If you are like most homeowners, you never have enough closet space. This is regardless if you have a mega mansion, house in the suburbs, loft condo or ocean front condo. We never have enough space to store all of our “stuff”. The secret to having the perfect closet when you have limited space is to plan out and utilize every inch of space to its fullest potential. This may sound hard, but it is pretty simple with proper planning and time.
- Type of Closet – Walk in vs. Reach In
- Size of Closet – Measure Space
- Décor of Closet – Style and Materials
- Lighting in Closet – Light and space
- Closet Construction – Built in vs. Ready to Assemble
One of the first things that you do is start with the end game in mind. How do you want your closet to look and feel? Is this a reach in closet or a walk in closet? Do you need to move walls and build more space or can you work within the confines of the space that you have?
The look and feel of the closet is a direct correlation to the décor of your home or room that the closet sits in. If your closet is a standalone room, you have much more flexibility with the closet décor. The only thing that comes into play is the flooring, if it is the same flooring that is continuing throughout the home.
Steps on creating the perfect closet design without having a lot of space
Take Inventory of the contents of your closet
One of the first things that you can do when planning a closet redesign or closet makeover is to inventory ALL of the items that you own and plan to keep in your newly remodeled closet. It is wise to know what you are working with before you embark upon the project.
You will need answers to a few basic questions such as:
- How many people will use the closet?
- What items will be included that require hang space. Ie: shirts, dresses, skirts, etc.?
- How much long hanging space will be required? How much double hanging space?
- How much space will be needed for folded items?
- Will the closet have accessory items like belts, ties, scarves, etc?
- How much space will be needed for shoes? What type of shoes, ie:, high heels, boots, sneakers, casual shoes, etc?
Part I of III – Stay Tuned for more on tips on maximizing your storage space.