Walk-in closets rule the world of storage solutions. Although much more common currently, they still remain highly desirable and perceptibly luxurious.
But just like almost every other major element that goes into designing a home, walk-in closets rely heavily on the accuracy of their design. If designed properly, walk-in closets are truly the belle of the ball. We wouldn’t go into WHY you should design those — the abundant storage is reason enough to go for a well-designed walk-in, not to mention the private space it affords the user. Instead, we will talk about how you can design one that is perfect for your master bedroom.
What Do You Need to Know Before You Start?
You have been warned: Designing is not an easy job. You will need time to plan the layout and its interiors, but if you follow through this guide, you should enough to start.
A walk-in closet design will mainly depend on three factors:
- Your budget
- The space at your disposal
- Your storage requirements
Before stepping into any project, you should know exactly what you need and want — for that will determine the final product you end up with. For example, for low/minimum storage requirements, a walk-in can be an overkill. Similarly, if you don’t have the space, then cramming a walk-in closet in your bedroom will severely distort the layout of your house. Before you even begin, ask yourself the purpose of your walk-in closet and work from there. That will determine the layout, which in turn will determine the design.
Different Types of Walk-in Closet Layouts
First of all, let us talk about common designs and layouts in the walk-in world. Depending on individual needs, walk-ins can come in various designs. Some of them, however, are more common than others:
- Single-Sided Walk-In Closet: An extension of reach-in, this is the smallest and of all and is a pretty common design.The storage is placed on the opposite wall of the entrance and there’s clearance space for access.
- Double-Sided Walk-in Closet: For this design, storage units are placed on the opposing walls as you enter the closet, with a clear pathway down the middle. Small to medium in size.
- Island Walk-In Closet: Basically a double-sided walk-in closet with an island in the middle. Storage can be housed on all three walls or one side can be reserved as a dresser unit. They do require a lot of space and can be classed into luxury products.
- Wrap Around Walk-In Closet: This design maximizes the storage space available, with storage units placed on all three walls. Medium to large in size.
The designs mentioned above are based on the placement of storage units. Talking specifically about size, walk-in closets can be broadly broken down into three categories — small & square, long & narrow, and large.
Once you have figured out your storage needs, your space constraints, and the functionality you want to extract from a walk-in closet — you can mix and match these styles to come up with the perfect closet for you.
For example, if you have ample space but minimal storage needs, you can incorporate a dresser inside the walk-in to take care of hair and make-up. Any leftover space can be utilized for an island or even an ironing board.
Determining the Measurements for Your Walk-in Closet
A standard full-size walk-in closet for two people should measure a minimum of 7 by 10 feet. It should preferably have an area of 100 sq. ft as this allows you to have storage units on all three walls with even a sitting area in the middle. In case you want a smaller one, small walk-ins can be built in as low as 25 sq. ft. of space.
Below are some standard measurements for various types of walk-ins as mentioned above:
- Single-Sided: Being the smallest, they are little more than a hybrid between a reach-in closet and a walk-in. On average, the closet is about four to five feet deep and occupies about 24 inches of the total depth. This leaves about 36 inches as clearance.
- Double-Sided: The depth of a double-sided walk-in can be flexible, ranging from four to six feet. It is wider than a single-sided closet, incorporating two 24 inches each storage space on opposite walls. With a 36 inch clearance in the middle, the total width comes out to be anywhere from six to seven feet.
- Island Walk-In: If you have an island in the middle of your closet, chances are you’re not worried about space. But in case you have been trying to ‘cram’ the island into the design, make sure that there is a three feet clearance on all sides of the island.
Tips to Follow While Designing Your Own Walk-in Closet
- Double rods are a common and efficiency-focused element of a closet. They are typically placed 40 inches and 80 inches from the ground.
- If you are using single rods, 72 inches is a good height. Add shelves above the road to maximize the storage space.
- Have a separate rack dedicated to shoes, or else it’ll take no time before the entire floor is covered with all sorts of footwear.
- As a rule of thumb, a four-feet wide area will accommodate storage space on one side. A six feet wide walk-in can make room for storage on all three walls. And a 10 feet wide room can sport an island.
Apart from this, if you want your walk-in closet to be compliant with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), you need to have a minimum clear space of 30 inches wide by 48 inches deep. It is not mandatory but is a great gesture, especially if you have space to spare. It’ll greatly help in increasing the resale value of your house if you ever decided to go down that path.
Storage is an area of home improvement that has taken a life of its own in recent times. Once seen as a mere utility and something to be tucked away from sight securely, storage solutions are now getting a lot of attention — and for good reason. Today, a chic closet is much more than a practical addition to a house: it is a style statement.
Now, we all know an efficient storage plan can alleviate a lot of stress from your day to day life. Not having to look for our socks every morning is a luxury that only a few of us experience if our closets are not organized properly. That’s what makes storage such an important yet underrated part of any home. It streamlines your life and gets rid of any unnecessary energy leaks. The question is not, “Do I need to update my closet?”. Chances are, your storage space is insufficient for your needs and needs to be organized properly, and that is why you are here, reading this. The better questions to ask are: Which one should I choose and why? Should I customize it? Should I just buy a built-in one?
We are going to answer some of these questions and help you make the right choice.
Choosing the Right Closet
In 2019, we are seeing an influx of inspired designs and styles in the storage world. Whether it is a monochromatic and minimalist design for a master bedroom or a superhero motif for the kids’ rooms — there are a lot of options available. You can blend the storage areas into an overarching theme or vice versa too; it’s completely up to you.
Walk-in closets, built-in closets, armoires, pantries, linen closets, utility closets, etc. are some of the countless options in the storage world. The preference for these depends both on style and purpose. For this article, we will be talking about the fundamental differences between a built-in and walk-in closet, what makes each of them unique, and how you can get the most out of either of them.
A walk-in closet is the king when it comes to storage solutions.
As is obvious from the name, a walk-in closet is essentially a small room that you can walk into. Typically starting from 6.5 feet in terms of depth, there is no upper limit to the size of a walk-in. In fact, those with a passion for fashion, have been known to have closets that are bigger than a standard master bedroom.
The only limitation when you choose a walk-in closet is that you need to have some extra space for it. However, in our years of service, we have found that a significant majority of people who can afford the extra space go for walk-in without a second thought. That is to say, that walk-in closets enjoy a lot of popularity among those who want to add a personal touch to their closets.
Advantages of a Walk-In Closet
- A walk-in closet can double up as a dressing room most of the time.
- Some people use ironing boards in there; so you can iron, fold/hang and store your clothes — all in one place.
- Walk-in closets provide ample storage. Shoes, jewelry, make-up, clothes — everything can be found at the same place at the same time.
- A walk-in closet helps in removing clutter from both your bedroom and the master bathroom. Since you can get ready in the closet from start to finish, the bedroom is left untouched by the morning chaos.
- By relieving your bathroom from the pressure of hair and make-up every day, a walk-in closet indirectly reduces the workload of cleaning up a bathroom.
- A large enough walk-in can incorporate an island in the middle, which can be used as an organizer or even an ironing board.
Who Should You Choose a Walk-In Closet?
The biggest hurdle on your path to a walk-in closet is space.
In most of the major cities where real estate prices can give anyone a heart attack, a walk-in is seen as a luxury add-on. So, the first thing you should ask yourself is, do you really have the space to accommodate a walk-in closet?
Another factor to be taken into consideration is utility. If you don’t have enough clothes or accessories, it might not really be a necessary addition for you. If you live alone and do not really plan on starting a family, a walk-in closet can be overkill. On the other hand, if shopping is your go-to stressbusting activity or you have a family, it might be worth considering.
To put it concisely, if you have the space AND the items to fill the said space up with — go for a walk-in closet. In some social circles, it is even a brag-worthy addition and can add some extra oomph to your house. It is certainly a very luxurious buy, so make sure you make enough space and budget for it beforehand.
Making Up Your Mind About Walk-in Closets
The question of unnecessary opulence is a valid one, but let’s be honest. Who doesn’t want a private closet space that you can walk in and use as a trial room?
If you decide to get a walk-in closet, make sure:
- the space is not being used at the expense of any other important household project.
- you have ample lighting inside the walk-in closet.
- there’s ventilation in the room so that it doesn’t feel claustrophobic.
- you resist the temptation of using the walk-in closet floor as a laundry basket.
- everything is well organized. Since there are a lot of different items a walk-in closet would have to support, it is fairly easy for everything to go south and turn into a cluttered mess.
A worthy alternative to walk-in closets, built-in closets are perfect if you do not want to waste any area for a “storage room”.
You cannot walk into a built-in closet, and that lack of extra space is perhaps the only difference between the two.
However, built-in closets are equally favored as walk-ins if not more. They do not take a lot of space and are overall more efficient. Walk-in closets can feel like a waste of space after a while, especially since their size makes them prone to cluttering and chaos. That’s where the ease of maintaining a smaller closet comes out as the winner.
Why Should You Choose a Built-In?
If you live in a small house or a tiny apartment, utilizing every available square inch of space should be your top priority.
Built-in closets, if organized properly, can bear the weight of your entire wardrobe quite easily. And just like a walk-in, they reduce the clutter from the bedroom.
Even if you do have the space for a walk-in closet, you need to consider if you actually own enough things to have a separate room for those. With a walk-in closet, people tend to hold on to things they no longer use, just because they have the space to do so.
If you don’t have space, or want a low maintenance storage solution — built-in closets are the way to go.
Advantages of a Built-In Closet
- Built-in closets force you to be more minimalistic and purge your wardrobe of anything you don’t absolutely need.
- They are cheaper, easier to install, and easier to upgrade. You can swap the panels out if they get too old or outdated easily. Whereas renovating a walk-in can be a costly affair.
- With a built-in closet, nearly everything you own will be in plain sight; as compared to walk-ins where things can get lost in a nook or a cranny if it is left unorganized.
- Built-in closets are amazing for using the available space frugally. There are several add-ons available in the market which dramatically increase the capacities of a built-in closet like shelves, hanging rods, etc.
- You can have a mirror stationed at one end or behind one of the closet’s door, thus doubling it up as a dressing space.
Making Up Your Mind About Built-in Closets
If you do not have space and/or enough items to fill up the said space, go for a built-in closet. They are cheaper, easier to maintain, compact, and even a little prudent when compared to the excesses of a walk-in closet.
Make sure you take into consideration the following points before you buy a built-in closet:
- Built-in closets will naturally have less space for storage as compared to walk-in closets; so you must be willing to give up stuff you don’t need or use infrequently.
- Although not as much as walk-ins, built-in closets do need some space to be installed or built. If you are extremely low on space, consider freestanding wardrobes or armoires instead.
- Do you plan on staying put in your house, or do you plan on moving once the family expands? If you plan on staying put, it would be wise to think ahead and design the place in a way that it can sustain your future needs. If you feel that your storage space might become insufficient in the coming months, it may be better to go for a walk-in closet instead.
But look at how we complicated our lives!!
Chances are, if you go check 10 homes, more than half of them can barely fit a car in their garage. At some point, the humble garage becomes our favorite ‘dump yard’. From memorabilia that dates back to the 60s to the treadmill-you-will-never-use — everything that the house discards, the garage accepts.
Until it cannot anymore.
Which is when you begin to wonder, “How did we get here?”
Well, we don’t know what to tell you — except we have been there too. But don’t worry! There are some very simple tricks that can help you not only overhaul your garage but also substantially increase the storage space inside it. You can still hoard goods — they will just be more organized.
Prepping for the Garage Decluttering Process
To get started on the overhaul process, make sure you have the weekend for this job. You cluttered your garage over decades, the cleaning part deserves at least a weekend! Do it calmly, study things you will need and devote time to it. It can also be a good way to invite some friends and discuss design ideas with them over a beer or two if you want some company.
To begin, take everything out.
No more closed boxes and an unkempt hoard of stuff in corners you never reach. It is only when you see the complete scale of your problem will you understand the gravity of the situation! This is not only important to understand how much stuff you have, but also to gauge how much storage you actually need.
Plan How you Space the Place
If you do keep a car in the garage, there is only so much space that is left. So, start thinking about how you can best utilize it.
Do you have a garage with a high ceiling? Then high shelves can help. If you have a low-roof garage, storing the stuff vertically will make more sense. If you do not have a car and the garage will be turned into a complete workshop/storeroom, the storage solutions will change accordingly. You might have to make space for new heavy machinery and tools, for example, if you wish to build something in your garage.
Discard, Donate or Keep
Every product you have in the garage will fall into the above three categories. We all know that not everything in the garage is junk. Your child’s first cycle may not be useful now, but it might be a beautiful memory. But there will also be a tonne of stuff that you will never pick up or use again.
To Start, pick all the things you simply cannot do without. Keep them on one side. Then, get on to the stuff you have no use for but will surely help someone else.
Chances are, when you clean your garage you will find a lot of things that are almost as good as new. An old music player that you bought on a whim? A garish yellow jacket which is ugly but very warm? A bicycle you bought but never used? All such items are begging to be used.
And by donating them to a charity, you will only make someone happy. Nowadays, there are tonnes of local apps that can help you donate all you want without much fuss.
And in the last row, keep the things that are absolutely hideous. Throw them and never look back.
Organizing Your Garage
1. Look Up: How many people stare at the roof of a garage? None, we would imagine.
But there is great potential there. Overhead storage is a great way to store big, flat items like ladders. You can use re-engineered wood or even laminate to build these overhead shelves. It will also work as the perfect place to keep old doors which you might have a use for at some point.
Just remember to keep enough space so that the garage door can be opened without any issues.
2. Shove it up a Shelf: Remember, this is a garage, not your guest room. Go for function over appearance and stay away from installing expensive cabinetry unless you have the money, in which case, by all means — indulge!
Instead, use the trusted old wire and wood shelves to store as many items as you want. They can be built very cheaply, especially if DIY is your thing.
Also, open shelves remain open — thereby keeping you on your toes when it comes to keeping things tidy. You can see everything you leave unattended, so you will eventually attend to it. Trust us, this is a great long-term strategy to keep things organized.
3. Pegs to the Rescue: Hooks and pegs attach to a pegboard are a smart way to store lightweight things. This system is not only sturdy, but it is also easy to rearrange and they remain one of the best ways to most efficiently utilize space in a garage.
4. Hang Heavy Items: After Cars, the most common item in most garages tends to be a bicycle. But bicycles, especially burly mountain bikes, can take up a lot of floor space.
The best way to keep them is to hang them, parallel to each other, by the wall. There are tonnes of rack solutions available for bikes so pick the best one for you. Or, if you are still bitten by the DIY bug, you can also build yourself a custom bike rack.
Even though the cities are getting bigger, our living spaces have been constantly shrinking. Such a crunch obviously demands that we as homeowners be creative about how we use the available space and make the most of it. A way to solve the issue can be to maximize storage by reducing how much space things occupy. Just think about it: Why have an almirah to store out-of-season clothes when you can turn your bed into a storage unit? Multi-level storage solutions, transforming furniture, etc. are a few innovative solutions people are using to aesthetically store things.
Let’s talk about another BIG issue these out-of-the-box storage solutions can solve: Clutter.
Even if you have ample space, storage units can be a way to beautify the place and declutter. Clutter can make even a decently sized room feel claustrophobic, and it is probably a worse problem to have than lack of space.
But before we start…
Undertake a thorough cleaning first. Go through what you have and discard anything you don’t need. Even better, have a garage sale for stuff you no longer use. You can use the money for buying yourself that expensive dress you have been eyeing on the way to work or even a short getaway. Donating old clothes, appliances or tools can also be a great way to go about it. This will help inventory everything you have so that you can look for storage solutions that fit your needs, while also helping you get rid of anything that has just been collecting dust over the years.
Confused about where to start and how to start? We are here to help. Here is how you can organize stuff in every part of the room in unique and easy ways:
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Adding Storage to Your Bedroom
The fortress of solitude — or as we call it, the bedroom, is supposed to be the most relaxing part of your house. Be it for waking up in the morning and getting ready for a hectic day, or going to sleep at night after a long haul — a bathroom HAS to be peaceful. And we all know how clutter is no friend to that. Here are a few storage solutions you can use to achieve that elusive peace of mind:
- Wall Bed: The easiest and the most obvious solution for a bedroom. A bed generally covers the majority of space in a bedroom, and a wall bed can help you free it up and make space for other things.
- Storage Chest: Although tables are almost an essential, more often than not they do not afford too much storage space. Consider investing in a chest instead. The chest can be placed anywhere in the bedroom and can be used to store everything from documents to books to gadgets and a whole lot more.
- Knee Wall Dressers: To increase the storage space, you can also build dressers into the wall of your bedroom. These can be of varying sizes and if built expertly, they can be quite inconspicuous as well. Because they are recessed into a wall, you don’t lose out on any floor space either. Win-win!
Tip: Apart from these, you can also try multiple wardrobes and free-standing dressers according to your needs and space constraints. Walk-in closets can be the ultimate style statement too if you can afford them.
Adding Storage to Your Bathroom
Bathrooms have a very specific storage requirement: the material you choose should be waterproof. But don’t worry, you can still be very creative with the storage if you use stones like Granite, Marble or Quartz. Wooden solutions can also be placed in a way that water doesn’t come into much contact with it too.
- Mounting Shelves: If you have a small bathroom, you should really consider placing mounting shelves above the door or the toilet. They can have different sections for different types of essentials for convenience. Having a mounting shelf over the toilet is a very smart idea even if you have a big bathroom since it hovers over the toilet and doesn’t occupy any floor space.
- Vanities: You might be tempted to go for classy pedestal sinks to match with the decor, but it is always more pragmatic to have a vanity with ample storage space. It can be used to store towels, toilet paper, and reserve products like soap, shampoo, etc. This ensures that you always have some stock even when you run out of that toilet paper roll.
- Laundry Hampers: Instead of having an open basket and displaying your laundry for everyone to see, go for a stylish wooden or even metallic laundry hamper. Not only can it be a style statement in itself, it will also help you keep your dirty laundry out of sight. (no pun intended).
- Towel Racks: A space to hang your towels with a shelf on top can be a life-saving addition to your bathroom. Instead of having simple hooks on the wall, it can be so much better to have a dedicated rack where you can keep the clean towels and some supplies. It is a perfect mixture of style and substance.
Tip: Bathroom storage is really about plenty of wall-mounted racks and bins & baskets. It is important to keep the stuff just out of sight, but also easily reachable whenever you need it. Subsequently, make sure that you do account for potential water damage before choosing any material/item.
Adding Storage to Your Living Room or Lobby
Just like the areas discussed before, you got plenty of options to upgrade the storage capacity of your living room or your entrance lobby. Here are some of them:
- Mudroom Bench: You can have an area right at the entrance where you can keep your shoes, umbrellas, raincoats, etc. This can help you maintain cleanliness around the rest of your house. Moreover, you can have drawers in the bench to store cleaning supplies and all the other cleaning tools too.
- Storage Ottoman: An ottoman is a truly diverse piece of furniture. You can use it as additional seating space, as a footrest, or even a makeshift table. But using an ottoman as a storage unit is not as common. If you choose to buy a hollowed-out ottoman, it can be a great place to store sheets and covers in a very unique way.
- Cubby Units: Cubby units near the sofa or aligning a wall can be really beneficial when it comes to relieving the coffee table of clutter. You can designate different sections for magazines, trophies, pictures, etc as well. A sofa wrapped in cubby units can be a unique style statement as well.
Tip: Coat racks at the entrance, magazine stands, wall niches, key holders, are a few other common options you might want to try for maximizing the storage space around the living room.
The kitchen is probably the place that benefits the best from smart storage solutions. There are so many options out there to store everything from perishables to spice to kitchenware — that it is hard to actually find what you need. Here are some of the options you can try to maximize your kitchen storage:
- Rotating Spice Rack: Spice racks are great for keeping your spice inventory organized and easily accessible. Instead of shoving the bottles into a cabinet out of reach, you can accommodate spice racks on the countertop itself. A rotating rack makes everything even more accessible.
- Kitchen Pegboards: Although mainly used in garages for tools, pegboards can be used in the kitchen to hang pots, utensils, and even cutlery. A well-designed pegboard can turn your kitchen a center of attraction, while simultaneously being extremely helpful as an open storage solution.
- Walk-in Pantry: Although a little expensive to build, a walk-in pantry is super useful for a heavy-duty kitchen. Besides storing groceries in there, why not add a small island in the middle of the pantry to be used as an alternate work station? You could even place appliances like grinders there so that your main kitchen remains mess-free. Talk about kitchen maintenance made easy!
Tip: You can add cubbies around your kitchen, add drawers and cabinets on the island if you have one, have multi-level storage racks on top of the countertop, add a nesting table to your cabinets, and plenty more to increase the storage space around your kitchen.
If you have a garage, chances are it is one of the most disorganized spaces in your house. While there are some people who have found the elusive secret of keeping well-organized garages, most of us just cannot get our garages decluttered. And it is indeed understandable; after all a garage can easily become the ‘storage’ for the unwanted things in your house. Here are some storage options you can use to stop this process from repeating itself:
- Pegboards: If you have tools in your garage and if you use them regularly, then having a pegboard is literally a no-brainer. A pegboard makes it look like you know what you’re doing (even if you don’t), and is also simultaneously a great storage option to keep your tools safe and accessible. Add a light source on top of the board to make a statement with it.
- Garden Tool Shed: If you have a garden, you definitely need a place to keep those shovels and clippers. Rather than placing a shed in the middle of all that green in the garden, why not place it in the garage? It goes a long way in helping you preserve the beauty of your garden.
- Workshop Bench: Just like a kitchen countertop, a good quality workshop bench can be really important if you are into DIY projects. You can have a small pegboard at the side with a couple of open cabinets built into the bench for convenience. Make sure that the cabinets are big enough to hold your tools and materials, and life would be very easy!
Tip: You can go a step forward and have multiple cabinets to store things you no longer need if you have the space to do so. Make sure that if you are storing chemicals in your garage, they are secured out of reach of children.
Figure out where you need extra storage space in your home and proceed accordingly. For every room and every type of storage, there are hundreds of different products out there. The important thing is to not let the lack of space freak you out — instead, take the matter into your hands, be creative, and defeat the clutter demon to live forever in perfect peace and harmony!
Keeping your closet well organized is one of those lessons that you are taught early in life. It is similar to those“keep your shoes clean” and “do not waste food” lessons that are meant to stay with you for your life. Except as an adult, there are times when we stare at our closet and find that it resembles a landfill (albeit a pretty one) more than an organized space for all our wardrobe.
But worry not. We are here to tell you how to best organize your closet and the tricks you can try to increase the closet space in your home.
But first, let us remind you why it helps to have a clean, organized closet.
To find what you need
Sure, you have an LBD and/or a Tuxedo that you bought either recently or years ago. You love it, you want to wear it, but you cannot find it. Because it too got lost in the rubble that is your closet. The biggest reason for having an organized closet is to be able to find what you want when you need it without going through every piece of clothing you own.
There is a reason why parking spaces allot fixed and uniform area for each car. Imagine a parking space where everyone can park as they like! Chaos, it will be. The same logic applies to your closet. When you want to keep things organized, you allot a certain space to each piece of clothing and it stays there. This gives you the best idea of how much space you have and how many more clothes can you fit in your closet. Not that this will stop you from buying more clothes (because who can stop those stress-busting shopping sprees, right?) –instead it will be an incentive to add more clothes!
Easy to shift during seasons
A clean and organized closet will ensure that updating the wardrobe will be as enjoyable as the change in the weather. A clean, organized closet ensures that you know where, say, your winter clothes are. This way, you can simply flip the two sets of clothes to prioritize according to the season. For example, during winters, you can keep your jackets and other warm clothes in the front and simply store your other clothes where you stored the winter clothes before.
Storing dirty clothes becomes easier
Yes, technically, all dirty clothes should head straight to the washing machine. However, that may not always be the case. When closets are unkempt and unorganized, dirty and fresh clothes tend to mix and make the entire closet stink. Keeping a clean closet will make sure that you accord due space to clothes for laundry, whether in the closet itself or a separate bag dedicated to dirty clothes. Either way, clothes will not mix and you will have no hygiene issues.
Making a fine impression
This point may not be important to all, but it must be pointed out. A clean closet is a sign that you are a person who is on top of things. It shows that you like discipline and order. And most importantly, it conveys to other people that they must, under no circumstances, mess with your wardrobe.
Enough about the importance of a clean closet. You get it, right? Now let us look at how to organize your closets in the best possible way:
Take Time Off
You do not want to reorganize your messed up closet in a hurry. It took it months for it to start looking like your clothes fell from the sky directly into your closet — so dedicate at least a few hours to get the mess sorted. You do not want to do this at the end of a long and/or tiring day.
You will want to wrap it up fast and that will never help in the long run. Simply put, this will need a few hours so it is best to either take a day off or do it over the weekend. You can even invite a friend whose opinion and fashion sense you value to help you get through the next stages of organizing your closet.
Throw Out Old Clothes
The reason why your closet space has shrunk is probably that you only buy but never throw out clothes. A funky pair of denim that may have been cool in 2010 still takes up space in your closet because, well, why not?
Most people never de-clutter because they think they might need a certain piece of clothing one day. Truth be told, they never will. It is time you let go of those emotional attachments. An easy way to do this is by focusing on what you need, to begin with. On a scale of 1-10, rate all the clothes you have to have, and clothes you definitely will never need again. Remember, this is the first stage. It is meant to give you an idea of how much you don’t need. If the thought of throwing clothes makes you sad, remember, you can always fill the vacated space with new clothes!
Here is a simple way to complete this process:
Keep: Start with the clothes you need. These will be essentials that you simply cannot do without. This list might vary from person to person, but you know best what you have to keep for your day-to-day life.
Sell: Branded clothes in good condition that simply do not appeal to your taste anymore. Sell them. The financial incentive will ensure that parting with clothes is less painful.
Donate: Clothes that might be old but are in good shape and will help someone in need. Warm clothes are excellent for donating as they last long and have no substitutes. Plus, it is always nice to know that your old clothes can make someone’s winter a little more bearable.
Dump: Clothes that you just can’t imagine wearing and are too ghastly/out of the ordinary to even consider selling or worse, donating. If you cannot even imagine someone else wearing them — throw them out.
If you are having a hard time deciding, ask yourself these questions:
Have you worn these clothes in the last year?
Do you think about wearing them?
Do you think they add something that is otherwise missing to your wardrobe?
If the answer to all the three is “Yes”, they deserve space. On the contrary, if you find that the answer to all three is “No”, then there is nothing to do but sell/donate/throw. If the answer to at least two is a Yes or a No, then leave them for now and focus on how to improve and increase your closet space in other ways.
Organize with organizers: Once you have done the toughest part, the rest is simply evaluating and improving your storage solutions. Yes, the closet has enough space, but most closets divide space unequally. There are only so many clothes you can hang and fold while the space inside remains fixed.
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Here are some smart tips to increase storage space within the closet or setting up new and innovative storage solutions:
- Pegboards: Mount a pegboard inside the closet door. This will create a mini-dressing station inside your closet.
- Smart shoes: You can buy slim shoe boxes to store your shoes compactly. A hanging canvas shelf, easily available in stores and online can offer a simple and straightforward solution to storing shoes inside the closet without them occupying extra space too.
- Hang Things When You Can: Buy strong, metal hooks to keep your bags inside the closet. This will make sure they don’t lose shape and yet don’t take much space. Hang scarves, as well as one hanger, can easily hold more than one scarf at the same time.
- Add more shelves: Most people do this, but it never hurts to remind people. If you have 12 or more inches between shelves, there is ample shape for another shelf. Customized shelves allow you to store the way you want — very unlike standard shelves wherein you store depending on how much space you have. For example, you can make shelves more than 12 inches away from each other if you wish to store boots but you can add more shelves at less distance if you only wish to store just clothes.
- Prioritize the Position of Items in the Closet: Non-clothing items like mattresses, quilts, comforters which you may not use throughout the year should be stored in top shelves — away from regular clothes. Similarly, items you use most often should be kept within easy reach.
- Install Drawer Organizers: Keep jewelry, socks, innerwear, and other small items in small drawers which you can make at home. Label them with bright stickers and markers to make sure you always know where to look for each.
- Add Corner Shelves: This works especially well for non-wearable items like bags. Add shelves to the corners of your room where you can easily store bags, jewelry, belts, and scarves. They will not take much space in the room and will free valuable space inside the closet for your clothes.
- Adda standalone shelf: Think of it as a way to show your best items! In case the closet in your house is not big enough, pick out the best items from your closet (your best bag, your best stiletto, your favorite belt, your best sunglasses) and put them on display on a separate shelf like they do in big showrooms. For more efficient storage, you can put these items on the top while using the bottom half for more purposeful items like towels.
As this year’s Valentine’s Day rather brought the engagement between Amazon and New York to its end, an ambitious strategy was in motion in full swings about 400 miles southeast, carrying both the technology giant and the Commonwealth of Virginia hand in hand to a more prosperous and assertive future in the evolving age of information.
On exactly Thursday, February 14, Amazon announced that, in the face of fierce backlash from lawmakers, unions and activists, it scrapped a plan to build an enormous headquarters in Long Island, New York. A mirroring $2.5 billion design for Arlington County, Virginia, however, remained intact and was to be further bolstered by cooperation from on the ground.
Focus on drawing in talent first
As was the case in New York, proposed state and local subsidies received the lion’s share in media attention. Yet for Virginia, it was not only about making the investment environment appealing for a major business to draw in the mouth-watering tech capital. In fact, the state’s focus was rather on drawing and developing the talent first, in the belief that it would guarantee exponential pecuniary benefits soon after. Amazon’s inclusion suited its desired direction for the years to come just so well.
In clear representation of the state’s choice of future, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) previously announced a long-studied plan to build a $1.1 billion innovation campus in Potomac Yard, straddling parts of Arlington and Alexandria just outside the nation’s capital. Its planned location was also only a mile apart from that of Amazon’s new HQ, the National Landing.
“This opportunity Amazon initiated became a catalyst for us continuing with our plans and it worked beautifully,” says University President Tim Sands in a video message on the new campus website. Accordingly, the university and the state have each committed quarter billion dollars to the project.
The National Landing’s developer JBG Smith is proud not only because of what it will build itself but also the state’s broader strategy that it emboldens in the process. “I actually envision a day when the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus and the graduates it is producing and all of the other employers that fill in around it and Amazon will be just as impactful and important in this market.” its CEO Matt Kelly said at a February 27 event he took part in as a panel speaker to discuss Amazon’s impact on the commonwealth.
For Julia Ross, dean of engineering at the university, it was high time for her institution to step in to fix the massive tech talent shortage in the state. “We know we are not graduating enough students. We know we have to be responsive to the needs of business and industry,” she was quoted as saying in an April 25 report.
The innovation campus will have its first students next year but its construction will continue until 2025 by when the university plans to have added at least 2000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students in the fields of computer sciences and software engineering with particular emphasis on machine learning and artificial intelligence.
In the meantime, the institution will accommodate new students either at its main campus in Blacksburg, southwestern Virginia, or at a rented complex elsewhere to help the state achieve its goal of doubling the size of its tech-force population over the next two decades.
Having a great closet is becoming a necessity in the present day. The organization of your home or the workplace can be a determinant of how successful your day will be. And an organized place helps in saving time. So, to get your home more organized, you will need a custom closet. You may think that only clothes styles’ change within season. But the same holds true for closet spaces. The trend for closet spaces is constantly evolving.
It is crucial to rate the construction of a home by how well it utilizes its space and specifically closet spaces.
When you have the latest and most space sufficient closet design, it will boost your confidence. How is that? You may ask. A closet is the place we turn to daily, and for many of us its first thing in the morning when we’re rushing to work. When we are rushing to get dressed and can’t find a specific article of clothing due to an overcrowding or insufficient closet space, it only adds negativity to the day as we will end up spending more time than needed on something as basic as our wardrobe and on the sole basis that it’s unpractical and overcrowded. However, if we turn that scenario around and transform our closet to a viable and well organized one, where we can easily spot every item, which can essentially reduce our time out the door, wouldn’t that boost our mood and confidence?
Now let us get to the nitty gritty of some of how you can achieve this transformation by discussing some of the latest closet designs this year.
Custom Closets in Rental Apartments
Many apartment building owners have started embedding custom closets in their buildings. In a recent past, custom closets were unheard of in apartments. And, in comparison to their counterparts who lived in houses and were able to add this option, the tenants of apartments were left without custom closet spaces. Quite recently, property managers realized this was a deterring factor for many apartment lessees, who needed more than anything somewhere to store and easily find their wardrobes and accessories at their preference of closet space.
Newer luxury apartments, like the ones in Washington D.C. have begun allowing their residents to install custom closets for themselves. The costs of these custom closets are at the expense of their renters and it is a cost many are willing to pay.
Many apartment building owners are using the custom closet feature as a way to entice potential residents. Therefore, if you are currently an apartment lessee and intend to be one for some time, your dreams of having a custom closet won’t have to be compromised much longer. Soon enough, every apartment will have the custom closet feature readily available.
Washington D.C.’s economy is thriving and the year 2018 and forward, people will be able to afford bigger and better than they once were. And more space consequently means more purposeful space which is obviously synonymous for purposeful closets.
Here are some factors you should keep in mind when designing your purposeful closet:
- Location, location, location. – We’ve heard it before but really, even for closets it’s all about location. Imagine having a closet that’s above your room, and having to climb a flight of stairs every day to get to it. Not very convenient, is it? A practical closet space is one that is easy to get to. So logically speaking, it should be attached to your room. If you are the owner of a house, then it should be in your master bedroom.
- The shape of your walk in. – The shape of your walk in is also extremely crucial. A square or rectangular shape for example, would be more practical than an L or I shape. An L shape would be very narrow and long and an I shape would be very narrow as well. And what about the rest of that L space that we could’ve used, had the space been a square or rectangular shape? Closets are one of those spaces where every extra bit of space counts. And an open space can be much easier to see your wardrobe in than a narrow one.
- What is your end goal? – When we create custom closets, we make sure that they accrue in their value as well. A custom walk-in closet is a great investment since it transforms and adds onto the entire bedroom. A good option is to consider a neutral palette and hardware. This will make your space more attractive for you and your potential home buyer, helping you achieve what your house is worth, if not more.
Some closet trends right now are embossed wood textures that you can both feel and touch. Integrated lighting is also a beneficial factor. Low voltage sophisticated LED lights not only make your closet look good but it can also help you reduce your electricity bill.
Every year we have a variety of products that are introduced due to growing innovation and growing trends. This year is no different and there has been an array of additions that can help you advance and increase your storage space.
- Reach-in Closet.The Reach-in closet is essentially a well-organized, shell like closet that will help you find pieces of your wardrobe in nanoseconds. The separating wall can be transformed into a shoe wall if you desire and can store about a hundred pairs of shoes. This closet type can help you achieve additional storage without compromising the look of an elegant bedroom.
- Pantry Closet
With an organized pantry you will save more time while you are going around your business in the kitchen. All our pantry closets have pullout shelves that make it easy to access kitchen appliances whenever they are needed.
- Wine storage and cellars
If you are a wine enthusiast, wine storage and cellars will make it easy for you to store and access your beverages. This closet allows you to arrange your drinks and flutes in a great and elegant way, all the while saving space and keeping the beverages out of minors reach.
- Media Wall Units
Another feasible product that we carry is the media wall unit. This allows you to seamlessly integrate electronics like television, sound systems, etc. It can also help provide your wall with integrated ambient lighting.
- Home Office
We can help you make your home an office where you can actually work from. An unused space or dedicated room can be transformed into a stylish, efficient, and elegant working space in no time.
The mudroom is a transition between the outdoors and the indoors. Here we design for you a space that will help you declutter your room and in addition will help keep your living room and other rooms clean. In the mudroom you will be able to keep your wet clothes and sports gear. And at the same time it will be elegant and lit up and simultaneously beauty the entrance of your home. Wouldn’t you like a mudroom?
We help you organize your laundry room with a custom closet that fits your laundry needs in a way where it can be organized efficiently and faster than ever.
- Wall Beds
Wall beds are an excellent space savor. You can pull them down whenever you need and when they’re not in use, you can just push them away and the space can be used for other purposes. A room with a wall bed can be used as a study space or a playroom; a guestroom or a library. The possibilities are endless for a room with a wall bed. Multiple standard mattress sizes which are durable and extremely efficient are highly recommended for wall beds. Both of which can be used either horizontally or vertically.
- Garage Storage
It is easy for the garage space to get cluttered and disorganized since there is too much to keep in the garage. So, let us make your garage more manageable by making superb use of the available space and simultaneously making it look elegant.
If you already have space you don’t know what to do with it then start with that space. Usually when space is already occupied, it is more difficult to have a vision for how it can be altered into a storage space. Contrastingly, when space is vacant, it is easier to visualize it as a storage space.
Closets will always be advancing in design as the time advances. To get the latest and most effective closet design, get in touch with us. We will offer you a free consultation, guaranteed. No matter what your preferences in design are, we are here to make your vision a reality.
At Closet & Beyond, Custom Closets D.C., we specialize in provision of high quality storage solutions that suit your day to day storage needs. We have a team of interior designers, installers, and builders with necessary skills to help you solve your biggest storage problems. Our headquarters are located in the Metro area Washington D.C. Visit us today!
When counting your home blessings design will be a priority. However, it might be for both the good and bad reasons. If probably, you are yet to have the best of it then remodeling should be your number one objective. Ideally, whenever one is doing a renovation, it will mean versatility in applications. That said you could now guess that even the smallest and despised areas in your house also require the same. Many leave closets on balance whenever they are outlining their remodeling needs.
Nevertheless, have you ever wondered how meaningful they are? Well, they can be insanely gorgeous when they are at peak. Remember Closet Reinstatement is not just a one-click transition. It is a systematic carry out that requires you to integrate both budget and efforts. Given that, you will perhaps need a lifetime company that taps the best for you. Closet and Beyond is one of such that gives you the best for less. It is exciting and convincing how engagement takes course throughout your project.
In fact, it will not matter how old and condemning your closet appears. What matters most is the way you make the best out of it after a renovation. Remodeling is not just an ordinary thought but also an impeccable one. It is famous for its trendsetting nature and quickness of transition. During Closet Reinstatement, reconstruction usually encompasses a variety of activities. Often it will involve planning, design, replacements, fixations, and paintings among others. It is no surprise that this is the only sure path to dream cabinets for a beautiful home.
Added Advantages of Renovating your Closets
Soon after giving your closets a new and prominent appearance, you are sure of reaping the best. Benefits of this are arguably unavoidable. Of course, every good thing is brought to life through the pain. Therefore, parting ways with your cash is necessarily the pain that you must endure. As at now, Closet Reinstatement gives you flexible budgets as the prime most benefit. You achieve this according to the size of your cabinets. What is clear is that if your closet is small, then the budget will too be friendly.
Additionally, during this phase, it occurs that you are the central manager of your project. Right from the first step, to the last one you remain to be the alpha and omega. You tend to enjoy these rights since everything is done only at your authorization. If you want good style, you get it, if you are for fantastic design and the like you receive it as well. The whole idea is a self-centered one. You can check up on your closet during this entire transition at will.
Remodeling closets will not leave anything outdated to chance. What may work for one person may not work for another. Due to this assumption, everyone enjoys an equal opportunity of settling for the best. Full customization is a guarantee of Closet Reinstatement. How easy it is to achieve this is one question yearning for solutions. Well, recall that each step is receptive to your personal preferences. With this, the whole makeover is potentially the best for you.
Everyone wants to have this upgrade. It is apparently a great idea that enhances the design and nature of any home. In many homes, closets are still unnoticeable, but this will not prevail. The secret to fit in changing times is to act early enough other than weep later. Discovering great ideas about closet remodeling is perhaps what you will need to consider. It is a sure way of doubling your home achievements by keeping off lousiness. More often than not, it is an idea that you will love.
If you are lucky to have a closet, there is a lot to own from it. Amidst all this, there will be a time when lousy look tends to grab the best from you. Occasionally many people will always succumb to this kind of torture. The outstanding question is why, but the semantic behind it is that they have probably not tried remodeling their closets. Though messy and disorganized, renovating them inspires and restores sanity in such cabinets.
When it is the right time to go up the ladder of Closet Remodeling, you will need to make up your mind. For this to happen, you will perhaps have to decide on either the good or the best. Ideally, the thought of remodeling a closet sounds better when done other than just saying. However, this should never intimidate your dreams. With Closet and Beyond, they will squeeze a lifetime look out of an obsolete one. Of course, it is through a procedural execution and refurbishment that merges modern design and style altogether.
You will never beg for an aesthetic outlook of your cabinet if you bold the idea of bathroom remodeling. Usually, renovating is a booming project that does not require much from you. The requisites of this plan are deliberately minimal. With just a small budget, proper consultation and a fraction of your time things turn heavenly. What you ought to know about the whole idea of renovation is probably something you already heard. For better results paintings, installations, fixations and the like will eventually take the course.
Procedures of Refurbishing Closets
Soon after composing yourself about flagging off your project, you will need proper guidelines for a smooth ride. Before you even splash out cash, you need to outline the space of your room, organization, and design. Many skip this step not knowing its importance. By so doing they end up with results that they never requested. However, when you adhere to the same, you get impressive results that do not require any manipulation none whatsoever.
Additionally, when you have attained a good plan, you are good to go. What you will require is hiring an expert to start laying out your plans for Closet Remodeling. The purpose of having someone who fully understands the task ahead is quite crucial. Often it may sound cheap but when the time comes for measurements and serious fixations hiring adopts new meaning. When you choose a quack, you are not only harming your budget but also your dream closet.
After meeting all the requisites, it is a guarantee that your closets will have gotten a new definition. From old to new yours will be to enjoy palatial cabinets that customize your feel from good to better. If you are wondering about the essence of this undertaking, it is no doubt that you are despising beauty. It is debatable that even after all these efforts there might be some setbacks. They will coerce but when you remain focused throughout the entire period, you will eventually trample on them.
To reap serious benefits from closet remodeling then you have to keep watch on every step. More importantly, whenever one is doing or planning to renovate a variety of choices will always sprout. Concerning this, the most puzzling test lies between choosing the good and the bad. In reality, it is a cheap test for anyone with definite plans and proper preparations. If you want to stand lucky, then this will never be a choice. Regardless of the minute size of closets, they will always crave for significant attention. After so doing you start reading from the same page with greatness.
Owning a home with beautiful interiors is every home owner’s desire. Nevertheless, if your home is that which is out of date, you can restore its attractiveness through remodeling. Ideally, renovating is notorious for busting budgets. That said, it is clear that sailing through will prompt for a detailed and prior plan. There is yet no sure way of mitigating the same, but you can kick off your project by renovating your closets. In fact, starting with them plus other minor refurbishments is a sure way to surviving a hefty budget.
Your Closet Remodeling plan can only be successful if it blends both style and design. Perhaps, after trying this, an aesthetic appearance will always broadcast from afar. Besides having a lifetime look, you will need to be true to yourself by counting in big solutions. Closet and Beyond fosters confidence by constructing a new look for any home especially when speaking of cabinets. Of course, fabulous results accompany irresistible advantages. Equally important is that the good and the bad are inseparable. Despite the thin line, you ought to underline the fact that benefits surpass shortcomings at all levels.
The Joy of Renovating Closets
Ideas for Closet Remodeling will perhaps rotate around space, outlook, organization and even a great design. More importantly, refurbishing these cabinets is an all round procedure. It will flip through planning, designing and finally implementing. If space is your core target, the hacks of maximizing it are through consistent and composed takeover. If you are opting for space makeover, you need to come up with your desired dimensions. The significance of such measurements is to make your space wish explicit.
For fantastic outlook and organization, the secret is clear. Do not be so much preoccupied with thinking about them since they are beyond you. Exclusive designers and amateurs usually take on the challenge in an exceptional manner. Whether it pays or not the guess is as good as the thought. Magnificence is a sure guarantee for any closet that undergoes the renovation. Additionally, it hooks you up with an appearance that stands the test of time.
Advantages of having Updated Closets
After investing in this whole plan of renovation, excuses roll out to become results. Advantages are ideally innumerable if you have not tried this before. As at now, it remains to be a cost-effective technique of redefining any room be it in a home or office premise. It is a dream project that costs you half less than replacements. Often it is a notable one due to its ability to slash budgets.
Unlike other remodeling plans, Closet Remodeling is a simple project to take on and save your time. In many instances, it will involve simple installations and refurbishments. With experts, it is usually a swift task that neither takes weeks nor months. However, this step is highly dependent on size. The simple correlation is that small sizes take lesser time and vice versa. Besides this, your input will also factor in realizing easiness of completion.
When you want to integrate uniqueness in your Closet Remodeling project, you will be probably talking about style. Well, a good style is an advantage in itself that is primarily for you. Due to this, it is indisputable that you will not strain to capture it. It is in a wrap for anyone wishing to add flair through remodeling. Fortunately, the advantages of adding life to your closets seem to be non-ending. It never costs an arm or a limb to be a beneficiary. Renovation of the same requires your input significantly. Given that, soon after you have finally made up your mind, you can now set your feet to greatness.