Closet Storage Containers

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Closets can collect more random stuff than any room in a house. Tame the overflow with storage containers that complement your room's decor and restore order to the space. Whether you plan to use bins, boxes, baskets or bags it's important to evaluate how you will use them so that you can identify which will work best.

Boxes with tops or covers are terrific for storing seasonal items, protecting them from dust, moisture, light or pests. They stack easily on high shelves above hanging clothes and are a great way to use an area that can often be underused. Plastic boxes, clear boxes, cardboard boxes and wooden boxes protect while keeping the contents in easy reach.

Closet Inspiration & Ideas

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Walk-In Closet

An attached walk-in closet offers plenty of storage space with a double-hang system for pants, shirts, skirts and more.

Photo By: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Closet: Cindy Barshop's New York City Apartment

The master closet houses Cindy's large collection of shoes, jeans and other apparel.

Photo By: Christopher Lane

Closet With Pinstripe Wallpaper

Pinstripe wallcovering is used in the back of this closet to soften the space and whimsically tie in with the clothes hanging in front.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Shelves Open to Reveal Closet Storage

To accommodate the homeowners' desire for storage, designers created a set of doors that would open to reveal a closet, but would also give extra storage space to the gym area.

Wine Storage in Chicago Closet With Wooden Bottle Racks and Stone Flooring

Wooden bottle racks stretch from floor to ceiling for optimal wine storage in this closet. The natural stone floor adds the feel of a wine cellar while the closet keeps the storage at a convenient location.

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Baird and Warner Real Estate

Photo By: Baird & Warner, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Wireless Sensor Closet Light

Fling open your closet door and a motion sensing 10-LED wireless sensor closet light will turn on. It features LED FloodLight technology, for ultra-bright, glare-free light that lets you clearly see the colors of clothing. It’s easy to install and if you remove it from the wall bracket, it can double as an emergency flashlight.

Photo By: Home Depot

Jewelry Storage in Custom Closet

You would never know that this fabulous walk-in closet was created from an outdoor storage room. An exterior door and window were closed and removed to allow space for custom built-in shelving, providing ample room for clothing, shoes and jewelry. Nicole Norris, ASID, NCIDQ, is responsible for the dressing room design in this North Carolina home.

Photo By: Jennifer VanAllen Fink, Timeless Memories Photography

Walk-In Closet With Wood Stool

With a mix of open shelving, hanging rods and drawers, there's a place for everything in this well-organized closet—and it's all easy to see!

Walk In Closet With Graphic Carpet

This grand his-and-hers closet offers upper hanging rods directly above lower ones, so hanging space is maximized. There are also drawers and lots of open shelves for hats, shoes and even a few pieces of art!

Brown Master Closet With Dressing Table

Cinnamon-colored wood makes up the drawers and cabinets of this handsome (and huge!) walk-in closet. The space even includes a petite dressing table with mirror and, tucked neatly amongst the cabinets, a washer and dryer.

Vacuum storage bags are very popular, efficient and affordable. They are great for large seasonal items like sweaters, jackets and blankets and when space is at a premium they can be a terrific way to maximize it. The clear bags allow you to see what's inside and their vacuum seal protects clothes from moisture, dust and bugs.

Bins and baskets with open tops are useful to maintain order on shelves and help keep clothes folded and unwrinkled. You can get colors, sizes and styles to match any decor and fit anything from socks to blankets. The other great thing about bins and baskets is how easily they travel from the laundry room to the shelf. Bins and baskets are also a terrific way to keep track of toys, balls and sports equipment in children's closets.

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Storage bins, boxes and other containers come in a huge variety of materials. Plastics, metals and cardboard are all affordable and sturdy enough to hold a variety of types and weights of items. You can also create an eclectic look using recycled or repurposed items as storage containers. Keep in mind that the inside of any storage containers should be clean and baskets should be lined to prevent snagging clothes.

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