How do you maximize space in a small walk-in closet? 5 tricks design experts use

1. Streamline Solutions In A Small Closet

You may have to edit what you include in a small closet, depending on its dimensions, and good closet organizers are key. ‘Closets should have four main features: a single hang column, a double hang column, shelving, and a main shelf above everything,’ advises Lucy Small, founder of north Georgia’s State and Season Home Design & Supply. ‘Drawers or closed storage is a personal preference but if you have those four components you will have a well-appointed closet.’ However, if space is limited, opt for just two of those features, she recommends. ‘For a small walk-in closet you can optimize with just shelving and a double hang column.’

2. Think Vertical Space

To create more room to store in a small walk-in closet, be sure to look upwards. ‘When you have a small closet, it’s important to maximize your vertical space,’ says Kerry Sherin. ‘It might mean getting additional shelving so you can use all the space.’ Consider also combining two types of storage solution to use the full height of the closet. ‘Hanging rails up high with shelving or drawers at base work wonders,’ says William Durrant, owner of Herringbone Kitchens, which creates fitted furniture for the whole house.

3. Add Bins And Baskets

Boosting storage space in a small walk-in closet won’t be worthwhile if you can’t easily access items, but there is a simple solution. ‘Bins and baskets are always good for organizing, and they can help with top shelves in a small walk-in closet,’ says Ownerly’s Kerry Sherin. ‘Consider putting bins on those higher shelves so you can pull them down and grab what you need.’

4. Go For Slim Hangers

Hangers can create a lot of unnecessary bulk and it’s space that can’t be spared in a small walk-in. The answer? ‘Go for thinner hangers. Walk-in closets with small rods have fewer clothes hangers. You can fit more items in the closet if you use thin hangers,’ says Kerry Sherin.

5. Order By Frequency Of Use And Season

How you use a small walk-in closet is also crucial to maximizing its potential. ‘Keeping your closet tidy when it’s on the smaller side is key, as this will make you feel like you have more space,’ says Juliette Thomas, founder and director, Juliettes Interiors. ‘Store items you use less often towards the back and everyday items at the front. Keep bulky coats and jackets out of your closet as they can take up lots of space. ‘When it comes to changing your wardrobe seasonally, opt for vacuum packs as a great way to save space as they compact down and can be neatly stacked at the back of the closet or in the attic.’

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