12 Steps to Your Dream Closet

Closet expert Lisa Adams shares ways you can create your dream closet.

  • Organized Clothes Closet

    Take Inventory of Your Closet

    Lisa Adams, CEO of LA Closet Design Company, knows what it takes to transform your closet into a space you'll actually want to spend time in. She suggests going through your closet and taking inventory of all the items as the first step. Once you know what you want to keep, separate them into categories to help you organize them in the best way possible.

  • Well-Organized Spacious Walk-In Closet

    Use as Much Space as Possible

    \"The best way to maximize space in a closet is to effectively use the corner, depth and height spaces in a closet,\" Lisa says. Make sure you have access to all these spaces by incorporating pull-down rods or pullout shelves. In corners, consider a carousel or a custom corner hanging rod so you are using every square inch of space possible.

  • Glamorous Walk-In Closet

    Add Some Pullout Hooks

    Use hooks to organize clothing and handbags. Many people don't think to add hooks to their closet rods because they can take up too much room, but Lisa considers them a must-have for any closet. \"They are essential for packing and getting dressed\" and will save you unexpected space, she says.

  • Walk-In Closet with Mirror

    Hang Plenty of Mirrors

    If your walk-in closet doesn't have much space, Lisa recommends designating a wardrobe space in your bedroom instead so you have more room for storage in your closet. Add mirrors wherever you can to create the illusion of a larger space.

  • Closets with Glass Doors

    Add Personal Touches

    Make your closet into a space you want to spend time in by decorating with personal items. \"This is an opportunity to include your favorite designer books, photos, paintings, etc.,\" Lisa says. Bringing in an oversized chair and installing carpet gives the space a relaxed, comforting feel.

  • Walk-In Closet with Window

    Install Wallpaper on an Accent Wall

    Lisa uses wallpaper in closets on an accent wall and keeps to subtle prints so it won't appear too overwhelming. Install it on a wall with a window so the natural light highlights the details.

  • Bookshelf Shoe Organizer

    Use Combination Storage

    To store shoes, Lisa uses a combination of storage options, including boot rods, flat shelves for most shoe types and angled shelves for heels. Use pullout shoe shelving if you have depth in your closet.

  • Extended Clothing Rod

    Maximize Your Space With Pullout Rods

    A pullout rod is one of the best ways to get the most out of your space because it uses as much square footage as possible. It allows your items to be easily accessible without taking up too much space.

  • Walk-In Closet with Dresser

    Choose the Best Lighting

    Many people only think to add lighting through a lamp or pendant light, but there are several ways to bring it in, such as LED lights in hanging rods. \"With lights built directly into the hanging rods, it allows you to see every piece of garment hanging,\" Lisa says.

  • Dresser Jewelry Organizer

    Separate Your Jewelry With Inserts

    To store your jewelry, place loose items in decorative pottery, and purchase drawer inserts to help you organize and separate all of your pieces. \"Create space for every item — that way, everything has its place and it's much easier to stay organized,\" Lisa says.

  • Converted Closet with Dresser

    Incorporate Some Color

    Bringing color into your closet will not only breathe life into the space, but it will make it feel like every other room in the home — instead of just a storage area. Tie in colors from the bedroom through decorative pieces like a comfortable chair, flowers or lighting, Lisa suggests.

  • Clothing Store Glass Cabinets

    Use Cabinetry Where You Can

    \"Most people only consider adding cabinetry to the perimeter of the closet,\" Lisa says. \"By adding a full height peninsula, you are creating more wall space for storage.\" Install glass doors to the cabinets to give the space a boutique-style look while making the space appear larger.

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