There is a secret about making a custom closet, and we are going to let you in on it. You may think that you can customize the size and stain of the shelves, cabinets and drawers, and that is basically it. This sentiment needs some revision, and a little creativity. Custom closets are infinitely customizable, and aspects of closet systems that you thought came as-is are completely open to negotiation for size and placement. These five closet features might be perfect for you, because you can make them truly yours.
1. Laundry Hamper
Is it really possible to like your laundry hamper? It is a functional device that holds your dirty clothes until you wash them. A pile of dirty, stinky laundry is never a sight you want visitors to stumble upon accidentally. The cheap plastic hamper you have had since college is not impressing anyone, so it is time to upgrade in style and convenience. It is time to build in some laundry storage for your closet. Functional becomes fashionable and efficient, plus it could actually make laundry duty a bit more fun. Walk into a closet and press on a cabinet door. A hamper tilts out, ready for you to make a quick two-pointer out of today’s shirt and pants. You can press the hamper back into the cabinet, and no one else even knows it is there. The best part is that you can minimize the visual clutter in your bedroom that distracts you and makes the place feel messy.
2. Drawer Storage Dividers
Chances are pretty good that your desk at work has some drawer organizer tray that fits exactly zero of the office items you have. Everyone has had to deal with these cookie-cutter trays that are too deep and wide for the small items and too cramped for anything larger. Fortunately, you do not have to suffer through the same disorganization in your closet. Drawer storage dividers can be made at virtually any width or depth. Your jewelry collection, which is forever getting tangled (or worse, lost) in its current arrangement, could be brought to heel with a slide-out lined jewelry tray. Keep your trouser socks and exercise socks separate in your sock drawer, no matter how deep it is. Finally, you will have a place to keep your gloves without having to hunt through a basket for a match.
3. Built-In Makeup Table In Your Closet System
If you typically do your makeup in the bathroom, you know that there is never enough space there for everything you need. It is also uncomfortable to have to stand, bent over toward the mirror, hoping that the sink is not wet. A built-in makeup table in your closet is just what you need to reduce clutter on your bathroom sink and keep your expensive makeup in good shape. Install drawers under the counter for your hair styling implements. Add smaller drawers on the countertop for makeup and nail polish. Leave space on the counter for a magnified mirror, perfect for you to master the winged eyeliner technique. Put a larger mirror at the back so you can watch your hair as you style it, and you have everything you need. With a padded stool, you can sit comfortably while you get ready to go out.
4. Easy Pull-Down Clothing Bar
Closets with tall ceilings can afford you more storage than you expect, but they come with certain obstacles. If you are not particularly tall, you may struggle to reach the hangers on the top hanging bar. This is such an unnecessary hassle. Purchasing a stool for your closet should be something you enjoy sitting on, not something you have to step on every single time you want to get dressed. The best solution to this problem is to install a pull-down clothing bar. It works exactly as it sounds. All you have to do is pull it down to grab a hanger, then let it go and it will shift back into position. Pull-down clothing bars can be made in a variety of widths, so you can have a small one for the next day’s clothing, or keep a week’s worth of outfits on the bar.
5. Ironing Station In Your Closet System
When you look at an ironing board, you might think that it ought to be one of the easiest things in the world to store safely and efficiently. For decades, this was not true. You probably remember some nightmare from your childhood, when opening a linen closet brought the ironing board crashing down upon you. These days, you can hide your ironing board in your custom closet in a way that is easy to pull out and put away, no crashing involved. Creating an ironing station in your closet is ideal, because you can iron your clothes and put them away immediately. Your clothes stay clean and ready, and you do not have to set aside space in another room to do it. Ironing boards in half-size or full-size can be installed into cabinets on their side, so that you can tilt them out and put them away quickly. You might also consider putting an ironing board lying flat underneath the counter. That way, you can simply pull it out and it is ready for use.
When you first start looking at closet systems, you have to realize that what works for someone else may not work for you in the same way. The beauty of custom closets is that you can tailor almost any storage component to work for you, just the way you want to use the closet. These ideas help you start to think outside the box. Contact us today for advice and recommendations from our custom closet experts.