Make the Most of Storage in a Walk-In Closet

Walk in closet storage
Smart organizing ideas and decorating extras help to make this walk-in closet a must-do example of style and storage function.

Reclaiming an Odd Space for a Closet

At first glance, with an oddly sloping ceiling and awkward nooks, this space would seem to be anything but a good spot for a walk-in closet. But built-ins and a mix of storage options take advantage of every square foot. The homeowners cleverly arranged items to be at eye height and arm's reach, disguising less attractive elements behind a pretty striped curtain.

Plan Out Cabinets

This walk-in closet doesn’t have loads of extra space, so the homeowners carefully planned out exactly what they’d need and played with cabinet size and placement to stash as much as possible. A set of doors keeps a variety of clothing items out of sight, leaving room for two moveable laundry baskets and lots of shoe shelves.

Include Specialty Storage

Before you plan any storage in a closet, take everything out and group together like items. Then, search for specialty solutions to make those very difficult or oddly shaped items easier to store. Here, a piece created just to organize ties helps keep them in easy reach and view.

Free Up Floor Space

Because the space is fairly tight, the homeowners needed to find ways to include cabinetry without cutting off access to storage spots. Here, a wall-mount cabinet has open and closed space, with room on one side to access a hanging section of the closet.

Establish Order in Drawers

Lined, divided drawers serve two functions: They separate precious items by function and provide a protective surface to store bracelets, earrings, and more.

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Include Surface Space

The center dressing table offers surface space to lay out clothing or other items, with drawers underneath for storage. A foot or two around the table allows the homeowners to access hanging rods (set at a lower height with slim shelves overhead).

Maintain Separate Zones

Clear dividers also separate larger items in the closet’s center island. Use similar elements to divide by function (T-shirts, tank tops, etc.) or color (darks, lights, whites).

Capture Height

Modular closet elements provide greater flexibility in spaces such as this nooklike walk-in closet. Double-hanging rods offer plenty of room for shirts and pants, while open shelves offer square footage for both grooming supplies, shoes, and a pullout hamper, too.

Include Practical Items

Consider including some closet elements that boost convenience and help to save time. A pullout rod offers a spot for the next day’s outfit; other items to consider include a fold-down ironing board and steamer.

Evaluate Every Space

In addition to dividers, sliders can also help to make the most out of slim spaces. This basket has just enough room for dirty clothes; narrow shelves above it stash low-heeled shoes.

Offer Easy Access

Although some specialized items are worth it, simple hooks and pegs can also work well for adaptable clothing storage. Use hooks and pegs for items that can be worn again before washing, or hoodies required by the weather.

Utilize Open Storage

Items that aren’t in plain sight don’t get used, so open storage or shelves can be a great way to put well-loved pieces on display. A narrow shelf up high puts bags within easy reach.

Group Like with Like

Belts, too -- not always the same size or shape -- can be a storage nightmare in a walk-in closet. Hooks on a slider help to keep them out of the way but gathered together.

Tame Clutter

Miniature baskets keep loose items such as socks and hosiery together; a slide-out rod offers a convenient spot for the next day’s wardrobe -- a morning help for time-crunched families.

Use Identical Elements

The same size and type of hangers also reduces clutter in a closet with good storage. Look for pieces that can hang different types of items, such as tank tops, shirts, and more, as well as those with features including this belt hook.

Hide Storage When Necessary

For space-challenged walk-in closets where there may not be room for extra doors, a curtain rod and fabric curtain can help to disguise messier, less-used areas of the closet.

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