Closet Layouts and Configurations
There are many options for closet layouts and configurations that can be a perfect fit for your home and lifestyle.
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.
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
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
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
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.
See also: Closet Planning Guide
- Armoires and Wardrobes: Closet Storage Ideas and Solutions
- How to Build a Closet Storage Unit
- Clothes Racks and Portable Closets
- Best Uses for Rods and Racks
- Closet Storage Bins and Boxes
- Closet Systems 101