You would be shocked to know how much a custom closet could improve your whole day. All you have to do is follow these five rules to determine what your closet can do for you.
Rule #1: Plan Your Custom Closet Storage Areas
Before you can plan out your custom closet, you need to know what kinds of storage options are available, and how you can use them. This rule may require most of your time, because a good plan helps to ensure that your closet will work for you right now and in the coming years.
Hanging Rods: Since hanging rods come in virtually every closet, you might think you already understand them. This may not be entirely true. Look at your current hanging rods and see if you have a lot of extra space underneath, or if your dresses and suits are dragging along the ground. The answer will tell you if you can put your hanging rod at the midway point, or if you need a much taller space.
Racks: Adding racks is an ideal way to store a lot of items in a smaller amount of space. Hanging racks provide extra storage for many accessories, without having to use up valuable wall or floor space.
Shelves: Closet shelving may be a lifesaver when it comes to storing bulkier items or medium-size accessories that you want to keep together. Shelves can be designed in a variety of depths, so that you have the space you need to store clothes, baskets or out-of-season gear in bins. Adjustable shelving allows you to change the height of the shelves by the season, giving you more flexibility between your winter gear and your summer shoes.
Drawers: You will probably want to keep some of your clothes in drawers in the closet. In order for them to fit properly, you need to measure the space that your clothes occupy. This ensures that the drawers are large enough to fit your clothing, without leaving too much extra space in the drawer.
Cabinets: Closet cabinets are perfect for bulky sweaters or jackets. Measure the size of the clothing you want to put in the cabinets, so that each cabinet is wide enough, with a depth and height that will allow for perfect folding or hanging every week.
Rule #2: Utilize Corner Shelves
When you design a custom closet, you get to maximize every inch of space in the area. Corner shelves are but one option you can consider to provide you with storage in space that might simply have been cluttered before. Corner shelving can be built to almost any depth, which means that you have wondrous variety in what you could store there. Finally, you will have that extra room you need to store your suitcases, or just a little more space to keep clothes or purses.
Rule #3: Determine Your Shoe Storage Needs
Your shoes need some serious care. They spend most of their time in the closet, and the rest of their time on the road under your feet. The last thing you want is for them to get damaged with poor storage techniques. Perform a sort through your shoes and categorize them by size. This helps you to increase storage efficiency, by using less room for your flats and saving all that wall space for those knee-high boots you have.
You can use a simple shoe rack, but you might also think a bit bigger. If you have a larger shoe collection, or you are simply proud of the pairs you have, feel free to show them off a little. Consider storage options like shelves with glass doors or custom shelving that is open. You will never again fall victim to wearing mismatched shoes to work because you could not see them in the dark. As an added benefit, good shoe storage will keep your shoes in better shape over time.
Rule #4: Showcase Your Accessories in Your Custom Closet
When you think about it, you really have a lot of accessories in your closet. They deserve space and storage that makes it easy for you to find them. Take your purses and bags, and select shelves, hooks or baskets to keep them together and where you can see them. Designate several shallow drawers and add lined dividers to hold all of your jewelry. You will appreciate how simple it is to get a bracelet or necklace, without having to unwind it from a tangled ball. Use hanging racks for your ties, belts and scarves. A hanging rack separates the items and allows you to grab one at a time without unsettling the others on the rack.
Rule #5: Add Custom Elements
The last rule is where you can get creative and personalize the space. As you probably know, closets are about more than just storage. With a few choice pieces, you could turn a walk-in closet into a secret getaway just for you. For example, you might add an island for ironing or folding, with storage drawers or cubbies under the countertop.
Select a bench, with or without padded upholstery, so you can sit to put on your shoes or take them off. If you have the available space, go for a lounge chair and a side table. That way, you can kick back and take a break when you need it. Do not forget about adequate lighting. LED strip lighting can be installed almost anywhere, surface-mounted or with the ability to plug it in. Lighting under shelves showcases special aspects of your custom closet, such as your shoes.
Your custom closet is waiting for you to put it into reality. Would you like to know more about designing a custom closet? Contact us today for expert advice to create a perfect closet to suit your space and your budget.