Closet storage ideas – 10 ways to maximize the space in your closet

1. Leave A Section Of Your Closet Storage 'Open'

Leaving a section of your closet 'open' will encourage you to keep that section or area free from clutter and chaos. 'Fitted cabinetry used to be simply about hidden storage, however, now there are so many options to compartmentalize and light the internal space that joy can be found inside,' says Alice Hood, senior design consultant at Roundhouse.

2. Invest In A Central Island

'An island that incorporates practical closet storage designs will help to create a highly functional and organized area in your space,' says Andrea. 'Incorporating a small island will not only give you extra drawers but can also double up as a dressing table, or a place for jewelry, and decorative accessories. If small allows, a simple seat will allow for the perfect place to perch when getting ready for a night out.'

3. Incorporate A Rail For Pants

4. Utilize Every Inch Of The Home

If you don't have a walk-in closet, don't fret. Any spare room or cupboard can be turned into closet storage in a moment with just some pretty wallpaper ideas and a simple yet stylish clothes rail. If your ceiling is high enough, include a shelf for practical storage boxes or hide away unused – but still wanted – shoes and other lesser-used accessories.

5. Go For A Truly Bespoke Design

'There are many options for personalizing your closet to ensure it works perfectly for your lifestyle,' says Rachal Hutcheson, national retail manager at Sharps. 'Perfect your closet layout by designing your storage according to how you dress. There are many options for customizing a closet – consider curved corner rails, pull-out trouser rails, and pull-down hanging rails to ensure your wardrobe is as efficient as it can be.'

6. Show Off Your Shoes

‘More often than not, shoes can be slightly lost in the back of the closet with favorite pairs forgotten over time,' says Nicola Buxton, design manager at HUX London. 'Why not make a feature of treasured items such as shoes and handbags with custom cabinetry that not only ensures everything is organized and easily found but is also illuminated and showcased with glass doors, creating a wonderful showstopping feature within the room.'

7. Keep Open Closet Storage Organized

'To make sure you are maximizing your hanging closet space, specialty pant and coat hangers are worth the investment, felt hangers actually do help save space and they keep clothes from slipping off,' says Janelle Burns, interior designer at Maestri Studio. 'When you buy more clothes, either buy more hangers for the garment type or edit clothes out. Every type of garment should have a proper hanger – it looks nice and it also really helps the day-in-day-out function of your closet.'

8. Incorporate As Many Storage Elements As Possible

'The beauty of having space for a walk-in closet or dressing room means you can use a myriad of storage options tailored to your exact needs and different elements work well for different items of clothing,' says Rebecca Nokes, head of design & brand creative at John Lewis of Hungerford.

9. Display Your Clothes Like A Shop Interior

'If maximizing space is a high priority, look up,' says Jennifer. 'Much like your favorite clothing store, make sure built-in storage solutions are as tall as possible and as deep as possible. This is particularly important if you’re thinking about how to turn a room into a walk-in closet and want to make the most out of limited dimensions.'

10. Have A Section That Includes Shelving And Drawers

‘With daily life busier than ever, having plenty of closet storage to help keep life organized is so helpful,' says Caroline Milns, head of interior design at Zulufish. 'It’s a good idea to always plan for more and looking at the overall space you can often discover awkward nooks and crannies that you incorporate into a built-in system.'

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