Oh Boy: Clever Closet-Organizing Tips

Give a boy's closet a storage-packed, industrial makeover with the ingenious use of home improvement store items.

Multifunctional Boy's Closet

In a single day, what used to be a lifeless place to store items is now a multifunctional, color-soaked place to keep toys, sports equipment and clothes organized.

Garage Storage System

Many home improvement stores carry easy-to-assemble industrial tool storage systems. Use these in a closet to hold games and sporting equipment. A metal mailbox is great for storing schoolwork, while the attached newspaper hook is perfect for holding baseball bats.

A Drawer for Books

Tool storage base cabinets often come with integrated drawers. Store books in them to keep clutter out of sight.

Seamless Flooring

Using the same type of flooring in the closet and bedroom creates a seamless transition. Carpet tiles in both spaces make the room appear larger while bringing a whimsical look.

Lockable Storage

As boys grow up, they'll have valuables they want to keep away from younger siblings. Lockable doors offer the functionality and practicality of safes and vaults without taking up extra space.

Organized Sports Equipment

Sports equipment is often the main source of clutter in a boy's room. Wall-mounted tool storage cabinets keep cleats, sneakers and balls easily accessible yet tucked away. Use shelves to keep smaller items lined up, and designate the cabinet for baskets that hold larger items.

Adjustable Feet

Since most homes don't have perfectly level floor surfaces, adjustable feet are a must. Once the wall-mounted cabinet is installed, adjust the feet until evenly lined up.

Hanging Storage

To use a small closet for both concealed and hanging storage, mount rods slightly above and just below a wall-mounted cabinet. This will give room to hang clothing on either side of the cabinet.

Stunning Finishes

Finishes can make a huge impact in a closet when you're working with limited space. Invest in wooden hangers to help with the overall design aesthetic and to hang clothes neatly. Light woods like birch or painted wooden hangers work best. To bring a masculine feel, install rods with silver or black finishes.

Door Storage

Put all vertical space to good use with hanging door organizers. This door-mounted organizer includes hooks for hats and hoodies as well as canvas pockets for books. A shelf keeps toys within arm's reach.