Closet Layouts and Configurations

There are many options for closet layouts and configurations that can be a perfect fit for your home and lifestyle.

Modern Reach-In Closet

Modern Reach-In Closet

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The correct closet layout and closet configuration can turn your closet from a nightmare into a dream.

When you are determining the kit that is best for your closet you should consider size and budget. Kits generally come in a 3'-6' option or in a 4'-8' option. They are usually available in white and metal finishes. Most DIY kits are designed for beginners to install and can be done safely and effectively with basic tools like a drill, screwdriver and level.

Expert Picks for Every Closet

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For Your Clothes Closet

Lisa Adams, owner of LA Closet Design in Los Angeles, creates custom closets for celebrities and pro athletes. Her first must-have: skinny hangers. "These take up way less room than wooden hangers. Plus, the velvet finish prevents garments from sliding off," says Adams. Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers, $39 for a set of 48 (in one color), and Huggable Hanger finger clips, $10 for a set of 20, both hsn.com

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A Jewelry Holder

"If you don't need an entire jewelry box, put this velvet-lined tray on a shelf. It has slots for rings, bracelets and necklaces," says Adams. Jewelry insert tray, $46.50, rockler.com

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A Sweater Saver

Lift away pills with a few strokes of this pumice. Sweater stone, $18, thelaundress.com

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A Belt Keeper

You can use this hanger for ties and scarves, too. Honey-Can-Do 12-hook tie hangers, $7.50 for a set of 2, amazon.com

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A Compact Steamer

The closet guru says this tiny gadget "heats up quickly and de-wrinkles everything from delicate blouses to suits." ProCompact garment steamer, $50, shoprowenta.com

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Boot Inserts

Use these to prevent tall boots from losing their shape and flopping on the floor. Boot shapers, $10 for a pair, containerstore.com

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For Your Utility Closet

Scott Roewer, president of Washington, D.C.'s Solutions by Scott, is a certified professional organizer and an expert at taming the most clutter-prone zones. He suggests hanging file bins for paperwork like manuals, warranties and old tax returns. These are sturdy options that come with a cover and a place for a label. Basic file boxes, $22 each, seejanework.com

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Storage for Special Plates

"Stack china in these cases, which are made from recycled plastic bottles. Different sizes hold dinner, salad and dessert plates," says Roewer. Eco-fabric storage cases, $40 for a set of 4, containerstore.com

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An Over-the-Door Catchall

The clear pockets on this organizer make it easy to see what you’ve stashed in them. The Mini Stash, $15, simplystashed.com

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A Footstool and Toolbox in One

"This tool case houses the usual screwdrivers and hammers and helps you reach high shelves," says Roewer. Stack-On Step 'N Stor step stool, $45, hayneedle.com

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A Cleaning Tools Rack

The expert manager of clutter calls this rack "deceptively efficient" as it has room for as many as 13 mops, dust rags or other cleaning supplies. Grook utility holder, $15, containerstore.com

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A Better Way to Store Holiday Lights

Wrapping strands of lights around reels now will ensure you don’t spend hours untangling knots next year. EZ Roll holiday lights reels and bag, $15, target.com

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For Your Coat Closet

Lydia Marks, of New York City's Marks & Frantz Interior Design and Decoration, may be responsible for Carrie’s enviable walk-in closets for the Sex and the City movies, but in real life, she teaches clients how to maximize small spaces. A scarf organizer is a good place to start in your coat closet. This option holds 28. Komplement multiuse hanger, $8, IKEA stores

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Weatherproof Baskets

Snowy mittens and hats won't ruin these bins because they are made from woven plastic. Cabana bins, $88 for a set of 3, serenaandlily.com

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Strong Wooden Hangers

"Solid cedar hangers last a lifetime and keep moths away," says Marks. Cedar hanger, $11, filson.com

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Wall Hooks

Hang the dog's leash on this modern aluminum hook. City wall hook, $40, schoolhouseelectric.com

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A Welcome Mat

"Put wet boots and shoes on this vinyl mat to keep your closet floor clean," says Marks. Sandy Chilewich shag doormat, $45, momastore.org

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A Coat Catcher

Everyday jackets find an easily accessible place on this bright swinging over-the-door hook. Multiplayer door hook, $20, landofnod.com

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The right configuration can maximize your space by providing hangers, shelves and accessories like shoe rods, wire baskets, and drawers. Double rods are a great way to maximize usable space in a closet. Many companies that sell kits also have online tools that help you design a layout and configuration that best suit your needs.

Symmetrical layouts are a great way to design a child's closet and can be spiced up with baskets, cubbies and boxes of different colors. When adults are sharing a large closet, consider tailored walk-in closet design ideas that can maximize the space while providing for the different needs that come with men's and women's clothes.

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