Well organized closets and storage areas can decrease clutter and make your home much more efficient and enjoyable. Here are some ideas to help optimize your closets and storage:
- Bi-fold, pocket, or sliding doors take up less room and are less in the way than hinged doors. If doors are not a necessity, you might want to use lightweight draw draperies on a ceiling track instead.
- If space is available, consider a walk-in closet. Walk-in closets can comfortably fit 2 individuals with split-level storage and space dividers.
- Overly deep closets mean wasted space. Most modern closets can be built to single-hanger depth or 24 in. Deeper closets can be made more useful by installing a centered clothes rod 12 in. from the back wall and 48 in. from the floor, with a shelf 3 in. above the rod. In a child’s room, hang the rod 30 to 36 in. above the floor.
- Don’t overlook lights for dark closets. When updating your wiring, have the electrician install closet lights where there are none, or install switches to replace pull-chain fixtures. Also available are battery-powered lights for use where re-wiring would be difficult. For the utmost closet lighting convenience, install motion sensors that turn lights on and off when the door is opened and shut.
- The closet doorway should not have a sill or threshold. Be sure to run your carpet into your closet to keep the room feeling unified.
- Customize your office with adjustable shelf brackets, steel or wire shelving, and coated wire baskets to make storage easy and convenient.
- Under-the-bed storage modules that can roll under your bed are great space savers for bed linens and comforters.