Case Study: A Teen Closet Transition

Unorganized and impractical, this teenage closet goes from a wardrobe's worst nightmare to a storage-savvy, dream space.
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When teenagers grow up and leave the nest, they don’t leave all at once. Such is the case in Laura Baer and Mike Levine’s son Zack, who is headed off to college. As her son uses the space less and less, Laura hopes to use it more and more. Unfortunately, the poorly organized space wasn’t particularly conducive to flexible storage. Rows of hooks covered the wall in front of the closet door, providing little in the way of storage.

Always in the Way

The old closet system was more of a eyesore than a helpful storage solution. Shelves filled the back corner of the closet, and a hanging rod in front of the shelves blocked access.

The New Look

The new closet system features a floor-to-ceiling stack of shelves, which maximizes the space right in front of the door. Jeans, shirts and sweatshirts are easy to fold and stack on the shelves. Open bins hold harder-to-store items like sports equipment and some of Laura's out-of-season handbags.

Best Uses for Hanging Storage

The space between the shelves and hanging storage is just big enough for a row of wall-mounted hooks and a brightly colored hamper. The family wanted to make sure they were utlizing every inch of space accurately.

Quick, Space-Saving Solutions

A simple towel bar, mounted on the closet door, has many functions, from displaying Zack's scarves to hanging dry cleaning. Overnight guests can also use the bar for hanging toiletry or clothing bags. It's a win-win for everyone.

Utilizing a Rack the Right Way

Racks offer easy-access storage and keep items off the floor. This wall-mounted belt rack keeps belts visible and neat.

Plenty of Room

Double rods provide upper and lower hanging space—with no hard-to-reach shelves behind. Now, there's plenty of room for Laura's clothes when she decides to use more of the closet for her own out-of-season clothing.

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