Need more space for your stuff? Use space saver closets. They’re an easy and inexpensive way to make your home feel more spacious. This trick of the trade will increase the storage capacity of your closet without altering the square footage. You’ll be surprised at how much room you actually have!

The Benefits of Space Saver Closets

Maintaining organization can be difficult, especially when it comes to tight spaces. It’s easy to become overwhelmed. But efficient closets make staying organized more manageable. The right closet organizers allow you to pack a lot of stuff into a very small area. And the good thing is that anyone can have good closets. That’s because space-saving closets can be installed by the average homeowner and are relatively inexpensive.

Space Saving Closet Design Basics

  • Use Double-Hang Closet Organizers

    There are two main weapons when attacking the crowded closet and one of them is the double-hang closet organizer. That’s because it allows you to store twice as much in the same amount of space. Ordinary closets include one hanging rod with a single shelf above. But the majority of garments don’t need that much hanging room. Most shelf items are not that high either. Raise the rod and shelf to 79-inches off the floor. This should give you plenty of room to install a second rod and shelf underneath the first one at about 40.5-inches from the floor. Each rod can still have a usable shelf above it for shoes, folded jeans, etc. This arrangement is referred to in the closet industry as “double-hang.” The great thing about it is that the majority of clothing will fit in a double-hang closet section. This means you’ve just increased your storage in that part of your closet twice over. You only need to reserve a small section of your closet for longer garments.

  • Custom space saver closet plan
    This custom closet plan saves a lot of closet space by using double-hang storage units for the majority of the clothes hanging needs. Only a single small section is left for long garments like bathrobes, long dresses, and trench coats. Most people simply don’t have a lot of long clothing. This, in turn, frees up an entire wall for shelves. There is even enough room left over for a set of closet drawers.

  • Organize with Shelves

    Now that you’ve freed up some closet space by moving the majority of your hanging clothes to a double-hang rod system, it’s time to add shelves. Shelves are the second major weapon when building a space saver closet. In fact, it is impossible to overdo it on the shelves. Add as many as you can fit. And don’t forget about those easy to miss areas like above the door or window.

    There are two standard depths for closet shelves. Make sure your shelves are either 12-inches or 14-inches deep. This will allow you the ability to add standard closet accessories to your shelves. Organizing accessories like pull-out racks, built-in hampers, and wire-baskets can store more items in less space than other storage strategies. 14-inch depth is preferred for closets because most jeans, sweaters, bath sheets, and beach towels will hang over the edge of a 12-inch shelf.

    Space saver pantry closet with plenty of standard width shelves
    This plan for a pantry closet offers a lot of shelves. That, in turn, means a lot of storage. All of the shelves are 14-inches deep and a standard width. This helps create even more efficient storage opportunities because the shelves are ready to accept organizing racks for bottles, spices, and more. 14-inch deep pull-out wire baskets are also included in this space saver closet design.

  • Other Important Space Saving Closet Rules to Consider

    • The Rule of the Corner:

      Hanging units should go into the corners. Shelving, drawer units or half/half units should be used out of the corner. This allows easy access past the shallower unit when reaching into the corner.

    • The Rule of the Short Wall:

      Consider using the shortest walls for hanging units. The shorter walls allow for a more accurate measurement. Accurate measurement is essential to effective closet design.

    • The Rule of Shelving:

      If possible, keep shelving units to standard widths. Standard widths of 18-inches, 24-inches or 30-inches will allow for accessories and drawers to be added at the lowest possible cost. Shelves with the same widths are interchangeable throughout the system. (Tip: Most closet drawers are included as part of a shelving section. Custom sizes always cost more and can run up the price of your closet quickly).

Ready to tackle your own storage needs with a space saver closet?

There are a lot of benefits to living in a smaller home. For example, they cost less upfront. They are cheaper to maintain. They don’t need as much cleaning; you can afford to be in a more expensive neighborhood/school district… the list goes on and on. The downside to smaller homes is the lack of storage because of reduced square footage. That’s why we recommend space saver closets. Space saver closets are an easy and effective way to live comfortably in a smaller home. For instance, you can keep all your “stuff” but won’t need to live in clutter. Other possible solutions include renting an outside storage unit, but that’s simply not as convenient. Custom closets with a place for everything are the way to go.

We’re confident that once you give space saver closets a try, you’ll never go back to the standard wire closet again. And they’re not just for small homes. Any home can benefit from efficient closet design. After all, if you need less space for the closet that means more square footage is available for other pursuits. Just think of the possibilities. For instance, a craft room, home office, home theater, and more might fit into space formerly occupied by closet storage. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on space-saving closets today.

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