Things to Consider When Designing Your Closet

Most people don’t think of their closet as an appliance, but it really is. A modern closet is more than just storage space. It is a functional household tool that keeps your space livable and un-cluttered. Even the simplest closets usually have a specific purpose (storing clothes, linens, cleaning supplies, etc.) and once you know what that purpose is, you need a plan for making it functional and enjoyable. Here are a few things to consider when planning a new design for your closet.

1. What is the purpose of this space?
Never make your closets pull double-duty. Utility closets should be used for that purpose, not for storing linens or sports gear for wont of a better place. Decide how the space is going to be used based on size, location and accessibility and commit to using it only for that purpose.

2. How do you want to use your walk-in?
Do you want to be able to sit down? Do you want to be able to get ready for work without having to run around the house? Consider adding a chair or bench. This is a great idea that will allow you to quickly change socks or shoes and get on with your day. A storable solution would be even better and it would free up space.

As you move in and out, you might want to check that outfit or give yourself the once-over without having to run all over the house looking for a mirror. Installing one in the closet will help you straighten that tie or give your hair a final flip before heading out.

A final practical use for walk-in space is an ironing board. If space permits, having one in the closet is a time-saving convenience that will help you keep your wardrobe looking sharp and properly stored so the wrinkles don’t return. There are a number of murphy bed-type designs that virtually disappear into the walls until needed. This maximizes your space while also making full use of it in a practical way.

3. What About Smaller Spaces?
The key to smaller spaces is maintaining accessibility. The best closets are those that do not lend themselves to simply “throwing and going.” Make sure that every inch of that space has a specific purpose. Keep shelf space proportionate to what is going to be stored there so items don’t just get piled in front of or on top of each-other. There are other space-saving solutions you can use to maximize this space and keep cleaning products organized as well.

Linen closets should also be proportioned to accommodate the various items that will go in them. Work from the floor up, beginning with the largest items and finish with the smallest at the top. Storage containers for seasonal items are also a great solution, but they will require some floor space.

Knowing the answers to these questions beforehand will help you to improve the functionality and appeal of your closet, regardless of the size or purpose of the space.

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