Simple Closet Ideas to Upgrade Your Storage Space Quickly

Organized Interiors is renowned for our showpiece closets but that’s not the only type of closet design we specialize in.

Not every home has the space for a large walk-in closet with features like an island and decorative add-ons such as crown moulding, baseboard, sculpted edges, and glass cabinet doors.

And naturally, a more elaborate closet project doesn’t fit into every homeowner’s budget.

A custom reach-in closet or smaller walk-in closet with a simpler design can still work wonders for your bedroom’s storage functionality, while still providing high quality and stylish looks.

Advantages of choosing simple closet ideas

Transforming a closet space of any size with a smarter layout and features to maximize storage space is a great investment and comes with undeniable benefits.

Most importantly, you’ll streamline your daily routine by having a home for everything, which makes the closet easier to keep tidy.

Your closet’s old interior may have consisted of little more than a well-worn hanging rod, sagging top shelf, and poor lighting. A closet makeover will refresh the appearance of your wardrobe storage space.

There are also some specific benefits to using more simple closet ideas when you’re having a closet’s design put together by a professional:

  • they’re obviously more affordable, allowing homeowners with more modest budgets to still have a closet designed that fits their needs
  • your order will usually be able to be turned around in less time, so you can get your closet storage needs addressed quickly

Get inspired with these simple closet ideas

We wanted to show you some simple closet ideas that we’ve incorporated into some of our completed projects. 

The photos show that a less elaborate and modestly priced reach-in or walk-in closet makeover still projects a stylish, elegant, and very tidy look.

Take a look and maybe you’ll see a concept that based on some simple closet ideas that are right for your home.

Double reach-in closet with Chocolate Pear finish

Here is a double reach-in closet in a master bedroom. For this space, we used a melamine finish called Chocolate Pear that’s one of our most popular dark finishes.

Chocolate Pear’s rich, appealing look is one reason for the finish’s popularity. Another reason is it tends to be available in all the various materials (like thermo and formica/arborite in addition to melamine) we use when making our cabinetry on-site at Organized Interiors’ manufacturing facility.

We created a space within the closet that has useful access from both doorways. As you’ll see in the next image, this closet is completely open inside and there’s no dividing wall between the door openings.

The name “reach-in”, of course, is derived from the fact that the closet’s shallow depth typically doesn’t allow you to step inside of it. With this particular closet, you could technically walk between the interior space between the closets but for all intents and purposes, it’s a reach-in.

Double reach-in closet with a Chocolate Pear finish.

Utilizing a smart closet layout design is crucial

Two separate closet spaces with identical dimensions can deliver drastically different levels of functionality and storage space, purely because of how the layout was conceived.

Our design consultants always strive to devise creative and practical designs that enable each of our clients to get the most out of their remodelled closet.

With this closet, the absence of a dividing barrier between the closets allows for flexibility with the closet’s layout.

We set up the left side of the closet with double hanging rods for short clothes. The biggest part of any closet renovation is freeing up the “real estate” by doubling up closet rods and opening up the length of the space.

The right-hand side of the closet is split. On the left is a tower of shelves for folded clothes, handbags, shoes, etc. To its right is space for hanging long clothes.

Remember that long hanging does not mean just dresses. Oversized shirts and suit jackets typically need more vertical space than other short items. And if you prefer to hang your pants long by the pant cuff, they too will need more vertical clearance than shirts and blouses.

More simple reach-in closet ideas

This closet features a very common setup for a small reach-in closet design.

Trying to shoehorn drawers into a narrow closet such as this one isn’t always practical. Instead, a narrow bank of shelves can still accommodate plenty, whether it’s folded shirts, pants, sweaters, or even smaller items like socks in baskets on shelves.

Although it’s difficult to tell from the photo, the upper shelf in this closet is recessed. The shelf tower itself is a good depth (around 16″) for storing folded adults’ clothes. The top shelf is shallower at 12″. This choice was made to provide better access to the shelf, considering it’s at the same height as the doorway.

Once again, we’re showing a combination of double and long hanging for clothes – how that is split or not is entirely up to you.

If you don’t need to hang many items in the closet (such as with a guest closet), we can simply install a single rod. Don’t have anything long to hang? We can set your entire closet space up with double hanging rods.

A standard white closet never goes out of style.

Simple closet ideas for walk-ins

Here’s an example of a straightforward walk-in closet. Clothes on the left side of the photo below combine double short hanging with long hanging on the right for a bathrobe.

A shelf tower uses the wall as the back for the shelves. The closet rods are suspended between walls and gables.

You may prefer to use some of the space on the closet’s side for a full-length mirror. Perhaps you’d favour moving the placement of the shelf and drawer tower to another location in the closet’s design. Whatever your space allows for, Organized Interiors is all about meeting your specific storage needs.

Luxury walk-in closets feature lots of decorative detail that certainly enhances the appearance of the closet space. These additions don’t always serve a functional purpose.

Every inch counts when you’re striving to boost the functionality of your closet storage. Unless you have a particular look in mind for your closet, you don’t need to add extra decorative touches and features.

 

Don’t forget the linen closet!

The linen closet tends to get overlooked as a home storage space worthy of an upgrade.

Yes, it’s a utilitarian storage area but that doesn’t mean it can’t function better and look nicer. Simple closet ideas apply perfectly to a linen closet, which doesn’t require quite the same level of design detail as a bedroom closet.

This catch-all space for towels, bed sheets, blankets, and other linens can easily become overwhelmed and untidy.

Adding custom cabinetry with adjustable shelving will make the space function more efficiently. You can space your shelves close together to store soaps and other bath essentials or open up the spacing for thick blankets and pillows.

A linen closet in a Toronto condo.

Simple closet ideas for a unique closet space

“Simple” definitely doesn’t need to mean inferior or low quality when it comes to your closets. The simple closet ideas and designs featured here are unique projects that, we think you’ll agree, look great.

Organized Interiors specializes in closet makeover projects of all sizes that can accommodate any budget.

Whether you’re searching for an affordable simple closet design that you can have installed quicker or are looking to splurge on a dream closet, we have a solution for you.

Request your free in-home design consultation to get your closet project started.

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9 Smart Organization-Related Gift Ideas for the Home

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It’s the holiday season and you’re probably looking for some great gift ideas for that hard-to-shop-for person on your gift list.

Choosing something that helps the people in your life stay a little more organized makes for a gift that’s both thoughtful and practical.

We’ve put together a list of some helpful gift ideas for the home that can be used for gift-giving budgets both large and small.

Ranging from full room makeovers to some handy gadgets and devices, all of these gift ideas for the home will enable anyone to keep their house or condo tidier.

1. Label maker

label makerWhether it’s used in somebody’s home or office, a label maker simplifies the process of creating easy-to-read labels for just about anything. 

Any user will have plenty of printing sizes, fonts, symbols, and character colours to work with in order to produce labels that have a consistent, professional look.

The handy devices come in handheld and desktop models and while they may be small, they offer a lot of versatility. Use them for:

  • all-purpose labelling 
  • crafting and gift-giving
  • making iron-on labels for clothing

2. Device charging station

We use so many electronic devices nowadays, which means we also have lots of device chargers scattered throughout the home.

Give someone you know a multi device charging station to make it easier to keep their family’s smartphones, tablets, and chargers a bit more organized.

A charging station naturally won’t be used every time someone in the house needs to recharge their device. However, adding a device power station to the kitchen, front hallway, or living room provides a convenient, central spot that can cut down on clutter and time that’s wasted looking for the proper charger.

Charging stations come in a few different designs. There’s the plug-in type, the dock type, and the pad type, where you just place your devices on the pad to charge them.

3. Custom closet makeover

Are you buying for someone who regularly complains about the disorderly state of their bedroom closet?

You can help them reclaim the hours of lost time they waste every year dealing with a messy closet by treating them to a custom closet makeover.

An effective closet organization system creates a place for everything and is the best solution for maximizing the storage space in a closet.

With a custom closet makeover, your gift recipient’s storage needs and design tastes can all be accommodated in order to create a functional wardrobe storage space they’ll love.

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4. Purse organizer

Any woman in your life will appreciate the usefulness of a purse organizer. These liner inserts are set within a purse and are loaded with pockets and compartments that will keep any purse well-organized.

These organizers can also be conveniently removed to easily transfer the contents from one purse to another. Purse organizers are very affordable as well, ranging in price from $5 up to around $40.

Make sure you choose a purse organizer that’s not made from heavy material, so as not to weigh down anyone’s purse too much.

5. High speed mobile scanner

mobile scannerA high speed mobile scanner helps to cut down on the paper clutter that contributes to a home’s disorganization.

If someone you’re buying for has been slow to adapt to modern times and still gets their bills via snail mail, give them a scanner to digitize bills, receipts, and other important documents that need to be kept.

Go for a mobile, high speed scanner model to make scanning anything in the home as easy as possible. A mobile scanner can also be used to digitize a photo collection (and provide a digital backup of anyone’s valuable family pictures).

Some scanner models will only scan documents and some will only scan photos, so look for a multi-purpose scanner that can handle both tasks.

6. Craft room

Giving someone the gift of a dedicated space that allows them to enjoy a hobby they love will be a special gesture that isn’t soon forgotten.

Organized Interiors’ craft room designs make space for anyone’s creativity, whether their passion is for:

  • drawing
  • sewing
  • music
  • scrapbooking
  • pottery
  • painting

A craft room can also allow a gift wrapping station to be set up, providing an organized, easy-to-use wrapping area for future holiday seasons and other gift-giving occasions

craft room

7. Bluetooth tracker

Next to smartphones and remotes for TVs and other A/V devices, house and car keys are a home’s most misplaced items, according to a survey done by a company that designed an iPhone location app.

The survey found that at least once a week, 28% of the respondents misplaced their car or house keys.

If this is a regular problem for someone you’re buying for this holiday season, help them out with a Bluetooth tracker that can be attached to items such as:

  • key rings
  • wallets
  • purses
  • smartphones
  • luggage

The small tracking tile is synced to a smartphone app that helps you pinpoint the location of your lost item. Tile is a reputable manufacturer of Bluetooth trackers and they carry a variety of tracker types that make great stocking stuffers.

8. Coffee pod spinner

gift ideas for the home, coffee pod spinnerWhat’s more convenient than single-serving coffee pods? As pod coffee makers continue to become more commonplace in homes, many new delicious flavours and brews become available.

Sure, you could keep your kitchen counter tidy by keeping all of those pods in a decorative basket or jar, but that doesn’t always make your favourite coffee flavour the easiest to find.

Gift someone with a coffee pod spinner, which makes it easier to find and organize coffee pods. Prices typically range from around $12 to $60.

9. Entertainment centre

Could someone you’re buying for this holiday season use an upgrade to the room where they watch their movies, TV shows, and streaming content?

Maybe the storage space for their TV and A/V devices just lacks style or maybe their entertainment room looks untidy.

A cluttered home entertainment space these days isn’t uncommon. After all, consider the large number of electronics we use now, such as PVRs, streaming boxes, video game consoles, surround sound systems, sound bars, etcetera.

That creates a setup with a lot of wires, remotes, and additional peripherals that can create a disorganized look in a room.

Consider giving a customized entertainment centre to someone as a gift this year to create a stylish, all-in-one storage space for a room’s electronic devices and accessories.

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Give the gift of organization this holiday season

Organized Interiors can help you with some of these smart and practical gift ideas for the home. Visit our showroom in Vaughan to get a little organization inspiration this holiday season.

We also provide complimentary in-home consultations. It takes less than a minute to fill out this consultation request form and we’ll promptly get back to you.

Happy holiday shopping!

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7 Things You’ll Love About a Custom Closet System

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Is your bedroom closet a war zone?

Dealing with that constant closet mess gets exhausting. Stop wasting time searching for clothes in all of that clutter. It’s time for a closet makeover.

Should you save a few bucks and settle for the more limited range of choices that comes with buying DIY “off the shelf” closet systems at a local store or online?

Or is the closet space you want worthy of a little more care and special attention to justify investing in a custom closet system?

When you consider what a vital role a bedroom closet plays in your life every single day, the answer should be quite clear.

Keep reading to find out why you’ll love what a custom closet system provides for your home.

1. An organized custom closet is a beautiful thing

Bedroom closets that are well-designed (and therefore very organized) will save you a lot of time and headaches. That’s reason enough to give serious consideration to a custom closet system.

By creating a home for each item of clothing and accessory you own, a closet organization system does the following things:

  • makes everything much easier to find
  • significantly simplifies the process of putting things away
  • becomes an organized space you feel comfortable in
  • maximizes closet storage space
  • can be tailored to look and function just the way you need

2. A custom closet system is built to last

The materials and craftsmanship with an assemble-it-yourself store-bought closet system simply won’t match up to the quality you’ll get from a professionally designed custom closet system.

Most of us have bought flimsy prefabricated storage products that just aren’t durable and lack any style or character.

Consider the money and time you’ll spend on shopping for a cheap closet storage system, installing it yourself, and then replacing it sooner than you’d like. Why not do it right the first time and just invest in something nicer and longer lasting?

That better quality is one of the things you’re paying a little more for. And quite reasonably, you should expect that higher quality to translate into a longer life and fewer problems.

Also, keep in mind that a high-quality custom closet system is a smart investment you’ll benefit from for many years and then get to enjoy the back-end benefit it has when selling your home.

Homebuyers covet ample home storage space, especially efficient closet storage space. And if your closet system looks that much nicer, buyers will take notice.

3. A custom closet system expresses who you are

A DIY closet system is designed to appeal to the highest number of consumers possible. Unfortunately, that “mass appeal” product strategy severely restricts the ability to customize or adapt to a customer’s specific taste, or perhaps even the unique dimensions of someone’s closet space.

A custom closet system on the other hand (especially one in a dressing room or large walk-in closet), is a wonderful way to express your personality and can be adapted to your needs.

From exhibiting your taste in décor to your taste in clothes by showcasing your wardrobe collection, a closet that’s carefully customized to your requirements will become a space you look forward to entering, instead of dreading.

When a custom closet designer is putting a closet’s design together, it’s a collaborative process with the client.

How the closet is laid out, what types of accessories are incorporated into the design, and which types of finishes and hardware are used will all give the custom closet its identity.

And when the project is completed, that identity should accurately reflect just who you are.

4. Get a better product warranty

Another reason you’ll love a custom closet system is the better warranty they typically provide.

DIY closet organizer kits usually have a one or two-year limited warranty. And if you mess up any aspect of the installation, that’s on you because you’re the installer.

Having to replace parts that are covered under warranty for a closet organizer purchased in a store or online can take time and be a headache. There’s also no guarantee parts will be available for one of their discontinued products years from now.

Companies that specialize in custom closets, however, tend to be more accommodating and convenient if follow-up service is needed. They also usually provide longer warranties.

Organized Interiors, for example, carries a 10-year warranty on our products, which guarantees them to be free from defects in workmanship or materials.

A longer warranty and the assurance of reliable customer service, if needed, can provide a comforting peace of mind when deciding on which closet organization system to buy.

woman's classic custom closet system

5. Custom closets come with custom closet expertise

Most likely, you have no idea what goes into properly designing a custom closet system.

That sales associate working in the home organization department at your local big box store where the closet organization systems are sold? Let’s face it, they’ll probably only have a limited amount of knowledge on the topic of closet design.

Sure, you can do some online research, but there’s simply no substitute for genuine expertise when it comes to having a well-rounded knowledge of a trade.

Like any design trade, there’s a significant amount of expertise required in order to produce an effective custom closet design.

A talented, experienced closet designer will know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to putting together a great closet organization system.

They’ll have helpful suggestions and know-how related to important features like:

6. A tidy bedroom closet = a tidy bedroom

Restoring order to not just your bedroom closet, but any closet in your home has a positive “knock-on effect”.

Just as an overstuffed front entryway closet will eventually lead to your front hallway becoming messier, the same holds true for your bedroom closet and bedroom (probably even more so).

Your bedroom closet clutter will start to become clutter that’s finding its way into your main bedroom space. Shirts and pants will start getting draped over chairs or hung in places they shouldn’t be kept.

Maybe you resort to buying a hanging rack that’s stuck in a bedroom corner in order to handle what your closet is no longer capable of storing. That’s never a good look.

Keeping your bedroom tidy by making sure your closet is functioning the way it should is important. Having too much bedroom clutter can contribute to poor sleep habits and added stress (on top of the stress of dealing with just a messy closet).

That’s because keeping the area where you’re spending at least a third of your day in a disorganized state taxes your brain and makes it harder for you to relax.

classic custom closet system

7. Save time and feel less stressed

It’s frustrating when it takes much longer than it should require to find something in a messy closet.

Repeat that experience daily (and often more than once per day) and the degree to which a cluttered closet becomes a huge time suck can get downright depressing.

Frequently, you’re racing against the clock to find something or make a wardrobe decision, which only adds to your heightened stress.

There’s also time wasted because you have to sometimes re-iron clothing that’s gotten wrinkled in an overstuffed closet.

A well-designed closet that’s easier to maintain eliminates all of these issues. You can streamline your daily routine and end up saving many hours of wasted time each year.

With so many stressful things to deal with in our busy lives, you can lighten your stress load a little simply by keeping your closet tidier.

Get a custom closet system you’ll love

Organized Interiors’ clients who have had us design a custom closet system for their home absolutely love what we can do with any closet space.

To find out what kind of creative wizardry our design experts can accomplish with your closet space, take just a few seconds to book a free in-home consultation with us.

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The 10 Most Important Closet Storage Tips You’ll Ever Need

Keeping a closet space neat and tidy is an ongoing and daily process.

It can only take a few days for closets to go from functional to dysfunctional, either because we lack the time, are too tired, or are simply feeling too little lazy to put things away properly.

With the help of a few closet storage tips, you should find your closets require a lot less effort to maintain and keep clutter-free.

10 essential closet storage tips

These 10 important closet storage tips include a few organization ideas that might seem like no-brainers, such as reducing the amount of clothes you own.

But sometimes the most obvious solution to a problem is the one we fail to identify until it becomes glaringly obvious.

Go through our list of closet storage tips for a helpful reminder on some simple, fundamental strategies to restore order to your closets.

Hopefully you’ll also discover a useful closet storage and organization idea or two here that might not have occurred to you before.

1. Re-evaluate the size of your wardrobe

Re-evaluating how many items really need to be stored in your closets and taking meaningful action to reduce your wardrobe to a manageable size is one of our more common-sense closet storage tips.

It’s something that many of us fail to do, however. Consider the following statistics:

  • 61% of women who have a hard time finding anything in their closet end up buying new clothes. (OnePoll survey)
  • 80% of your clothes are only worn about 20% of the time. (NAPO study)
  • A study of over 2,000 U.S. women revealed that their closets had an average of $550 worth of unworn clothing. (10 Yetis survey)

Having a clothing collection comprised of numerous things you never wear only slows down your decision-making process when picking out an outfit.

A good wardrobe purge every now and then to get rid of things that don’t fit, are damaged, or are out of style will make your closets easier to manage and save you time.

2. Prioritize your storage needs

Prioritizing your closet storage needs doesn’t just mean removing clothing items you never wear. It also means not using your closet space for storing things you wear on a seasonal basis and don’t currently need.

Of course, if you’re fortunate enough to have a dressing room/large walk-in closet, you’ll have all the closet storage space you need.

Otherwise, you’ll probably need to be a little more selective with where your seasonal items are stored. This especially holds true when the weather warms up. That bulky fall and winter clothing that won’t get worn for months can fill up your drawer and closet space quickly.

Designate another space in your home, such as the basement or a spare closet, as your family’s out-of-season clothing storage area. Other closet space-hogging items like luggage should also be stored there year-round.

Make sure to wash (and dry clean if necessary) your out-of-season clothing before storing everything away in clothing storage bags or storage bins.

3. Use a closet organizer

With the challenge of minimizing your closet clutter being a never-ending process, why not use the best solution available?

Get a high quality closet organizer to do most of the hard work.

A closet organizer system is designed to maximize your closet’s available storage space. By incorporating features such as drawers, strategically located shelving, and other clever design elements, an optimal level of functionality within a closet can be achieved.

If your budget allows, go with a custom closet design instead of a one-size-fits-all closet organizer system from a big box retailer. You’ll get better quality and a lot more customization options that will prove to be worth the extra expense.

If your closet space is shared, a closet organization system is particularly valuable. Having designated “his and her” closet zones ensures order is maintained within a shared storage space (and that’s order not just with closet clutter, but with squabbles that can result because of clutter).

4. Add closet drawers

Adding drawers to your closet makes perfect sense.

Drawers that are included in a closet’s custom cabinetry helps to keep all of your apparel in one main area. That can free up space in your bedroom by allowing you to get rid of a dresser.

A smaller system of drawers within a closet can also potentially give you as much (or even more) storage space as a typical dresser.

You just need to have the right kind of space-saving design, such as outfitting your drawers with dividers that allow you to keep smaller items like socks, underwear, stockings, and scarves well-organized.

Vertically folding your socks, t-shirts, jeans, and a few other types of clothing will also make maximize your drawer storage space.

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Closet drawers with dividers keep socks and underwear and well-organized.

5. Add more hanging rods

Continuing our theme of closet storage tips that enable you to maximize your storage space, add a few extra smartly positioned hanging rods in your closets.

If your closet space allows for it, having extra hanging rods gives you a few more options with how your hanging space is used.

It becomes easier to group like items of clothing together or keep your hung items colour-coordinated. Lower hanging rods can be added, or even one that’s attached in a perpendicular configuration on the side wall of your closet.

Extra hanging closet space could also come in the form of a pullout pant rack.

6. Use your closet floor space wisely

Closets tend to become catch-all spaces for those odds and ends you’re not sure what to do with. And closet floors seem to be where many of these things without a home end up.

Try to make better use of your closet floor space, because it’s much more useful than as a dumping ground for those “out of sight, out of mind” items. Shoe storage is the most logical choice.

If you’re using a wall-mounted closet organization system (such as our SmartLine system) that leaves open floor space, add some single-tier shoe racks.

Or you could make sure your custom closet design utilizes your floor space with open shelving shoe storage or a multi-tier pullout shoe rack.

7. Accessorize your closet

You should be well on your way to transforming how your closet functions if you’ve used just a few of these closet storage tips.

Be sure to also include closet accessorizing in your closet makeover process.

Those little extras you can add to your closet with some helpful closet accessories will streamline your daily dressing routine even further.

We’ve already mentioned closet drawers, extra hanging rods, and shoe racks. Here are some more practical closet accessory ideas:

  • laundry hampers
  • retractable valet rods
  • belt hooks
  • sliding belt racks
  • decorative hooks
  • tie hooks

8. Add extra closet shelves

Having some extra closet shelves is never a bad idea if your closet space can accommodate it.

Some open shelving is great for items like sweaters, which can save them from getting stretched when they’re hung up. Jeans can also be folded and stored on your shelving to save drawer and hanging space for other things.

To stay organized, shelf dividers can be used. Stylish baskets are also useful for keeping loose items contained.

Consider adding an extra shelf in your closet’s upper area if possible, as that is space is commonly underutilized in closets. Keep a good step stool tucked away to ensure you can safely store and retrieve things from your closet’s upper reaches.

Perfumes, colognes, framed photos, or other trinkets you want to display can also occupy your shelves to personalize your closet space a little more.

9. Use better closet lighting

A tidy closet is a wonderful thing, but it isn’t as functional as it could be unless it has good lighting. Deeper closets and closets with a smaller doorway may not allow as much light in from your main bedroom lights as you need.

Illuminate the entire space so you’ll be able to find things not just because all your things are well-organized, but because you can actually see everything!

Make sure your closet is equipped with something more than just an outdated incandescent light bulb with a pull chain. A new energy efficient LED light fixture or perhaps some recessed overhead lighting will work nicely.

If some areas of your closet are still a little too dimly lit for your liking, add some extra light sources, such as a few LED puck lights.

You’ll have the option of using battery-powered or hardwired LED task lighting. Try and use the latter, as you’ll get better quality lighting and won’t have to worry about replacing batteries.

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Use good closet lighting to make your organized closet even easier to function in.

10. Don’t overburden your closet doors

Using the back of your closet doors for extra storage might appear to be one of those no-brainer closet storage tips, but there are drawbacks to doing so.

In theory, those over-the-door hanging shoe organizers seem like a practical storage option. In practice, however, they make your closet doors heavier and more cumbersome to open.

They also aren’t much to look at. After all, mesh (which most organizers are made with) rarely looks very stylish.

Some of these organizers also do a poor job of actually keeping your shoes securely in place. That can damage your shoes and become a nuisance when you’re frequently having to put them back in their proper home.

Additionally, don’t install too many hooks on the back of your closet doors for the same reasons as mentioned above.

Closet storage tips to simplify your daily routine

Follow these closet storage tips and you’ll find that your daily dressing routine will become a lot easier and more efficient.

Remember not to go overboard by adding too many new features to your closets. You still need space in your closets for air to circulate, which helps keep your clothes fresh.

That’s why hiring a closet design expert like Organized Interiors can be so beneficial. Our design consultants will know exactly what your closet needs in order to serve you best.

To get your home’s closet spaces working harder for you, schedule a free in-home design consultation with Organized Interiors today.

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9 Walk-In Closet Design Ideas: All the Basics You Need to Know

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Once considered a feature typically only found in large luxury homes, the walk-in closet is now considered essential for anyone looking for a new home.

The 2018 Canadian Home Builders’ Association study of homebuyer preferences revealed that walk-in closets topped the list of the most wanted home features.

Even if you’re not looking for a new home, converting a spare room into a large walk-in closet (also known as a dressing room) has become a popular home improvement upgrade in recent years for a few reasons.

A professional utilizing smart walk-in closet design ideas can create a special space that is highly functional, practical, and luxurious.

Who wouldn’t want all of that out of a spare room in your home that’s just sitting there, waiting to be used more purposefully?

9 essential walk-in closet design ideas

Designing a large walk-in closet that does more than just give you a lot more space to store your clothes requires some creative thinking.

Your comfort level within your new space is equally important, so what walk-in closet design ideas will help you achieve the best results?

Get familiar with the basics and learn which walk-in closet design ideas should be considered essential when putting together your home improvement project.

1. Smart closet storage

One of the most important walk-in closet design ideas you’ll want to get right is the closet’s storage layout.

Just because you have more storage space at your disposal doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be maximizing every bit of space available in the closet.

Using your vertical storage space to the peak of its capabilities can help to accomplish this. Incorporate extra hanging rods, closet hanging accessories, floor-to-ceiling shelving, and shoe racks into the closet design.

Using a high-quality custom closet organizer is also highly recommended. They’ll maximize your closet’s storage space best by creating a home for everything you wear and will effectively complement your home’s décor.

2. A luxurious look

A dream closet is only worthy of that name if it has a luxurious, elegant look.

Bespoke closet cabinetry with rich finishes and refined accents, like our Monogram cabinetry, help create that desired high-end look.

Adorn your walk-closet with additional stylistic touches, such as tasteful lighting, cornice moulding, fluted columns, frosted glass cupboard doors, and attractive decorative cabinetry hardware.

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Floor-to-ceiling fitted cabinetry with rich finishes create a luxurious walk-in closet space.

3. Good lighting and the right colours

A walk-in closet doesn’t just provide ample storage space and luxurious surroundings for your dressing area. It also lets you showcase your entire wardrobe and all of your clothing accessories.

To make your wardrobe really stand out, using the right colours and lighting in your closet is crucial.

Your closet colours can range from the earthy, darker look that comes with choosing more natural-looking cabinet finishes to the brighter, crisper look that’s conveyed by using lighter colours for your cabinetry finishes, wall, and ceiling.

For lighting, a chandelier adds an extra measure of extravagance to the closet space. It can be supplemented with overhead recessed lighting, task lighting, and strategically placed LED lighting integrated into the cabinetry design to show off your wardrobe and add extra ambiance.

4. Practical closet accessories

It’s the little details that can elevate a closet’s design from merely good to something truly great, which is where closet accessories come in.

Take advantage of the wide variety of practical closet accessories that are available to help you streamline your daily routine of getting ready for work and special occasions. Here are a few recommendations:

  • retractable valet rods
  • laundry hampers
  • a pullout pant rack
  • sliding belt racks
  • belt hooks

5. A closet island

When it comes to walk-in closet design ideas that have your convenience in mind, a closet island is a must-have feature.

A centre storage island in your large walk-in closet provides a handy spot for placing items down temporarily and folding clothing.

This multi-purpose closet feature also provides valuable extra storage space. A closet island can include drawers to keep things hidden and maintain a tidy look, open shelving for easier access, or a combination of the two.

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A closet island provides extra closet functionality with additional storage space and a countertop for folding clothes or placing items.

6. Space for your valuables

When having your closet designed, create space to keep your valuables safe and secure.

Your bespoke cabinetry can include a document drawer that’s discreetly hidden for holding vital documents, like a will or insurance policy. Adding a drawer safe to safeguard valuables is another option.

Felt-lined jewellery drawers an also be incorporated into your closet cabinetry to keep jewellery organized and safely stored.

7. Comfortable seating

You’ll spend a good deal of time in your dressing room sitting down, so comfortable seating is another priority when it comes to the walk-in closet design ideas you’re considering.

A comfortable chair, ottoman, or stylish bench with hidden storage provides the perfect, relaxing spot for getting dressed and undressed and putting on makeup.

8. A makeup table

With so many beauty products available to buy, it can be tricky keeping them all organized when your collection keeps growing.

Set up a makeup table or vanity in your walk-in closet to keep all of your beauty products tidy, easy to find, and in the same space where you’ll be getting dressed.

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A makeup table keeps you organized and streamlines your daily preparation routine.

9. The perfect finishing touches

The last of our walk-in closet design ideas is to choose the perfect finishing touches to complete your closet and dressing room space.

This can include adding a stylish rug and a charging station or easily accessible outlets for all of your electronic devices. A full-length mirror is another smart addition, to both evaluate your appearance and make your closet space look a little larger.

Adding artwork, inspirational quotes, photos, and perhaps a small TV or sound system will help to personalize your walk-in closet space even more and boost your comfort level.

Talk to the walk-in closet design experts

A walk-in closet adds value to your home, reduces bedroom clutter, and allows you to pamper yourself within a luxurious, private dressing room space.

If you’d like to free yourself from the limitations of a small closet and preparation space, book a free in-home design consultation with us to determine which walk-in closet design ideas can best serve your needs.

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