Armoires and Wardrobes: Closet Storage Ideas and Solutions

Solve the problem of limited storage with a freestanding closet.

Traditional Bedroom

Traditional Bedroom

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Photo by: John Grow / Cheryl Gray

John Grow / Cheryl Gray

Photo courtesy SLP

By: Jennifer Crutchfield
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Armoires and wardrobes can rescue you from limited storage space. Whether you live in an old house or have found the perfect urban apartment you may be faced with small or almost nonexistent closets that present a practical and design challenge as you face your storage needs for clothes and accessories.

Wardrobes that Wow

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Clever Curtain Placement

This loft apartment features spacious storage for belongings to be neatly tucked away in the corner. Purple curtains complement the room's color scheme and provide easy access to showcase or conceal a collection of personal items. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

Modern Style

Everything about this system is stylish and easy to locate, which makes getting ready a breeze. The artistic cabinetry created by California Closets features adjustable glass shelving to store a variety of accessories, perfumes and purses.

Space-Savvy

This wardrobe is created in a room that lacks any existing closet space. Designed by ClosetMaid, this functional focal point utilizes a balance of drawers, shevles and hanging space to store clothing and accessories.

Matching Design

The abundance of storage space in this wardrobe competes with a full walk-in closet. While organization is essential in closet planning, it's very important to consider how the closet system fits with the surrounding design elements. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

Old World and Functionality

Timeless, custom cabinetry with full-height storage neatly displays his and her belongings. This closet system, designed by Studio Becker, is made from Mahogany and can easily pass for a fine antique.

Dramatic Elements

Getting ready for a night out on the town is a treat in this space. Recessed lighting and elegant velvet curtains create a dramatic effect, showcasing this custom-designed, ClosetMaid wardrobe.

Wire System Wardrobes

For those on a budget a wire system wardrobe is a wonderful option. It can easily be installed and uninstalled, and is functional for almost any space. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid

The word armoire comes from the French word for a standing closet used for storing clothes. Armoires and wardrobes often have hanging spaces, sliding shelves and drawers. They are tall pieces of furniture and can be difficult to move up and down stairs but are usually beautiful and well crafted. A small investment at your local hardware store can turn the inside of an armoire or wardrobe into a well-organized closet storage system.

The drawers are great for storing socks, blankets and out-of-season clothes. Often the inside of an armoire or wardrobe will have a small rod that extends the width of the piece but may not be the best use of the space. Consider installing double rods on the left and right sides that extend the depth of the sides and allow space to hang blouses and skirts or pants.

Armoires and wardrobes can provide auxiliary closet space in adult bedrooms, children's bedrooms and bathrooms, and can even be effective in kitchens or laundry rooms. Retailers have a wide variety of armoires and wardrobes provide maximum storage while retaining the unique look of the old style.

Whether you are searching flea markets, online retailers or weekend yard sales you can find attractive and practical ways to increase the storage in all of your home's spaces.

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