack on a shelf. The tools come in a variety of hard- or soft-sided materials from plastic to bamboo to paper-covered cardboard.
A closet system is a built-in framework. It includes hanging bars, drawers, and shelves attached to the wall. The system components are often made of vinyl-coated wire, but also can be laminate or wood. You might add other organizational tools, such as shoeboxes and sweater racks.
Ubiquitous in every home, hangers play invisible but vital roles holding and sorting clothes. Rarely do we give them consideration. Yet several types of hangers perform better than basic wire ones. Wood hangers, for example, support heavy items such as suit jackets. Plastic hangers let you color-code items in your closet and dont leave creases on shirt shoulders. Other specialty hangers, such as felted or bendable hangers, let you choose a customized hanger for a clothing item. You can bend divots into a felted hanger, for example, to secure the slender straps of a slippery silk tank top.
Choose an organizer based on the need before or after laundering. For dirty laundry, hamper styles let you gather clothes in one bundle or sorted by color. Whatever style you choose, the organizer should be breathable to prevent smells from amplifying and damp items from mildewing. Organizers help with the cleaning, drying, and sorting process. Several specialty tools help launder specific items, such as fragile lingerie or ball caps.
Shoe storage systems keep your footwear from becoming a dense leather-and-canvas pile. Youll find metal racks for the floor or ones that mount to a vertical surface; open shelves that hang from closet rods; pocketed sleeves that suspend from a door; and individual shoeboxes, which may contain peekaboo windows or labels so you can quickly see what each box holds.
Think through the type of storage you need and the items youll store to help you as you shop.
Purchasing a closet organizer involves several steps. First, consider your overall budget. Systems vary widely in price. Consider your closet design and its measurements. Do this yourself, or consult a professional closet organizer to measure for you. He or she will suggest the most efficient storage components for you. Consider the items you need to store. Are they primarily clothes? Inventory the number of pants, dresses, shoes, belts, and other items. Do you also store your skis and spare duvet in the closet? Youll need a way to accommodate specialty items. Finally, are extra bells and whistles important? Do you need lighted sections to help you differentiate black from navy blue? If you are short or use a wheelchair, some systems feature pull-down bars so you can reach high-hanging clothes.
Some closet organizers look utilitarian, but you can purchase decorative ones, such as cardboard shoeboxes covered with patterned paper. If your closet will be on view, you might want the decorative organizers. Plain ones will be easier on your budget.
Before you invest in a new set of hangers (and it is an investment: some premium wood hangers cost $12 each), determine how many you need for your current clothes. If the new hangers take up more closet-rod space than the previous hangers (for example, wood and cloth-padded hangers are thicker than plastic and wire ones), youll need to limit the clothes you hang. Consider installing a closet system, adding a second hanging bar, or looking for hangers that chain together vertically. Hanger accessories, such as labels and dividers, may be helpful organizational tools.
Many specialty tools help ease laborious and necessary laundering chores, so start the shopping process by identifying the laundry stage you most detest. Identify the problem, and youll find a solution exists. If its sorting socks, purchase sock clips, which keep pairs together in the wash. If folding is your nemesis, invest in a folding helper, such as a FlipFold laundry folder. If you wish to limit the cost and energy use of your clothes dryer, look for an inexpensive collapsible rack.
The kind of shoe storage tool you choose depends on your discipline about storage tasks. Will you take time to put shoes into individual boxes? Or would you prefer to slip them into pockets on the door? Do you want to bend down to select pairs from a rack, or is it easier to slide them out of a shelf that hangs from the closet rod? Shoes get dusty on open shelves and racks. Individual boxes keep them clean and sorted but take up a lot of space. Sometimes, determining the proper shoe storage is a matter of trial and error. Ask about a stores return policy and, if possible, take home a few types to try out with your shoes.