A custom closet can make a house and can give you a wealth of additional storage to work with.
Their flexibility and versatility make custom closets high in demand in the current hot Austin real estate market, as everyone wants to either make their home stand out on the market or make the most of every single precious square foot of space.
When our designers create custom closets for our clients, they include a set of secret weapons – closet accessories. These special features are created specifically to maximize space in closets.
They also make your daily processes of getting ready and of keeping your space tidy much easier. We’ve outlined some of our favorite custom closet accessories and exactly how they benefit your space. And, bonus factor, they can also be included in other key areas of your home where space is at a premium, including laundry rooms, pantries, home offices and more.
Here’s a list of the custom closet accessories our designers love using the most when working with clients:
1. Shoe storage.
In almost every custom closet, people ooh and aah the most over perfectly organized shoe shelves. Whether you’re showing off your Louboutins, making space for a collection of Jordans or keeping your everyday boots, heels and sandals in order, shoe shelves keep your shoes off the floor and within easy reach.
Shoe lovers have several options to choose between, depending on how much they want to show off their favorite pairs. The most exciting new shoe storage is our Rotating Shoe Tower.
This new closet feature maximizes corner space with a rotating tower of shelves, sort of like a Lazy “Shoe-san” right in your closet. And one side panel of the shoe tower boasts a beautiful full-length mirror. Shoe cubbies are a popular choice for flat shoes, flip flops, sandals, or smaller sneakers. Shoe fences are a popular way to display dress shoes and pretty things. And of course, adjustable shelves will accommodate varying shoe and boot heights. In addition, with adjustable shelf sizes, it’s easy to rotate tall boots or strappy sandals to the most accessible areas depending on the season.
2. Pull-out hamper.
Our goal in a custom closet is to have a place for everything and that includes your laundry. Collecting laundry in a typical basket means having an extra item on the floor in your closet space, which will create clutter and become an impediment to freely moving through the closet.
A pull-out hamper, on the other hand, has its specific place in your closet shelving and it’s easily stored away when not in use.
It makes accessing your laundry easier and includes a bag that can be removed and thrown in the wash along with your clothes, so that it stays fresh over time. Hampers come in a couple of configurations, the most popular are the glide out hamper, and the tilting hamper.
As a hint, consider adding a pull-out hamper in your laundry room or master bath as well. Anywhere where clothes tend to accumulate, you can use a hamper to keep them orderly even while they’re waiting for the wash!
3. Fold-away ironing board.
We all wish we could forget about ironing all together. Having an easy place to fold up the ironing board and keep it out of the way is probably the next best thing.
No one enjoys dealing with the clunky, oversized ironing board that needs to be hung up and stored or stashed between your washer and the wall. The fold-away ironing board is small and efficient and you can keep it in your custom closet instead of stopping midway through getting dressed and heading across the house to retrieve it.
4. Charging stations.
Depending on the space and size of your closet, you may want to include a charging area for your small devices.
This space includes outlets to plug in small electronics. Many people use it as a storage place for the devices that they want to have close at hand but don’t necessarily want cluttering up their bedrooms at night – things like phones, tablets or e-readers and earbuds.
5. Fold-out mirrors.
A fold-out mirror can make getting ready more seamless. It’s stored away within the closet when you don’t need it.
When you’re getting ready, you can pull it out and make sure your outfit’s coming together just the way you hoped – no need to disrupt your routine by running to the bathroom and using the mirror there to evaluate your appearance.
6. Jewelry drawer inserts.
Drawer inserts make storing items like jewelry extremely easy. And, they also reduce the number of jewelry boxes and organizer you have out and taking up valuable space.
While clients most often use these inserts for their jewels and baubles, we’ve also seen them used creatively for other things. For example, one sun-glass collector used her jewelry drawer to organize her extensive collection of sunglasses.
7. Accessory racks.
Need a spot for ties, belts and scarves? A valet rod, belt rack, or gliding scarf rack help to store accessories tidily and efficiently, while also making them easily accessible. With accessory racks, you can make sure all your items are on display, so you can coordinate your outfits with ease.
8. Wardrobe lifts.
Wardrobe lifts are mechanized clothes racks that are mounted overhead and can be dropped down when you need them to be easily accessible. These multi-layered hanging racks give you double the storage space and take advantage of high ceiling heights and space that you normally would not otherwise be able to access.
Hooks can be multi-purposed. They can conveniently hold the items you’ll grab everyday on your way out – things like your everyday handbag or your winter coat.
If you like to wear long, dangling necklaces, installing hooks in your jewelry area can give you a place to keep them. Hanging them up can prevent tangling and thus reduce the likelihood of a jewelry-related delay while you’re getting ready.
How to Build the Custom Closet of your Dreams
When it comes to a custom closet, you probably start with a few “wants,” but then have no idea where to go from there. Your first step should be to gather as many ideas as you can, then talk with a designer to figure out how to make them all come together cohesively.
You can do both at the More Space Place Austin showroom. Visit us and check out our roomscapes and closetscapes, then schedule a time to talk with our designers about the custom closet options that work with your space, lifestyle, needs and budget.