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How To Design Your Custom Reach-In Closet

Posted by Ben Bennett on Nov 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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Walk-in closets are all the rage, but there is no reason to believe that a reach-in closet cannot be just as organized and useful. With these ideas, you can envision a custom reach-in closet that solves your worst storage problems.

Design to Fit Your Needs

With a limited space for storage, you want to go into the construction of the closet with a very clear plan in mind. Make a list of the things that you must store in the closet. Keep in mind that you are not bound to store all of your clothes in the closet. You may freely choose to keep one type of clothing in the space, and store the rest of your clothes elsewhere. For example, a small reach-in closet would be ideal to organize accessories. You could designate plenty of space for scarves, belts, purses and hats, with lots of room left over for your shoes. In fact, you might dedicate the entire closet to a larger shoe collection.

This approach easily applies to the other reach-in closets throughout your home. Does your coat closet sit relatively empty because you prefer to store your coats in other places? Find another solution for the closet. A small closet near a door would be perfect to put the family’s winter gear, or to store some of your sports equipment. You may even want to organize the closet by season, keeping the snow clothes in the winter, and the sports jerseys and balls during the summer.

Add Storage Space

No matter how small the square footage, you can create a custom reach-in closet that meets your needs perfectly. Select the components that help you to store everything you want, including shelving, drawers and hanging rods.

Adjustable Shelves: 

Adjustable shelving is one of the best ways to customize your storage as you need it. The point of adjustable shelving is that you can change it on a whim. The depth and length of the shelves may be customized to fit the closet. You start out storing equipment in the winter, with more space for boots or cold weather gear near the bottom. Once spring arrives, you need to switch around the arrangement to keep your summer clothes, shoes and decorative hats. With just a few minutes, you can almost completely redesign your closet whenever you want to.

Built-In Drawers: 

77.jpgYou have to maximize every available inch of room, and this is where custom drawers come in. Closet drawers allow you to store smaller items that are hard to put on a shelf and are not realistic to hang on a rod. A drawer system that is cookie cutter may not use the space effectively, leaving you with gaps on all sides. Built-in drawers provide a seamless fit, and can increase your available storage space by several cubic feet. You can specify the height and the depth of each individual drawer, creating ample room for your sweaters, as well as shallow drawers that will hold small accessories. Drawer dividers keep all your tiny things separate and neat, even jewelry.

Double Hanging Rods: 

Pretty much every basic closet has a hanging rod. You should know that you could change up the position or length of the hanging rod with ease. Most of your clothing does not require the entire height of the closet. Add a second rod at about waist height to organize pants, skirts and other clothing items that are not very tall. This simple and budget-friendly storage approach also leaves the floor free and uncluttered.

Utilize Vertical Space

The concept of modular design helps you to configure your closet to use the vertical space. It is a bit like Tetris for home organization. Most closets have a huge gap between the hanging rod and the ceiling. This is wasted space perfect for out-of-season storage, if only you think of how to use it effectively.

Start by thinking vertically. For example, long dresses and full suits need at least five feet of space to hang down without dragging along the floor. Where do you want to place the hanging rod? You might choose to place it so the clothing hangs just above the floor, maximizing potential shelving space above the rod. You could also place the rod higher in the closet, so you have more open space below for drawers or an additional hanging rod. Reserve the highest spots in the closet for seasonal storage that you do not need very often. Shelves will hold clear plastic bins, and you may be able to keep most of your seasonal decorations or summer clothing there.

On-the-Go Design

The arrangement of the closet should be based on convenient use. If the closet is a pain for you to find what you need, or to put things away, it will get disorganized very quickly. Formulate a list of the things you plan to use the most often. Put those items as close to the center of the closet, where your hands will be positioned when you first open the closet. Use drawers for stacks of clothing or items that come in large quantities, such as socks. Keep shelves for bins and baskets that help to keep things organized and easy to reach.

If you really need to get to all parts of the closet on a regular basis, consider adding a lightweight step stool that you can hang on the wall with a hook. That way, you can take it, step up to the higher shelves, grab the bin you need, step back down and put away the stool in less than a minute. An efficient design will save you time and make your day less stressful.

Your reach-in closets are waiting for a storage solution that cuts the clutter in your home and simplifies your life. Explore our custom closet solutions and see which one might work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free custom reach-in closet organization quote.

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