Let’s face it. A badly designed closet costs the same as a perfectly designed one. What makes all the difference is some careful planning and thought given to the design aspect of it.
1. Think About Your Habits
Closets work best only if you know in advance how you plan on using them, and go about designing them accordingly. Without careful thinking through, many closets end up having too much hanging space, too little shelving, not enough drawer storage or varying combinations of these issues.
Think about how you like things when you’re getting dressed. Do you like to hang your blouses? Or do you prefer to have them in a neat stack? Design your closet in such a way what you can store your most-used items around eye-level, less used things below and the least used things on the higher shelves.
2. Don’t Go Overboard
This is an important step in your design process – deciding on how big or small your closet needs to be. Don’t just sacrifice an entire wall to a closet, before you carefully consider what you’ll be storing inside it. You can keep a small bedroom looking spacious, even with the closet in it, cutting down drastically on the costs involved.
3. Be Ergonomical
Ergonomics aren’t restricted to office chairs alone. You don’t want to be on all fours, trying to look for your favorite pair of shorts, or bend down every time you want to put a handbag or scarf inside the closet.
Plan your closet ergonomically, and you’ll find that things become easier to find, and it’s easier than ever to keep things organized.
4. Keep Things Visible
Being able to see all your clothes and not just the top layer, saves you more time when you are getting dressed, than you might realize. Make use of accessories that help you do this, such as wire bins, glass-front drawers, drawers with dividers and belt and tie racks.
5. Go Drawer-less
Drawers add quite a bit to the price of your modular closet, and also waste precious space. If you already have a dresser in your bedroom, you don’t need drawers for your underwear and socks anyway. Use open shelves for sweaters and tees. Ditch drawers altogether.
6. Hang Your Outside Clothes Off Rods
This is a little-known secret to using your closet space well. Just have hung clothes in your closet. There’s no point in storing ironed clothes in shelves, anyway. You take out one, and you end up messing the whole pile up. Use shelves only for your nightwear, shorts and tees.
7. Keep It Well-lit
A good closet allows you to see what’s inside. Natural light works, but what happens in the absence of it? It’s a good idea to think of lighting options inside your closet. The one thing you may want to be careful about is heat from the light sources. Make sure you consult experts and choose the safest option.
8. Say No To ‘Clever’ Storage Accessories
The market abounds with the newest storage devices and accessories, but not all of them are efficient in the long run. Remember, if something involves more than one action, you’ll soon get tired of using it. The only decent storage hack that works for belts, ties and scarves are the racks that slide in and out. It isn’t a bad idea investing in those.
9. Incorporate Flexibility
Plan your hanging and shelf options in such a way that you can switch them based on your needs. In summers, for instance you might need more hanging space to hang your shirts and blouses, but winters might need more shelf space for winter essentials. Keep things flexible.
10. Make Maximum Use Of Vertical Space
It’s important that you take advantage of all the available space, from the ceiling, down to the floor. Use bins on the high shelves to keep things organized and easy to access, and roll-out boxes that sit close to the floor. Use these to store things you don’t use regularly.