At some point, we’ve all sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction as our favorite fictional character opens the doors to her closet to reveal not only a clean space, but an organizational utopia where every purse, every shoe, and every stitch of clothing has a space of its own.
Apart from the sigh-worthiness of a truly organized closet comes a few other perks: saving time and money. When your closet is a mess you waste time trying to find your clothes, that pair of shoes you need, or that scarf you like. You may not think your dream closet can become a reality, but amazing custom closets are more attainable than you might think.
Shelving and Closet Components
Closet organizers come in different materials, colors and designs. Decide on a color and design scheme that will serve as the theme for your closet reorganization project. Uniformity of components does a lot to make your closet look stylish, organized and inspiring.
Prepare color swatches if you must, but consider that neutral tones work best if you want a blank canvas as backdrop for those daily life-changing decisions such as, “Does this primrose velour skater skirt match this fuchsia silk shirt?”
Options, Options, Options
Remember this is your dream closet, and it can be as simple or elaborate as you want. Don’t forget about all the endless accessories, organizers and features your closet could have.
Hampers and baskets. Removable laundry baskets, tilt-out hampers, and slide-out baskets are just some options available. Keep laundry out of sight so nothing spoils your new view.
Racks and rods. Whether you sport a scarf every day or have an impressive tie collection, scarf, tie, and belt racks can be wall-mounted or sliding. Speaking of sliding, have you heard of a valet rod? Simply slide the valet rod out and voila! The perfect perch for tomorrow’s outfit or today’s dry cleaning.
Mirrors and ironing boards. Why not use a mirror to confirm what you already know? You look great!. A mirror in your closet can help prevent you wandering from room to room as you check yourself out and did you know that they could be retractable? While an ironing board may not be the sexiest part of your closet, it may be a necessary accessory. The good news? You can have it custom built to slide out of site when not in use!
Hutches and islands. Hutches are perfect for spaces that can accommodate extra storage. With doors and deeper depths, you can keep your less-used items safe, organized, and out of sight. If you have a larger walk-in closet, treat yourself to an island! Perfect for jewelry drawers, hand bags and built-in bench seating, your closet becomes more and more like a sanctuary.
Sliding shelves and drawers. If you like to keep everything in sight, sliding shelves are the perfect option. With the ability to slide in and out, your folded items will always be in reach. Not a fan of that idea? Soft-close drawers with stylish hardware help keep your items neat while keeping them out of site.
Shoe storage and pant racks. We all have more than 3 pairs of shoes and storing your shoes properly can mean the difference between keeping them clean and in shape or sorting through a pile to find the right to your left. Pants can be the same way. The unsung hero of the closet, pants deserve a little extra care, too. Pant racks can help store your slacks while keeping them in ready-to-wear shape at all times.
Wardrobe lifts. You may not need that cute blazer or that sport coat for everyday use so why take up valuable real estate? With a wardrobe lift you can easily store less frequently used items in a higher, out of the way place.
Jewelry drawer inserts. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then you should treat them that way. Why have a jewelry box when you can have organized jewelry drawers for your most used and most precious pieces? Not a huge jewelry person? Think about similar storage solutions for watches.
At the end of the day, custom closet design is what you make it. Reach-in closets can have the functionality of a walk-in if you design it just right and your walk-in can grow in size with just the write storage solutions. Be sure you have an idea of what you want before you meet with your design professional and move that closet from dream to reality! Be sure to check out our guide and customer gallery for inspiration and even more closet design ideas.