Reno Notebook / By Jennifer Malise / September 10, 2018
8 Closets That Maximize Storage and Style
Getting (and staying) organized has never looked so good
Whether you’re a fashion enthusiast—or not—a closet with plenty of room for clothes, shoes, and accessories is essential. After all, getting dressed every day is so much easier, and less time consuming without the stress of digging through a disorganized mess. To give you some inspiration for your closet renovation, we gathered eight of our faves that demonstrate how orderliness and style can come together.
Tara and Ryan went from having absolutely no storage to gaining a full wall of modular closets in their master bedroom. The custom units feature plenty of hanging space, drawers, and modules that would keep even the most haphazard homeowner on track. Closet envy? We’d say so.
The standard closet build doesn’t give a lot of thought to shoe storage, so if you’re really into footwear, you’ll be faced with the problem of where to store them all. With 87 pairs of shoes in need of storage, Matthew had a custom closet designed with pull-out drawers sporting a pop of orange. The drawers were each sized to his size 9 shoes and hidden behind a sleek panel door.
The closet in Lauren’s studio apartment was small and tucked away in a hard-to-reach spot. Since you can’t magically make your closet bigger, she decided to find a better spot for it. She moved the closet from the corner next to the bed to an alcove in the main living area—previously a workspace. The result is Pinterest-worthy organization.
Talk about smart storage! Frans and Dalal had an existing walk-in closet, but along with their contractor, came up with an even better solution for their needs. The couple went the custom route, building out moveable shelf units for shoes and other sections for hanging clothes. The coolest feature? The moveable units lead to a separate bathroom entry.
A layout change that resulted in opening the kitchen to the living room gave Marissa and Cody the opportunity to demolish the three narrow closets in the main living area and build two larger ones. By taking down the walls between the closets, the couple was able to increase their storage by making use of what was previously dead space between the walls.
With a single closet in their bedroom, Hari and Kaity didn’t have the storage they needed to keep their space neat and organized. Since they had plenty of room to work with, they had their contractor build two large closets side-by-side, doubling the amount of storage. The original closet was then turned into a desk nook.
Michael and Chenta decided to overhaul the existing closet in their bedroom. They had a large closet built with simple, oak doors and added a floating wall in front of it. The wall separated their closet from the rest of the bedroom, giving it the feeling of a walk-in closet while still allowing the space between the wall and the closet to be used as a walkway.
It’s hard to believe Maggie and Adam’s bedroom closets aren’t custom. For a made-to-order look, they had their contractor frame IKEA modules and installed LED lighting with motion sensors so the lights would turn on when the doors opened. The brass hardware gave a final refined touch, plus ties in with the hardware elsewhere in the home.
This post was originally published November 13, 2017.
Looking to add more storage to your home? In the kitchen, a pantry will keep things under control, while a vanity in the bath is great for corraling toiletries and other necessities.
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