Closet Design Ideas

Utilizing available space is key to good interior design – and to comfortable living – and to that end a usable and well designed closet is an essential part of any design project. Closet design ideas cover many different areas, so let’s have a look at some of the more useful and interesting advice when looking to utilize closet space.
Take Advantage of All Space
A closet may be a small area, but it must be remembered that it extends upwards, generally to the full height of the adjacent room. This space can be utilized easily and efficiently by installing high shelves with storage boxes for items that are only occasionally accessed, and down on the ground there is more space that is often underused – place boxes here for neat storage of items that are used more regularly.
Using space efficiently is essential to the effectiveness of the closet – even as far as how you choose to fold or pack different items of clothing. The closet is a personal area and should be tailored to the needs of the user – everything should be in its rightful place and the most used items nearest to hand and easy to find. Organization is a big part of designing the perfect closet, and much thought should be put into the process before beginning. Think about exactly what you need, and how it can be achieved in the space available.
Light and Visibility
It is important, naturally, that a closet be well lit; otherwise the ability to see what is inside and where it will be impaired. If a closet has access to natural, light this is both a good and a bad thing – light enables the closet to work, but direct sunlight causes fading in the pigments that colour clothing. For this reason it is best to place the closet out of the range of direct sunlight. A skylight can be a bonus, and artificial light can be designed into the closet to great advantage.
Light should be well placed – it should be between the user and the items so that it does not cast an unnecessary shadow – and while bright enough to allow effective identification, should not be too bright to impair available vision. When planning the light content of a closet take into account the effect of heat from bulbs, as this can be a fire hazard if unwittingly brought into contact with the clothing and fabric within.
The use of see through boxes and drawer systems is advisable for added visibility, or bins and boxes that have wire sides that one can see through. The most needed items should be at upper body height so as to be accessed easily, and hangers should be well placed for accessibility too.
Keeping it Clean
The cleanliness of a closet is of vital importance when considering closet design ideas and to this end one must make sure there is adequate ventilation available. Airflow is important in that it helps keep the likes of mildew at bay, and if there is not sufficient natural airflow in a closet it may be advisable to include a fan – possibly on a timer – that aids regular airflow around the space.

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