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Closet space is one of those things that we never seem to get enough of. And while a walk-in closet is the stuff of dreams, very often the reality is an undersized wardrobe that is jam-packed, with rails laden with hangers and shelves full of clothes.
While a larger wardrobe can solve the problem, if that isn’t an option, organizing the space you have available more efficiently will work wonders. Tidy up your bedroom with these ingenious ideas and smart purchases that will help you expand your closet space.
Closet Storage Ideas
1. Personalize the interior of your wardrobe
Make your bedroom wardrobe idea work for you, tailoring the interior to your specific needs. Customizable layouts offer more flexibility than a standard cabinet – you can choose exactly how many rails, shelves, drawers or baskets you want – and are a cheaper alternative to custom built-in cabinets.
Create a combination that suits your clothes. If you don’t have a lot of longer items, save space by combining a hanging rail with drawers or a storage shelf underneath. Or if you have a lot of sweaters and jeans, include shelving or storage.
Buy now: Pax wardrobe frame, from £ 40, IKEA
2. Use dividers to separate storage space
Make better use of shelf space inside a cabinet with neat plastic dividers to separate piles of clothes. Bulky items like sweaters and denim jeans can take up a lot of drawer space, but stacking them in piles makes them easier to access. Thicker items bend easily and won’t wrinkle or lose shape when stacked in piles
3. Use the doors for space-saving storage
A good idea for a smart little bedroom is to look for storage in every available space. The storage capacity of this standard cabinet is maximized by a smart door hanger that provides extra space for all kinds of accessories that threaten to clutter up a bedroom. This example shows how, in a child’s room, even toys can be put away, hidden out of sight by hanging them on the back of the door.
4. Stack the shoes so that they are very easy to find
Place twice as many shoes in the same space with these smart stackers. One shoe sits on top of the plastic rack and the other fits below – with the two shoes stowed together, it’s also easier to find pairs.
5. Organize the little ones with adjustable dividers
Small items like underwear, tights, and socks can get tangled and tangled if everything is stored in a drawer. These smart adjustable dividers simply pull apart to fit the size of the drawer (so they work with any drawer) and can be used to separate the contents so you can more easily find what you’re looking for.
6. Use every square inch with stackable storage
The space at the back of a cupboard is often forgotten. Separate short and longer pieces for easier access to floor space, then invest in stackable boxes that can be arranged to fit. Transparent boxes let you see what’s inside at a glance and are ideal for storing shoes or knitwear.
7. Avoid tangled accessories
Keep a collection of scarves, belts or jewelry tidy with this multi-purpose hanger that can be hung on a clothes rail. Taking up less space than a standard hanger, it has a series of loops where you can hang all kinds of accessories to keep them from getting tangled.
Buy now: Komplement hanger, £ 3, IKEA
8. Use transparent boxes to see what’s inside.
Make use of wasted space at the top of a cabinet with these sturdy plastic stackable crates. Great for bulky items or off-season clothing, the clear plastic lets you see what’s inside, while the lids close securely to keep clothing moth-proof.
9. Fill in awkward spaces with stackable lockers
These stackable wardrobe organizers allow you to use all available space inside a wardrobe and are a great way to fill in any gaps or awkward spaces that might otherwise go unused.
Great for shirts or knits, the vented sides allow air to circulate, and they have zippers at the bottom (like a drawer) so you can pull them out individually.
10. Slot in a hanging shelf
If you have a lot of hanging space but could use a few extra shelves, try this space-saving fabric hanging rack. With six compartments, it will provide additional storage space for folded items, like knitwear or jeans, but easily folds up when not needed.
Buy now: Skubb hanging storage, £ 7, IKEA
11. Organize the wardrobe closet
Make more space inside your closet by organizing a system. Hang clothes by categories, then inside them by sleeve length and color for easy visibility. Keep items you wear often where they can be seen and easily accessible, with items you wear less often (like chunky sweaters) at the top of the closet.
12. Store and hide the TV in a cabinet
Who said a bedroom closet was just for clothes? Fitted wardrobes are the perfect place to hide a TV, because let’s be honest, a TV doesn’t add to the style of a bedroom decor – it’s best to hide it.
13. Use baskets to maximize space
A freestanding cabinet will have valuable storage space if you use the top. Baskets above a wardrobe are the perfect place to store extra clothes, towels or bedding. Matching baskets throughout your bedroom will create a cohesive look that will keep your sleeping space neat and tidy.
A matching peg rail will provide extra space to hang towels or plan your outfits for the next day, just like a stylist would.
What’s the best way to organize a wardrobe?
‘Make good habits’ advises professional organizer Vicky Silinsiorn, from ”You need a Vicky ‘ its own professional organization service. “Put away the clothes at the end of the day. Make sure everything has a home – if you have to wonder where it is then it’s not obvious or practical enough.
‘Arranged in stages. Rearranging an entire wardrobe takes time to get it right – removing it all in one go can be overwhelming. Attacking it one rail, drawer or section at a time is much more manageable. ‘
How to store clothes with little space?
To store clothes with little space, you need to be smart with your solutions. Vicky advises, “Fold items in a practical way that suits the space. The higher a pile, the more likely it is to fall, so aim for shorter, well-bent piles. Fold to a standard you can follow – there’s no point in folding socks into neat squares if you know you won’t bother to do it. ‘